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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

Update on proposed fire services reform

I want to update everyone on where the Parliament's inquiry into the fire services reform is up to.

 5.50 PM 26 July, 2017

Last chance for Australian Fire Cadet Championships

Calling all Juniors 14-15 years of age and Junior Leaders who would like an experience of a lifetime!

 4.46 PM 24 July, 2017

Junior Leader Forum 2017 - applications now open

The Junior Leader Forum 2017 is offering up to 120 places to Junior Leaders to attend the September Forum.

 2.19 PM 19 July, 2017

Video conferencing expansion

CFA members will soon be able to say goodbye to long and sometimes dangerous drives to meetings thanks to improvements in CFA's video conferencing capabilities.

 2.00 PM 14 July, 2017

Learning through case studies

Each issue of Brigade magazine contains a ‘Learning from experience’ section which includes case studies of major incidents researched by Fire & Emergency Management.

 4.41 PM 13 July, 2017

Wonthaggi doughnut van fundraiser

The Wonthaggi doughnut van was set up by Wonthaggi Fire brigade to raise money for the brigade by selling doughnuts to the local community.

 10.34 AM 13 July, 2017

End of era as CFA recruits graduate

Today, Saturday 8 July, marks the end of an era with CFA’s final 30 recruit firefighters graduating at a ceremony at Victorian Emergency Management Training Campus in Craigieburn.

 11.37 AM 9 July, 2017

Fiskville decommissioning works to begin

Following the closure of CFA’s Fiskville Training Campus in 2015, CFA is set to start the decommissioning works within two weeks.

 11.14 AM 7 July, 2017

Training in the tropics

On 16 May, District Mechanical Officer Glenn Mumford and Scoresby brigade member Jim Read arrived at the South Pacific country of Tuvalu for a 10-day deployment to educate the police department, fire service and local volunteers about fire safety and equipment maintenance.

 10.40 AM 7 July, 2017

Repco launches fundraiser for CFA

CFA is pleased to announce a new fundraising partnership with Repco commencing today.

 1.15 PM 3 July, 2017

Fire Awareness Awards up for grabs

Applications for the 2017 Fire Awareness Awards are now open for individuals, community groups and organisations to submit innovative projects that help reduce the incidence and impact of fire in Victoria.

 11.16 AM 30 June, 2017

Gulpa gaka to Yorta Yorta Woka

Gulpa gaka to Yorta Yorta Woka (Welcome to Yorta Yorta Country) The National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) is a week-long celebration each July recognising the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 10.23 AM 30 June, 2017

From the CO - Fire services reform update

The state government’s legislation to support the implementation of reform of Victoria's fire services was passed by the Legislative Assembly on 8 June 2017.

 4.51 PM 27 June, 2017

Kindling a CFA love

Burning love for two CFA volunteers Eva and Daniel Banks.

 10.20 AM 21 June, 2017

A better working environment for our fireys

New road rules announced by the State Government this week will reduce the risks to CFA members when responding to emergencies and help them fulfil their important roles more effectively.

 2.43 PM 20 June, 2017

CFA and SES joint cultural awareness sessions

CFA and SES facilitators will work hand in hand to deliver a number of cultural awareness sessions to brigades and units right across the state.

 10.35 AM 20 June, 2017

Presumptive legislation: The facts

Cancer compensation reforms introduced into the Victorian Parliament will deliver the presumptive legislation that firefighters want, need and deserve.

 4.40 PM 19 June, 2017

Chief Officer update on fire services reform

Chief Officer Steve Warrington answers some of the most commonly asked questions we have received on fire services reform in the video below.

 3.32 PM 15 June, 2017