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Heavy Hazmat in service

The first of the four new heavy hazmat vehicles was commissioned for operational use on 21 October and is based in Shepparton. The others will progressively come online over the coming months.

 2.05 PM 30 October, 2013

New Broughton Fire Station

New Broughton Fire Station boosts the Community...

 11.42 AM 30 October, 2013

New Rushworth Fire Station opens

Rushworth’s new Fire Station and Waranga Group Headquarters has been officially opened by Member for Rodney (and CFA fire-fighter) Paul Weller, MLA.

 4.54 PM 28 October, 2013

CFA pager replacement update

The exchange of the X3 pagers for the new Alpha Legend pagers is nearly complete, as part of the first phase of the pager replacement program.

 12.24 PM 24 October, 2013

$1.8m training boost for Sunraysia

Emergency services personnel in Victoria’s northwest will have access to a state-of-the-art $1.8 million dollar training ground, following a ceremony to mark the announcement of the new facility at Mildura.

 9.44 AM 23 October, 2013

Daylesford truck and medals

Daylesford Fire Brigade has taken delivery of its new Tanker 2.

 2.19 PM 17 October, 2013

Reflash rolls on

Districts 6 and 16 are next in line for reflashing radios, starting on Monday, 21 October.

 1.18 PM 16 October, 2013

Lake Charm: new fire station pride

For a small town and district predominantly comprising farming families, Lake Charm takes plenty of pride in its volunteer fire brigade.

 5.04 PM 15 October, 2013

New tanker and 715 years of service

On Saturday 12 October 2013 approximately 50 people gathered at the Wilby Rural Fire Station for the commissioning of the new Wilby Fire Truck and presentation of service awards in recognition of volunteer services to the CFA

 3.12 PM 13 October, 2013

Linlithgow station opens

State Member for Western Victoria Region David O’Brien officially opened the Linlithgow Fire Station last Sunday afternoon before an audience of approximately 40 people. 

 4.45 PM 11 October, 2013

Hamilton gets new thermal camera

Hamilton brigade recently took delivery of a thermal imaging camera (TIC), increasing CFA’s structure and bushfire response capability in the southern Grampians/Balmoral region.

 9.38 AM 11 October, 2013

Scoresby hoselayer a first

Scoresby brigade’s new hoselayer will be the first appliance in CFA to use a large 100mm diameter hose.

 4.20 PM 10 October, 2013

RRDS at Elmore Field Days

The Regional Radio Dispatch Service Project Team joined forces with CFA staff from Loddon Mallee Region and ESTA to attend the annual Elmore Field Days.

 3.42 PM 4 October, 2013

Reflash up and running

The first CFA radios have been reflashed this week, a major milestone in the Regional Radio Dispatch Service Project.

 2.44 PM 27 September, 2013

New era for Rushworth

After more than six months of feverish activity, construction of Rushworth‘s new Fire Station in Murchison Road is now complete, and the complex will be officially opened on Saturday 19 October.

 3.20 PM 26 September, 2013

Reflash team ready to roll

After an overwhelming response from prospective candidates, the Regional Radio Dispatch Service has recruited its team to reflash CFA radios.

 10.43 AM 23 September, 2013

New big fill for Malmsbury

Malmsbury brigade recently took possession of a new big fill vehicle.

 6.11 PM 16 September, 2013

Radio reflash: two weeks & counting

In preparation for transition to CFA’s new digital radio network, the RRDS Project Team has commenced scheduling brigade visits to upgrade the software in CFA Tait radios.

 4.13 PM 10 September, 2013

Get ready for reflash

To prepare for the transition to CFA's new digital radio network, all CFA Tait radios will be updated with new software to enable them to work on the new network.

 4.25 PM 30 August, 2013

Live audio from AFAC conference

CFA's Digital Media team will be streaming some live audio interviews from the AFAC (Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council) and Bushfire CRC conference in Melbourne from 10am on Monday (Sept 2).

 2.44 PM 28 August, 2013

More RRDS employment opportunities

Three Regional Project Co-ordinator employment opportunities are available with the Regional Radio Dispatch Service Project.

 12.55 PM 28 August, 2013

Pager testing this weekend

Over 34,000 new pagers have now been delivered across the state and CFA members are invited to take part in the statewide testing exercise this weekend. 

