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Share your brigade's initiatives

A new online observation tool allows members to share their initiatives, observations and lessons from the fire season. 

 3.25 PM 14 February, 2014

Building diversity in CFA

An opportunity exists for members to take part in an important study being conducted on the way which CFA currently engages with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) as a means to build better community relationships and sustain volunteerism in to the future.

 11.26 AM 1 February, 2014

You can help with sleep study

Bushfire CRC PhD student Grace Vincent from Deakin University is recruiting firefighters from across Australia to help gather important data on firefighters and sleep during multi-day deployments.

 9.20 AM 29 January, 2014

Official opening at Blackwood

On Sunday 19 January 2014, the Blackwood Fire Station and Community Fire Refuge was officially opened by the Premier of Victoria, The Hon Dr Denis Napthine.

 9.31 AM 21 January, 2014

CSIRO/CFA start fires video update

Controlled, planned and carefully measured grass fires were monitored by scientists.

 11.25 AM 6 January, 2014

Community safety research released

The Bushfire CRC's Fire Update December newsletter is out now, featuring findings from the community safety research task force undertaken after the January 2013 NSW bushfires.

 3.27 PM 20 December, 2013

New research centre launched

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) was officially launched on the lawns in front of Parliament House in Canberra by the federal Minister for Justice, the Hon Michael Keenan on 10 December.

 3.12 PM 20 December, 2013

How communities reacted to bushfire

The Bushfire CRC's Fire Note 119 explores the findings from the community safety research undertaken in New South Wales following large bushfires near Yass, Shoalhaven and Coonabarabran in January 2013.

 4.25 PM 17 December, 2013

Community warnings workshops

Over the past month Brigades in the Knox region have been participating in an innovative community warnings workshop.

 1.51 PM 16 December, 2013

CEO blog: Delay RDDS transition

Transition to the new digital radio dispatch network has been delayed until mid-2014, while the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) works to train the necessary VicFire dispatch operators.

 9.05 AM 28 November, 2013

World first CFA/CSIRO research

Wangaratta residents may see smoke in their area over the next few weeks as CFA and CSIRO undertake new cutting-edge research.

 2.30 PM 27 November, 2013

Scientific smoke in Wangaratta

Wangaratta is hosting a world leading experimental burn assisted by unmanned air vehicles, infrared gear, tankers from the local Erica and Wangaratta groups as well as representatives from NSW RFS.

 3.43 PM 25 November, 2013

Books strengthen bushfire safety

The Bushfire CRC's Fire Update November newsletter is out now, featuring news from the recent book and ebook launch in Melbourne on 23 October.

 1.19 PM 12 November, 2013

Research into managing incidents

Better management of emergency incidents can reduce any adverse consequences on communities.

 11.36 AM 30 October, 2013

Bushfire CRC Fire Update October

The Bushfire CRC's Fire Update October newsletter is now online, featuring a call for volunteers for a study investigating firefighters and fatigue.

 4.06 PM 17 October, 2013

Chief Officer: Update your details

Chief Officer Euan Ferguson is asking all members to update their contact details ahead of the fire season.

 12.17 PM 15 October, 2013

Firefighters needed for sleep study

Bushfire CRC PhD student Grace Vincent from Deakin University is recruiting 50 firefighters from across Australia to help gather important data on firefighters and sleep during multi-day deployments.

 2.31 PM 8 October, 2013

Why do people wait & see?

Different psychological processes between individuals drives decision making. What does this mean for residents who are threatened by bushfire? Why do they decide to evacuate, stay and defend or wait and see?

 12.49 PM 4 October, 2013

Bushfire CRC Fire Update September

The Bushfire CRC's September Fire Update newsletter is now online, featuring a full wrap from the annual Bushfire CRC and AFAC conference. 

 4.05 PM 16 September, 2013

Early season outlook

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson has called on the community to start preparing for the fire season now after early indications suggest an "above normal" fire weather risk.

 3.36 PM 2 September, 2013