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Grants to build a bright future for our volunteers

CFA has launched its $10 million Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program (EVGP) and is inviting applications from individual brigades as well as joint applications across brigade catchments. 

 8.23 AM 15 December, 2017

Christmas lights spark warning

CFA and MFB are urging Victorians to celebrate the festive season safely and avoid firefighters crashing their Christmas.

 4.03 PM 14 December, 2017

Is your mental health ready for summer?

When we think of the fire season, we think about pre-season briefings, preparedness training, truck inventories and checking our PPC is in good order. 

 8.03 AM 13 December, 2017

It’s Christmas time at Doreen

Doreen Fire Brigade members and their families gathered together again to celebrate all that is good in CFA with an informal Sunday Christmas brunch.

 6.54 AM 11 December, 2017

Prototype sand tanker on trial

CFA has produced a prototype sand tanker, which was developed after consultation with stakeholders, and a further five are planned this financial year.

 7.55 AM 7 December, 2017

CFA will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour

CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington outlines why he is adamant CFA will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour.  

 2.35 PM 6 December, 2017

Christmas shopping with Emergency Memberlink

Make Christmas 2017 the most memorable yet and give your family and friends a gift you know they’ll love.

 9.39 AM 4 December, 2017

2018 Australia Day Parade - EOI

Once again, CFA will participate in the Australia Day Parade in Melbourne’s CBD. 

 4.53 PM 1 December, 2017

Fire restrictions introduced across the state

The Fire Danger Period will commence for the following municipalities from 1am on 4 December 2017:

 4.15 PM 27 November, 2017

CFA leading research into fire suppressants

CFA’s bushfire research team is leading an Australian-first research project into the effectiveness of water-enhancing polymer gel technology as a fire suppressant and its ability to help protect the community.

 10.12 AM 24 November, 2017

Bushfire outlook: November update

Due to drier and warmer than average conditions since autumn 2017, the bushfire seasonal outlook for 2017-18 has been re-examined for southern Australia. 

 2.51 PM 22 November, 2017

Penshurst stormwater diversion works complete

CFA is pleased to announce the stormwater diversion works at the VEMTC Penshurst training campus are now complete.

 2.03 PM 20 November, 2017

Applications now open for summer community grants

Throughout summer government, emergency services and CFA work hard to deliver many activities to increase community preparedness both in the lead-up to and during the Fire Danger Period.

 9.52 AM 16 November, 2017

Recruitment materials launched for Junior Brigades

Providing support to Junior Brigades to promote their program and recruit new Juniors is important to CFA, which is why we are excited to launch a suite of new marketing and promotional materials.

 3.53 PM 15 November, 2017

Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games

Registrations are now open for the 17th Australasian Police and Emergency Services (APES) Games to be held in Mandurah, Western Australia in 2018.

 3.42 PM 1 November, 2017

Community bushfire exercise in Omeo

Community members from the high country of Omeo, Cobungra, Bundarrah, Anglers's Rest, Glen Valley, Glen Wills, Cassilis Road, Innisfail, were given the opportunity to take part in the education experience of a CFA " Community Bushfire Exercise" coordinated by the South East Region Community Education team.

 2.18 PM 1 November, 2017

Emergency response time data release

CFA emergency response time data is being publicly released for the first time today. 

 10.10 AM 30 October, 2017

Victorian Emergency Operations Handbook 2017

Over the past few years, Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) has produced the Victorian Bushfire Handbook (Edition 5).

 4.37 PM 23 October, 2017

CFA assists in fighting Northern California fires

Seven CFA firefighters were among a contingent of 33 Victorian emergency management personnel deployed today to assist in managing the devastating fires in Northern California.

 4.17 PM 18 October, 2017

Challenge applications extended

Applications for the Challenge 2018 program have been extended to Friday, 3 November. 

 4.15 PM 18 October, 2017

Reduce risks and save time

Want to know how to reduce your risk of having a road accident and improve your work life balance, all from the comfort of your own home or office?

 11.25 AM 16 October, 2017

Pat inspires women in rural Victoria

As a farmer in rural Victoria and a CFA volunteer, Pat Bigham has been caring for the land and helping others for a number of years which is what International Day of Rural Women is all about.

 6.24 PM 15 October, 2017

Mt Martha Brigade Support Team

This week, CFA is recognising and acknowledging some of our senior members as part of Victorian Seniors Week. Mt Martha Fire Brigade is a perfect example of an active senior group that doesn't let age get in its way.

 3.31 PM 9 October, 2017

Message from Acting Chief Officer Garry Cook

You may have seen media reports today about changes to how CFA is handling the installation of smoke alarms in the community.

 1.14 PM 4 October, 2017

Gender and disaster research project

What contributes to long-term disaster resilience? Have you experienced a flood or bushfire disaster?  

 5.15 PM 28 September, 2017

Campfire warning for the long weekend

As families prepare to pack their cars and head for the camping grounds this long weekend CFA is urging people to not be complacent when lighting fires.