 3.40 PM 27 August, 2013

Digital radio reflash employment

Employment opportunities with the Regional Radio Dispatch Service Project, delivering CFA's new digital radio network.

 6.22 PM 26 August, 2013

Hoppers Crossing boosts its fleet

Hoppers Crossing Fire Brigade has welcomed a new vehicle to its fleet to boost its firefighting capability.

 4.03 PM 22 August, 2013

RRDS project has testing covered

Engineers from the Regional Radio Dispatch Service (RRDS) project team are currently developing equipment to test the coverage of CFA’s new digital radio network.

 2.41 PM 20 August, 2013

CEO blog: Heavy Hazmat Training

CFA has lodged an application with the Fair Work Commission regarding the United Firefighters Union (UFU) action to prevent staff from undertaking training on the new Heavy Hazmat vehicle. 

 6.24 PM 19 August, 2013

Duverney has a new station

On a typical winter’s day, Duverney brigade celebrated the opening of their new station with the community on Sunday 18 August 2013.

 12.47 PM 19 August, 2013

Zero emissions station opens

CFA’s first zero net emissions fire station was officially opened today (18 August) at Anglesea.

 5.45 PM 18 August, 2013

Moyston gets new medium tanker

Moyston fire brigade in CFA District 16 has taken delivery of a new medium tanker.

 1.02 PM 12 August, 2013

New Blackwood fire station

Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells has turned the first sod at the site of the new Blackwood fire station, which will double as Victoria's first colocated community fire refuge.

 3.20 PM 31 July, 2013

New Springvale Fire Station site

A major milestone has been reached marking the beginning of an exciting new era of emergency management at Springvale.

 5.23 PM 30 July, 2013

CFA trucks to Fiji fire service

Six second-hand CFA fire trucks recently sold to the Fijian National Fire Authority (NFA) are a welcome boost to their fleet.

 11.08 AM 23 July, 2013

Anglesea brigade going green

Anglesea Fire Brigade is settling into its new home ahead of the official opening of the state’s most environmentally-friendly fire station.

 5.39 PM 18 July, 2013

Opening of Beulah Fire Station

The community of Beulah saw another page written in history on Sunday 23 June 2013, when they attended the opening of Beulah’s new fire station.

 12.25 PM 11 July, 2013

How old is your station?

After 110 years in the same building, Beechworth Urban Fire Brigade hopes to be in their new station by the end of the year. Douglas Gavin (Brigade Secretary and Treasurer) wonders how many other stations out there belong to the ‘Century Club’. 

 1.06 PM 9 July, 2013

First two RRDS connections

Friday 29 June was a notable day for CFA, with the connection of the first two Regional Radio Dispatch Service (RRDS) sites at Kinglake and Pretty Sally. 

 5.19 PM 3 July, 2013

RRDS Update

District Operations Managers are working with the RRDS project team to plan the transition of their brigades onto the new radio dispatch radio network, known as Regional Mobile Radio (RMR).

 1.47 PM 27 June, 2013

Multi-million dollar project begins

Construction works are well underway for the new Southern Metropolitan Region Headquarters and multi-agency Emergency Management Complex, marking the beginning of the much anticipated, $3.5m project.

 2.31 PM 20 June, 2013

Keeping thermal imaging skills hot

Thermal Imaging Camera (TIC) operation can appear simple, but a wide range of possible applications and the need for skilled interpretation and use of these highly sophisticated devices means that operators need regular use to maintain skills learned in training.

 11.06 AM 20 June, 2013

Elmhurst's new Ultra-Light

Elmhurst fire brigade in CFA District 16; and a Pyrenees Group brigades has celebrated the offical hand over of a new ultra light appliance.

 1.20 PM 18 June, 2013

Helmet Torch update

In February this year CFA commenced the Bushfire Helmet Torch Project which sees the fitting of helmet torch brackets to over 23,000 Pacific BR5 Bushfire helmets and the issue of approximately 10,000 UKE Herculite torches statewide.

 10.50 AM 5 June, 2013

New light tanker for Purnim brigade

Purnim Fire Brigade thanked its local community for helping raise funds to purchase a light tanker last Sunday.

 4.05 PM 3 June, 2013

New pagers for all members

Members will soon be receiving their new pagers, after the successfully validation of a number of performance and usability upgrades.

