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Fires at home, itchy feet for recruit

“It felt pretty ordinary being here learning how to be a firefighter when your joint was on fire,” said newly qualified career firefighter recruit Ben Todd, 26, who started his first posting today at Geelong City Fire Brigade after graduating last Friday.

 4.36 PM 23 December, 2014

District 5 information sessions on air support

Senior volunteers in CFA’s District 5 have had the opportunity to look at aircraft, talk to pilots and see a load of water dropped as part of an information and training session held the first weekend in December at Hamilton airport.

 12.57 PM 22 December, 2014

VFBV leadership scholarships - apply now

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) is now calling for expressions of interest from potential applicants for scholarships to the 2015 Volunteer Leadership Program.

 11.23 AM 22 December, 2014

New career firefighters graduate from Fiskville

Another 18 new career firefighters have today (Friday 19 December) joined more than 700 staff already protecting lives and property at fire stations across Victoria.

 2.38 PM 19 December, 2014

Graduation streamed live

Watch 18 new career firefighters graduate today live from CFA Training College Fiskville.

 8.48 AM 19 December, 2014

Volunteer Recruitment Program

The function of CFA Statewide Recruitment is to understand the need for initiatives that attract, recruit and develop an effective volunteer workforce.

 1.14 PM 12 December, 2014

Graduation day for first ever joint recruit course

Twenty-four career firefighters have graduated from Victoria’s first ever joint agency recruit firefighter course, the first to take place at the newly-opened Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre at Craigieburn.

 12.28 PM 12 December, 2014

Wodonga Group training exercise

Wodonga Group held its annual wildfire group training exercise on Sunday 2 November at the Wodonga Saleyards. Approximately 70 volunteer firefighters in 15 teams participated on the day.

 3.10 PM 26 November, 2014

Recruit Program Pilot commences

As previously reported, the CFA Minimum Skills Program was reviewed and it is proposed to replace it with the Recruit Program and the Bushfire Skills Program. These replacement programs will be launched in 2015 after a number of operational and implementation issues have been addressed.

 9.27 AM 26 November, 2014

Volunteers to trial new rostering system

CFA volunteers in the Maroondah and Yarra Valley Groups will trial CFA’s new online rostering system this fire season.

 8.37 AM 24 November, 2014

Morwell Group Fire Action Week Activities

As part of the state wide Fire Action Week, on Friday 21 November the Morwell Group of Fire Brigades held the annual competition to judge the best prepared and presented truck in preparation for the forthcoming fire season.

 2.04 PM 23 November, 2014

CFA fireys take on aircraft exercise in Gippsland

The Gippsland Regional Aircraft Exercise was held today at the Latrobe Valley Airfield. The exercise is an opportunity for CFA members to practice their skills in air observing, relaying information back to an Incident Control Centre, flight following and aerial fire mapping.  

 8.46 AM 22 November, 2014

District 23 Staff practise burn over drill

Casual clothes were the preferred dress code for District 23 staff attending work on Friday 21 November, when they carried out the burn over drill.

 3.01 PM 21 November, 2014

Brigade management team workshops

In October, members of the Wallington brigade participated in a brigade management team workshop called “Communicating Effectively”.

 1.46 PM 13 November, 2014

Koori Cultural Awareness Program at Lake Tyers

It was a lovely cool Sunday morning when 15 local CFA members came down to the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust Training Centre for a Koori Cultural Awareness Session.   It was a full day session from 10am -4pm that aimed to provide an insight into Aboriginal culture and history.

 3.31 PM 11 November, 2014

All around the countryside in Bacchus Marsh

Sunday morning (9th November) saw crews from various brigades in around the Bacchus Marsh area converge onto the townships of Parwan, Rowsley, Balliang and Pentland Hills for the annual Bacchus Marsh Group Exercise.

 8.42 PM 10 November, 2014

Volunteer training hots up

Emergency services volunteers from across Central Victoria will now have better access to vital practical training thanks to a major upgrade at five CFA managed Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre campuses.

 2.35 PM 31 October, 2014

Students at VEMTC - Wangaratta

On a cloudy day in October, 68 young student fire fighters boarded buses and made the trip to Wangaratta in anticipation of attending the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) to undertake hot fire training on the PAD (Practical Area Drills).

 2.39 PM 30 October, 2014

Bogong annual group exercise

Last weekend’s Bogong Group Exercise was a great success after weeks of planning by the Group Training Officer Neil Hillas with support from other members of the Bogong Group Management Team and Brigade Training Officers.

 11.33 AM 29 October, 2014

Grape escape in Seppelt exercise

The grapes of wrath were let loose at Seppelt Winery in Great Western in early October with a major breathing apparatus (BA) exercise involving volunteers from across District 16.

 1.02 PM 23 October, 2014