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International Women’s Day Wednesday 8 March

As Chief Officer I take seriously the need for CFA to be an inclusive organisation.  We all have a role in supporting diversity and ensuring our organisation is a safe and welcoming environment for women.

 1.02 PM 1 March, 2017

Celebrate, take action and #BeBold

A ‘Be Bold Breakfast’ hosted by CFA, in celebration of International Women’s Day, will be held this year in Cohuna, with a free breakfast kindly cooked by the Cohuna Men’s Shed.

 2.33 PM 27 February, 2017

Trentham FB thanks Lyonville community

Thank you to the Lyonville community.

 10.03 AM 26 February, 2017

Aussie Day BBQs snag $70,000 for CFA

On Saturday 28 January, Victorians opened their mouths and their pockets at the Aussie Day Weekend Fundraiser BBQ, held at Bunnings stores, raising more than $70,000 for CFA 43 brigades.

 2.37 PM 24 February, 2017

National Red Balloon Day says thank you to fireys

Victorians are being urged to support National Red Balloon Day by purchasing and displaying a red balloon to raise money and say thank-you to firefighters for the brave and courageous work they do.

 10.23 AM 24 February, 2017

Board communique

The CFA Board held its regular monthly meeting on Monday 20 February 2017.  

 10.05 AM 24 February, 2017

Total Fire Bans – Wed 22 Feb

A Total Fire Ban has been declared tomorrow, Wednesday, 22 February, in all fire weather districts, except the North East and across Gippsland.

 5.23 PM 21 February, 2017

Bushfire prevention partnership still delivering

A proactive bushfire prevention partnership developed between CFA and Gippsland Community Correctional Services - Community Work Program continues to deliver results across the community.

 12.13 PM 21 February, 2017

CFA features in round one of grants

CFA operational equipment, community education, training and development and maintenance projects will be funded thanks to the first round of emergency volunteer grants announced this week.

 1.50 PM 17 February, 2017

Maiden Gully’s Towards 2025 Project

In 2015, Maiden Gully Fire Brigade reviewed the infrastructure needed to adequately support its community into the future.

 10.22 AM 17 February, 2017

The original firebomber

Victorian pilot Keith Davidson’s life in the air and on the air base is pioneering stuff.

 4.31 PM 15 February, 2017

Dromana hits $300,000 in Ritchies donations

Dromana Fire Brigade recently notched up more than $300,000 in donations via the Ritchies Community Benefit Program – making it the highest individual CFA brigade recipient of the local community fundraising program.

 2.41 PM 15 February, 2017

Total Fire Bans on Wednesday

A Total Fire Ban has been declared in the Wimmera, South West and Central fire weather districts for tomorrow, Wednesday, 15 February.

 4.23 PM 14 February, 2017

Captain Koala is looking for love

CFA’s Captain Koala braved the big smoke looking for love this Valentine’s Day.

 11.45 AM 14 February, 2017

Western Districts fires 40 year anniversary

The Sun News-Pictorial emblazoned their cover with a photo of devastation in the township of Streatham and called 12 February 1977 “the day the west caught fire”.

 9.08 AM 13 February, 2017

Rock till you drop at Lyonville Fireman's Ball

      EVENT CLOSED   TONIGHT 25/02/2017 Let the good times roll at the Trentham CFA Lyonville Fire Truck Fund-Raiser

 12.02 PM 12 February, 2017

Tennis, treats and a big thank you

Delicious nibbles, drinks and a bird’s eye view of Venus Williams and Andy Murray were just a few of the perks that ten CFA members and their partners were treated to at this year’s Australian Open.  

 2.07 PM 10 February, 2017

Pump up the volume

District 14’s Research and Eltham brigades have an evolving risk on their back doors.

 10.23 PM 9 February, 2017

TFB in Central, Mallee, Wimmera

A Total Fire Ban is in place tomorrow, Thursday, 9 February, in the Central, Wimmera and Mallee fire weather districts with a hot and humid day forecast.

 5.06 PM 8 February, 2017

The Art of Roadside Burning

Roadside burning is being elevated to an art form in three brigade areas south of Ballarat where a long black ribbon of burnt ground now slices through the landscape. In fact, it stretches from one side of District 15 to the other.

 11.39 AM 6 February, 2017

See it first on CFA Members

Ever find yourself wondering what the other brigades are up to?

 10.42 AM 1 February, 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.

 11.56 AM 31 January, 2017

Talking and walking ‘safety first’

CFA has turned up the ante on safety with a tool called ‘Safety Share.’