 12.00 PM 31 May, 2013

Medium tankers for Heywood Group

Tyrendarra, Myamyn, Heathmere and Condah Brigades recently received their new medium tankers after completing an all-day  “train the trainer” session at Heywood.

 1.30 PM 22 May, 2013

VESEP supports CFA volunteers

Brigades are being given the opportunity to upgrade facilities and purchase new equipment as applications for this year’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) open.

 8.57 AM 14 May, 2013

Truckloads more safety

CFA firefighters are now better protected from the risk of injury or death in a burnover, thanks to a major upgrade of safety systems and equipment in tanker trucks.

 3.43 PM 10 May, 2013

Assist your DMOs

District Mechanical Officers (DMOs) support at staging areas often requires them to be in unusual working conditions - lying on the hard ground, having mud or spiders dropping off the appliances, working broken hours - sometimes in the dark - going to repairs close to a fire front, and the list goes on. They are committed to keeping your appliances working for you.

 4.08 PM 8 May, 2013

Budget delivers 142 more stations

CFA has welcomed a Victorian Government investment of $61 million for new and upgraded volunteer fire stations.

 7.47 PM 7 May, 2013

D14 4x4 course a great success

Over the weekend of 4/5 May, District 14 ran the practical session of its drive vehicles offroad course at the State Training Centre at Fiskville, through the Brisbane Ranges and in state forest land at Kinglake West.

 5.03 PM 6 May, 2013

P2016 Fiskville building progress

Construction of new student accommodation and an ablution block, both funded by Project 2016, has made significant progression in recent weeks at the CFA Fiskville Training College.

 10.30 AM 6 May, 2013

CEO blog: Regional Radio Dispatch

CEO Mick Bourke has uploaded a blog about the signing of the Regional Radio Dispatch Service contract with Telstra.

 12.14 PM 2 May, 2013

Validation trial for new pagers

CFA is in the final stages of delivering new Unication EAS Alpha Legend pagers to its members, pending the outcome of the final validation trial with 400 pagers in the field. 

 12.55 PM 30 April, 2013

Hopetoun West, Yaapeet stations open

The Yaapeet and Hopetoun West communities welcomed their new fire stations at official ceremonies held in mid April.

 5.02 PM 26 April, 2013

Volunteer training goes mobile

CFA volunteers will have improved access to hot fire training with new mobile training props which replicate real-life fire scenarios including a car fire, house fire and a small industrial fire.

 1.24 PM 19 April, 2013

Toolamba welcomes new station

About 70 people turned out for the weekend opening ceremony of the new Toolamba Fire Station

 10.55 AM 8 April, 2013

Hi-tech vehicles readied for action

A fleet of 21 new high-tech fire trucks and emergency response vehicles is entering its final phase of testing at a special Vehicle Commissioning Centre opened at Dandenong South this week..

 12.31 PM 27 March, 2013

Mobile Props now out and about

CFA has begun a nine month trial phase for volunteers to evaluate the three new prototype mobile training props.

 9.28 AM 26 March, 2013

Johnsonville community shine

It has been said in some circles, for a long time, that fire brigades are the community and the community are the fire brigades.

 12.13 PM 20 March, 2013

Using Coimadai hose laying trailer

On Saturday 16 February at 15:30hrs, Bullengarook brigade and other responding brigades were called out to investigate a smoke sighting from the Pyrite Forest.

 12.01 PM 15 March, 2013

Fire services well resourced

With milder conditions forecast for the next week, Victoria will say goodbye to the two aircranes that have been assisting firefighting operations this summer.

 5.29 PM 13 March, 2013

P2016 fire stations progress update

Construction is now completed on major modifications to the Ocean Grove fire station near Geelong. The works funded by Project 2016 upgrades the facility to an integrated fire station. The Ocean Grove fire station in Shell Road now has six bedrooms and new extensions to the utility-turnout area.

 1.03 PM 13 March, 2013

Work starts on Rowville's new era

The first sod has been turned on a new era of firefighting for the Rowville community, marking the beginning of construction on a new $5.5m fire station.

 3.22 PM 12 March, 2013

Rosebud sets a new standard

At the brigade's Open Day on Sunday 3 March their new Iveco vehicle was finally handed over in front of special guests and officials after a lot of hard work by many people.

