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Message from Chair – Friday 19 May

This morning the Premier announced a significant reform to the way that fire services are delivered in Victoria. 

 11.29 AM 19 May, 2017

Nominations open for MCG Parade of Honour

As part of National Volunteer Week, CFA is offering its volunteers the opportunity to be part of the AFL Country Game pre-match celebrations at the MCG.

 4.33 PM 19 April, 2017

The sound of rescue

Wildfire Instructor Tony Scicluna’s office in District 12’s Seymour HQ is much like any other.

 9.26 AM 21 March, 2017

Head-on train crash a shock

In light of the upcoming 125th anniversary of the Euroa Urban Fire Brigade in June, brigade member Anthony Cini will be taking a trip down memory lane with brigade members on their most memorable fires.

 3.52 PM 20 March, 2017

Arms Out for Alya blood challenge

MFB LFF Kylie Evans (who appeared in a grassfire advertisement and an Australian Survivor contestant) has issued a challenge to all MFB and CFA staff and volunteers to donate blood between 1 February and 30 April 2017.

 10.31 AM 14 March, 2017

Working together to keep coastal communities safe

FFMVic and CFA staff have been out together to look at high priority planned burn sites on the coast in the South West.

 9.59 AM 14 March, 2017

Daylesford welcomes the Governor

Daylesford Fire Brigade yesterday had the pleasure of welcoming The Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC to their station.

 10.39 AM 10 March, 2017

The face behind those photos

Amazing photos from roadside planned burns in South West Victoria have been appearing on the Lismore and District Rural Fire Brigades’ Group Facebook page.

 8.58 AM 8 March, 2017

Safer together at work in Lorne community

As Forest Fire Management Victoria’s (FFMVic) planned fuel reduction burning program begins, CFA’s Property Advice Visit Service (PAVS) teams have been out around Lorne supporting them.

 10.40 AM 7 March, 2017

Grassland burn learning exercise

CFA and Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) crews have been working together to complete roadside fuel reduction planned burns in the south-west of the state.

 10.56 AM 31 January, 2017

Tangambalanga New Year's Day fire

 A grassfire was started by a truck being used to cart hay.

 11.33 PM 16 January, 2017

Boomers Reserve planned burn a great success

Panton Hill and St Andrews brigades joined forces with Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVIC) to successfully carry out a 0.5-hectare burn at Boomers Nature Conservation Reserve near Panton Hill on 1 December. 

 3.27 PM 19 December, 2016

Districts go orange for violence prevention

Staff recently participated in the 2016 Victoria Against Violence (VAV) campaign by hosting an ‘orange morning tea’ at the Swan Hill, Kerang and Bendigo offices.

 10.04 AM 12 December, 2016

Community conference receives fire awareness award

The Living with Bushfire Community Conference has been recognised for its outstanding achievements in fire service partnerships in this year’s Fire Awareness Awards.

 10.12 AM 9 December, 2016

First-hand fire experience leads to new career

Losing a home in the Kinglake fires in 2009 and seeing her dad dedicate his life to volunteering inspired Vanessa Williams to become one of CFA’s newest career firefighters.

 10.31 AM 5 December, 2016

Open Day at Caroline Springs

On Sunday 27 November Caroline Springs Fire Brigade opened its doors to the community.

 3.23 PM 30 November, 2016

Narre Warren East gets planning for 2017

Narre Warren East Fire Brigade is aiming to raise much needed funds with their 2017 Volunteer Community Calendar.

 1.57 PM 18 November, 2016

Planned burn resource coordinators

The CFA Planned Burning Project has once again recruited four seasonal planned burn resource coordinators (PBRCs) for the upcoming season.

 10.39 AM 16 November, 2016

Blue Ribbon Day – Thursday 29 September 2016

Blue Ribbon Day is when all Victorians are encouraged to remember Victoria Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty and pay tribute to the 159 officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting Victoria.  Blue Ribbon Day is also an opportunity to show police men and women who continue to serve that their community is grateful and their work is valued.

 9.08 AM 22 September, 2016

The Official Blood Challenge results are in!

The Red Cross Blood Service has released the official State and National Results. CFA has taken out all the 2016 Victorian awards.

 8.24 AM 20 September, 2016

Students lead, students learn

By Emma Taunt Last week Anglesea Primary School Grade 6 students hosted an excursion for Aireys Inlet Primary School Grade 6 students – a full day event that was almost entirely student led.

 3.46 PM 14 September, 2016

ESO blood challenge closes for 2016

The 2016 Emergency Services Blood Challenge, conducted from 1 June to 31 August, has now closed with a record number of donations made across the emergency services sector. 

 11.24 AM 2 September, 2016

Fire Awareness Award nominations closing soon

Victorian community members have only two weeks left to enter their fire projects in the 2016 Fire Awareness Awards.

 9.54 AM 2 September, 2016

Learning about multicultural volunteering

Regional BASOs Sue Martin (West), Kirsten Dudink and Bec McDonald (North West), along with Sherene Mounier and Tim Firman (HQ) were privileged to attend the inaugural Volunteering Victoria Multicultural Volunteering Conference on Tuesday at the William Angliss Institute in Melbourne.

