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Training & Recruitment

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

Cobaw Field Trip another success

Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 October saw the seventh successful field trip into the Cobaw State Forst as part of the Cobaw Staff ride. 

 8.32 AM 23 October, 2014

Coast Guard hoses down harbour

Sunday morning saw an extensive combined exercise at Queenscliff Boat Harbour. 

 8.57 PM 21 October, 2014

Highest ever number of career applicants

CFA’s latest campaign to recruit career firefighters has resulted in the largest ever number of applicants, with the number of current CFA volunteers applying rising from last year.

 9.34 AM 10 October, 2014

'One with the Lot' at Orbost

It was a pleasant sunday morning at Orbost and the troops were gathering for a briefing.

 8.15 PM 8 October, 2014

Training Day at Wangaratta for Fire Investigators

Article written by: Operations Officer Mark Collins On Thursday 11 September, fifty members of the Victorian Association of Fire Investigators (VAFI) converged at the Wangaratta Campus to take part in Fire Investigation Training.

 7.06 AM 6 October, 2014

New career firefighters graduate

CFA welcomed another 25 new career firefighters to its ranks today following an official graduation ceremony at Fiskville Training College, which marks the end of an intensive 16-week training course for the recruits.

 4.36 PM 3 October, 2014

Multiagency TEWT at Port Fairy

More than five agencies came together last week to take part in a simulated emergency based at Port Fairy hospital.

 1.18 PM 3 October, 2014

Pub in trouble in Orbost exercise

With the street outside the Orbost Club Hotel teeming with emergency services and the Bronto heaving into action, the owner of the pub lamented, “What a terrible weekend. The Swans lose and now the pub burns down!”

 5.39 PM 2 October, 2014