 5.06 PM 8 March, 2013

Sarsfield gets a new FCV

Like many country locations, Sarsfield has little to show that it exists. A telephone exchange, a recreation reserve and a fire brigade is about all there is. The community, however, is a strong one and that’s reflected in the support given to Sarsfield brigade.

 10.07 AM 7 March, 2013

Bushfire helmet torch update

In October last year, CFA sent a survey to all brigades requesting the number of Pacific BR5 Bushfire helmets that do not have a Pacific torch mounting bracket. To date 80% of brigades have responded. 

 2.57 PM 1 March, 2013

DMO view of the fire season

From the DMO (District Mechanical Officer) perspective, this fire season has been characterised by FCVs, tankers and slip-ons tackling tough terrain and, in some cases, getting bruised in the encounter.

 11.55 AM 25 February, 2013

Mobile Training Props ready to go

CFA’s new mobile training props have arrived with the three units now ready for user evaluation out in the field.

 1.27 PM 15 February, 2013

Fire station carved into rock face

The Italians have long been known for doing things with a bit of style or difference, so it’s no surprise a small village in the mountains of the South Tyrol decided to build a new fire station into the rock at the base of a 100m cliff.

 10.43 AM 7 February, 2013

Update on pager upgrades

As you may be aware, an upgrade of the paging network was agreed to by the State Government following a review of pager messaging during the 2009 fires.

 3.05 PM 31 January, 2013

Heathcote successful

Heathcote CFA is proud to announce the successful application to Fosterville Mine for Community Grants Program

 10.47 AM 24 January, 2013

Eynesbury CFA’s official formation

Eynesbury CFA has found its place in its new community since forming as a brigade in July this year.

 11.29 AM 28 December, 2012

Yellingbo New Vehicle Handover

On Sunday the 2nd of December 2012 Yellingbo Rural Fire Brigade welcomed Mr Brad Battin MP, State Member for Gembrook, CFA's Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, Woori Yallock Bendigo Bank and the local community for the official handover presentation of the Brigades new Nissan Ultra-Light and Isuzu Light Tanker vehicles at their recently built new station.

 9.49 AM 19 December, 2012

New Addition to Tyers Fire Brigade

* Story by Joanne MeltonTyers Fire Brigade has increased its emergency response capability with the addition of a new 1.2D light tanker.

 2.04 PM 6 December, 2012

Kawarren Fire Station Opening

On a beautiful sunny day, Kawarren  Fire Brigade celebrated the opening of their new station with the community on Saturday 24th November..

 9.58 AM 3 December, 2012

Mildura Fire station – take a tour

The new Mildura fire station was officially opened recently with more than one hundred guests, members and their families celebrating.

 11.14 AM 27 November, 2012

Mt Helen fire station site

A new fire station for Mt Helen is one step closer with land announced for the site.

 3.38 PM 22 November, 2012

Callawadda gets new fire station

The Member for Western Victoria David O’Brien MLC has officially opened the new Callawadda fire station, located north of Stawell in CFA District 16.

 12.42 PM 14 November, 2012

Rosebud pumped for new truck

Rosebud Fire Brigade’s incredible fund raising efforts have resulted in the imminent arrival of a new pumper.

 10.15 AM 14 November, 2012

Warrandyte welcomes a new vehicle

Warrandyte Fire Station has recently welcomed a new, and much needed appliance: a Toyota Landcruiser Station Wagon.

 9.52 AM 13 November, 2012

Mallee air attack during harvest

A firebombing helicopter and support aircraft have again begun operations from their Sea Lake airbase following last year’s successful trial.

 2.07 PM 8 November, 2012

Elvis returns to boost fire fleet

The king of Victoria’s firefighting air fleet will be welcomed back into the country to protect Victorian lives and property against fire this summer.

 2.05 PM 8 November, 2012

Wingeel celebrates new fire station

On Sunday, 21 October Wingeel CFA Volunteers celebrated the official opening of their new CFA fire station on Wingeel Road.

 11.33 PM 5 November, 2012

Software upgrade for EAS pagers

The Emergency Alerting System (EAS) Pager Pilot Program is now finished, after more than 2,000 CFA, MFB, SES and Ambulance Victoria members trialled the new units.