 4.23 PM 26 August, 2016

Emergency Services Blood Challenge 2016

CFA take the lead in the 2016 Blood Challenge although it is still a tight race with the finish on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

 4.03 PM 12 August, 2016

Final weeks - Emergency Services Blood Challange

The 2016 ESO Blood Challenge finishes on Wednesday 31 August 2016. VicPol is still in front 509 v 489, so we need at least 20 to 40 more donations!

 3.15 PM 5 August, 2016

From the Chair: Four volunteers appointed to Board

I am pleased to announce four volunteers have now been appointed to CFA’s Board.

 6.15 PM 19 July, 2016

Swan Hill beats the heat

Swan Hill experiences extreme heat during late spring, throughout summer and often into autumn. With summer days recorded to over 46o the impact of extreme heat on communities and individuals in Swan Hill is severe. 

 4.48 PM 22 June, 2016

Appointment of new CFA CEO

The Board of the Country Fire Authority has appointed leading Victorian health sector executive Frances Diver as the Chief Executive Officer of the Country Fire Authority.

 7.06 PM 17 June, 2016

Statement from CFA to Staff

Dear Colleagues

 7.04 PM 17 June, 2016

CFA visits Woodside Primary School

Thursday 9 June saw approximately 41 students from Woodside Primary School participate in a CFA home fire safety session at the school.

 3.42 PM 14 June, 2016

District 11 contributes to blood challenge

CFA Staff from D11 booked a bed in the Red Cross Blood Service Mobile unit and contributed to the Challenge Tally! 

 10.22 AM 10 June, 2016

Home fires on the rise due to small mistakes

There are hidden horrors lurking in every Victorian home. They are disguised in many forms, from the humble hairdryer, to the heater, and even your mobile phone.

 5.36 PM 30 May, 2016

Front line community engagement

Increasingly CFA and other emergency services are moving from a traditional response focus to one that places greater emphasis on prevention and preparedness.

 12.38 PM 10 May, 2016

Thank you to our CFA families

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, the Brigade Support Team has collected 21 wonderful stories from families and communities in each CFA District.

 1.16 PM 4 May, 2016

Casey Group new recruits - April Class of 2016

Casey Group welcomed its newest volunteer members on Saturday 30 April.

 1.59 PM 2 May, 2016

Save the date: State Forum

The CFA-SES Community Safety and Hazard Awareness State Forum will be heading down the Surf Coast this year, with Mantra Lorne hosting the forum on the weekend of 6-7 August. 

 10.55 AM 6 April, 2016

VESEP Grant Program opens

In recognition of the significant contribution made by emergency services volunteers the Minister for Emergency Services Ms Jane Garrett MLA has opened the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program 2016/17 today.

 1.56 PM 31 March, 2016

Over $126K raised for CFA and SES

The Aussie spirit was definitely at all Bunnings stores on Saturday 23 January at the annual Aussie Day Weekend Fundraiser BBQ.

 2.45 PM 5 February, 2016

New Assistant Chief for North West

CFA’s North West Region has welcomed a new Assistant Chief Officer with Gavin Thompson starting in the role today (Monday). 

 8.57 AM 11 January, 2016

Building relationships, building resilience

Eight CFA brigades (crossing three groups) from District 6 joined forces with SES in November last year to host a multi-brigade Open Day.

 10.18 AM 7 January, 2016

Today is White Ribbon Day

CFA’s commitment to White Ribbon Day was recognised this morning at CFA Headquarters in East Burwood and at many fire stations across the State.

 11.10 AM 25 November, 2015

Pledge count surges

The overall pledge count has surged past 8,000 in CFA’s Fire Safety Pledge competition with Point Cook Fire Brigade taking a commanding early lead in the overall brigade category. 

 2.32 PM 30 October, 2015

New Deaf Emergency Information Resource

CFA members helped celebrate the launch of a new Deaf Emergency Information resource at Morwell Fire Station on Thursday 23 October.

 10.22 AM 23 October, 2015

Eureka Climb Emergency Services Challenge

Are you ready for a challenge? Do you want to take on Australia’s biggest vertical race held at one of the world’s tallest residential buildings?

 7.20 AM 15 October, 2015

Fire Safety Pledge - off and racing

Over 3,000 pledges have been made in the opening days of CFA’s Fire Safety Pledge competition. Sunbury (D14), Tallarook (D12) and Dartmouth (D24) Brigades have made promising starts in the three respective brigade categories with 3 x $1,000 cash prizes on offer for brigades. 

 2.23 PM 14 October, 2015

Fire Safety Pledge – ready to launch!

Members of the public have the chance to win one of five $200 Bunnings vouchers just by being better prepared for the threat of fire when the CFA Fire Safety Pledge is launched on Thursday 8 October. 

 10.09 AM 6 October, 2015

Got a great engagement idea for summer?

Have you got a great idea about how to engage your local community on summer fire safety? And do you need funding to help kick start your initiative?  

 2.21 PM 5 October, 2015

New Chief Executive appointed

Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett has welcomed the appointment of Ms Lucinda Nolan as Chief Executive Officer of the CFA.

 10.41 AM 16 September, 2015

Emergency Management Commissioner joins CFA Q&A

Members will have their chance to quiz Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley, when he takes part in a Q&A session at CFA Headquarters.

 9.14 AM 7 September, 2015