 3.06 PM 28 September, 2017

New processes and guidance - clutter/hoarding

Residential fires involving significant clutter or hoarding are extremely dangerous for both occupants and firefighters. 

 5.12 PM 26 September, 2017

More than 50 fires escape from private burn offs

Over the weekend, windy conditions saw more than 50 fires escape from private burn offs across the state.

 3.10 PM 25 September, 2017

Update from Steve Smith ACO Inclusion & Fairness

Assistant Chief Officer, Inclusion and Fairness, Steve Smith provides an update on his first few months in the role. Steve also provides some ideas on how we can all contribute to CFA being an inclusive and equitable organisation. If you would like subtitles, click on the first icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

 1.33 PM 22 September, 2017

Off-road driver training at CFA

In the 1990s, CFA built an off-road driving track at Fiskville to teach drivers off-road techniques on sand and at water crossings, not commonly found in national parks and state forests where off-road driver training was being conducted.

 12.51 PM 22 September, 2017

Emergency Services Blood Challenge sets new record

CFA has recorded its best result in the recently completed 2017 Emergency Services Blood Challenge with its members recording 940 donations over the three-month event.

 1.52 PM 20 September, 2017

Promotional Programs preparing CFA for growth

More CFA career firefighters are training to move up the ranks, as part of Growth Programs’ 350 Firefighter Program (P350) to improve service delivery in our communities.   

 11.11 AM 19 September, 2017

CFA brigades to benefit from digital radio network

CFA outer metropolitan districts will soon reap the benefit from a significant upgrade to its existing digital radio network. 

 2.07 PM 13 September, 2017

NEM Ceremony Photos

In October 2011, the National Emergency Medal was added to the Australian Honours. It recognises service to others during nationally significant emergencies. The 2009 Victorian Bushfires have been declared a nationally significant emergency and members of CFA who rendered service during the specified dates of these fires are eligible for the National Emergency Medal.

 3.11 PM 12 September, 2017

Take care of your mental health

“Mental wellbeing is more than just the absence of mental illness; it’s about thriving and positive mental health as well,” says Annette Molloy, CFA’s Manager Organisational Wellbeing.

 10.51 AM 8 September, 2017

Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2017 shows the southern fire season is likely to commence earlier and be more active than usual due to a warmer a warm, dry winter and forecasts of a hot summer.

 11.41 AM 7 September, 2017

Brigade health and safety coordinators

Brigade health and safety coordinators are not alone. There’s a growing network of informed group health and safety coordinators (GHSCs) working with them, and together they are making a difference in their districts.

 10.18 AM 7 September, 2017

Pumps and PNG

What’s the connection between CFA water pumps and Papua New Guinea?

 10.48 AM 6 September, 2017

Special offer for 2017 Royal Melbourne Show

Are you an Emergency Memberlink member and going to the Royal Melbourne Show?

 10.02 AM 6 September, 2017

Updated Bushfire Firefighter reference manual

The second edition of the Bushfire Firefighter reference manual has been released with updated safety information. 

 2.10 PM 4 September, 2017

Catch of the Day – FUN raiser

The local fire brigade at Bemm River, the bream capital, is famous for its Annual Easter Fish and Chip fundraising event.

 3.38 PM 1 September, 2017

R U OK DAY 2017

R U OK? DAY falls on Thursday 14 September 2017. It’s a national day of action to inspire all Australians to ask family, friends and colleagues, “Are you ok?” By regularly reaching out to one another and having open and honest conversations, we can help create and build on connections to reduce suicide rates.

 11.39 AM 1 September, 2017

Update on preparations for fire season

CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington has a brief message about our statewide preparations for the summer season and an update on the proposed fire services reform.

 7.26 PM 29 August, 2017

Register your brigade Open Day now

CFA brigades across the state are once again encouraged to open their doors to the community between September and December and participate in CFA’s 2017 Open Day program.

 2.20 PM 29 August, 2017

Macedon Flea Market celebrates 50 years

Next year sees the golden anniversary of Macedon Fire Brigade flea market. With planning well underway for the next one in February, we spoke with brigade Captain Greg Snart to find out more about this long-running event.

 10.44 AM 28 August, 2017

Select Committee Report

CFA welcomes the release of the Select Committee’s report into the State Government’s proposed fire services reforms. 

 2.34 PM 18 August, 2017

Faces of CFA: Nicholas Watt

What binds CFA members is the common goal to protect lives and property, but you’re a diverse bunch. Every member has a story and Faces of CFA introduces you to just some of those stories.

 11.11 AM 16 August, 2017

New heavy pumpers in the making

CFA is growing its fire truck fleet, building 12 new heavy pumpers at at Bell Fire Rescue’s factory in Queensland. 

 11.23 AM 15 August, 2017

Urban competition hose giveaway

Is your brigade interested in running but don't have the equipment you need? We want to help!

 2.28 PM 3 August, 2017