 1.17 PM 5 November, 2012

Berwick Fire Station Opening

On Sunday 28th October 2012 the proud history of the Berwick Fire Brigade turned another page as they celebrated the official opening of the recent extensive upgrade and refurbishment to the fire station by local MLA and Member for Gembrook Brad Battin. 

 10.02 PM 1 November, 2012

New station for Goughs Bay-Howes Cr

Last Sunday (28 October) Captain Allan Edwards from Goughs Bay-Howes Creek brigade welcomed the local community to celebrate the official opening of the new fire station.  

 2.52 PM 31 October, 2012

Tinamba celebrates new digs

Tinamba brigade recently celebrated the opening of its brand new two-bay station, officially unveiled by Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan.

 2.29 PM 31 October, 2012

Barnawartha Station Opening

Barnawartha Brigade now into new home and enjoys excellent opening in near perfect conditions.

 11.19 AM 29 October, 2012

Rushworth's new tanker

The past few weeks have been extremely busy for Rushworth Fire Brigade in north-central Victoria.

 7.52 AM 26 October, 2012

History of Mildura Fire Brigade

At the inaugural meeting of the Mildura Fire Brigade in 1903, the brigade had a membership base of 25 volunteers.

 11.38 PM 25 October, 2012

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Construction of a new multi-purpose fire station Echuca is about to begin and is expected to be completed within six months.

 10.45 AM 24 February, 2015

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CFA’s Ash Menz has been recognised as one of the Wimmera’s most outstanding apprentices.

 3.07 PM 20 January, 2016

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Narre Warren East brigade is selling its Bigfill appliance for $50,000.

 12.19 PM 15 February, 2016

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CFA engineers are eagerly awaiting the delivery of the first new generation Medium Pumper, the first of 12 trucks to roll off the production lines between April and August.  

 11.25 AM 16 March, 2016

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Knox Group CFA is hosting its 4th Multi-Agency Specialist Appliance Display on Sunday 17 April 2016 at Bunjil Way in Knoxfield. With 13 Emergency Service Agencies taking part and around 70 appliances attending, it promises to be a very informative and spectacular display.

 3.51 PM 21 March, 2016

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After two years of design, testing and roadshows, the first of 40 new heavy tankers has rolled off the production line. 

 5.58 PM 7 April, 2016

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A joint tender for new breathing apparatus sets has been released on behalf of the multiagency Respiratory Protection Replacement Project, involving MFB, Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and Ambulance Victoria.

 9.32 AM 20 April, 2016

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CFA’s first ever crew cab light tanker is being inspected today on production lines, one of eight new-model tankers set to be delivered to brigades ahead of the summer season.

 3.43 PM 14 September, 2016

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A delegation of seven personnel from South Australia’s Country Fire Service (CFS) made a trip over to Melbourne on 17 September to learn about CFA’s new generation medium pumper. 

 12.56 PM 21 September, 2016

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CFA will share in a $35 million Victorian Government investment in volunteers, which will help brigades purchase new equipment while also delivering new trucks and Personal Protective Clothing.

 2.55 PM 6 October, 2016

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Firefighters at CFA brigades around the state will have new heavy tankers and trucks to better protect Victorians in the coming fire season, thanks to a $33.5 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government.

 3.51 PM 4 November, 2016

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CFA has been handed the keys for four new heavy tankers which will add to CFA’s fleet ahead of the summer season.

 4.51 PM 4 November, 2016

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CFA is again calling on members to take part in trialling new breathing apparatus sets. The new sets are slated for use across the Victorian emergency services sector.

 2.41 PM 8 November, 2016

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Victoria's fleet of firefighting aircraft is preparing for the 2016-17 fire season with planes and helicopters now being sent to bases in regional centres all over the state.

 9.34 AM 9 November, 2016

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We’ve had some issues recently with radio communications on the fireground, so today I’ll run through what we are doing to address these concerns in the lead up to summer.  

 12.03 PM 12 December, 2016

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Canadian pilot Ray Horton has travelled the long way around to fight bushfires in Victoria.

 9.43 AM 12 January, 2017

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Hurstbridge Fire Brigade's capability will be bolstered with the introduction of a new field command vehicle.

 3.27 PM 21 February, 2017