 1.16 PM 30 January, 2017

‘Bill’ Bowery, a CFA legend

After more than 70 years in CFA, Kangaroo Flat’s William “Bill” Bowery has certainly gained the respect of his peers.

 10.14 AM 26 January, 2017

Paul, a CFA legend

The CFA culture has been deeply embedded in Paul King’s life from a young age and he has certainly come a long way since joining the Wodonga Fire Brigade in 1979 as a junior member.

 10.09 AM 26 January, 2017

Henry, a true example of CFA

In a career spanning four decades Henry Barton leaves behind a strong legacy in CFA. 

 10.06 AM 26 January, 2017

From ‘bags and bushes’ to AFSM

Nearly sixty years have passed since Graham Petrie first set foot inside the Beazley’s Bridge Fire Brigade in Victoria’s West. 

 10.03 AM 26 January, 2017

35 years with CFA rewarded

For the past 35 years, CFA volunteer, group officer and former Board member James ‘Don’ Robertson has spent his summers doing two main two things: running a mixed farming operation near Strathkellar in the heart of District 5 and fighting fires across Victoria and NSW.

 9.58 AM 26 January, 2017

Kilmore ‘like family’

When Anthony Archer moved to Kilmore in 1984, there wasn’t much more than a fire station, a football ground and a general store.

 9.53 AM 26 January, 2017

CFA members receive top honours

CFA members have featured in the fire and emergency services sector of the 2017 Australia Day Honours List.

 9.49 AM 26 January, 2017

CO Update – Response boundaries, Pride March

Today I’d like to chat with you about two topics: response boundaries, and CFA’s involvement in the Pride March in St Kilda this weekend. 

 11.06 AM 23 January, 2017

CFA to join Pride March

CFA Pride is inviting CFA members, family, friends and supporters to join the march in uniform with their lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) colleagues at the Midsumma Festival Pride March on Sunday, 29 January.

 10.04 AM 20 January, 2017

Tourist hot spot no longer a black spot

Devils River has long been a hot spot for holiday makers, who flock to the area to enjoy camping and water sporting adventures. 

 10.16 AM 19 January, 2017

Macedon goes automatic

Shortly after Ash Wednesday, the Macedon community rallied to raise funds for the town’s first brigade-owned vehicle. Not only was it brigade owned. It was brigade built.

 5.00 PM 17 January, 2017

Tangambalanga New Year's Day fire

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

 12.33 AM 17 January, 2017

CFA declares TFBs for Tuesday

Total Fire Bans are in place tomorrow, Tuesday, 17 January, in the Mallee, Wimmera and North Central districts, with conditions predicted to be the hottest and driest so far this season.

 3.04 PM 16 January, 2017

Faces of CFA

What binds CFA's staff and volunteers is the common goal to protect lives and property, but you’re a diverse bunch of men and women, young, old and in-between.

 2.11 PM 16 January, 2017

How do you like your eggs?

Residents along the Mornington Peninsula have been reminded of the danger of leaving their kids, pets and even eggs (!) in their cars on hot days.  

 9.52 AM 16 January, 2017

CFA says: Don’t be a butthead

It’s easy to be complacent; to think that your behaviour won’t affect anyone else, but even the small act of throwing a cigarette butt from your car makes you a butthead.

 12.22 PM 12 January, 2017

Everyone wins at Mansfield’s Fire Ready Trivia

Both the risk and reality of bushfire has long shaped the lives of those who reside in Mansfield in Victoria’s North East. 

 10.54 AM 12 January, 2017

Evaporative coolers cause house fires

CFA has warned residents to check evaporative coolers, after crews attended four house fires caused by these systems over the weekend (7-8 January).

 10.23 AM 12 January, 2017

Always CFA

Respected throughout the Victorian firefighting family, Chief Officer Steve Warrington presents in an authoritative and knowledgeable manner.

 9.37 AM 10 January, 2017

Tankers with wings

“They are just tankers with wings.” CFA aviation officer Wayne Rigg is walking across Avalon Airport’s apron pointing to RJ and Hercules. 

 11.01 AM 6 January, 2017

Caroline Springs house fire

Just after 9.30pm on Thursday night (29th December), Caroline Springs Fire Brigade, along with MFB crews from St Albans and Taylors Lakes, responded to a reported house fire in Caroline Springs.

 3.03 PM 3 January, 2017

Operation Western Impact - A Success!

On Thursday 15 December 2016, representatives from CFA, Victoria Police, Forest Fire Management, Golden Plains Shire, City of Greater Geelong, VicRoads, DHHS and Powercor converged at Corio Fire Station to participate in ‘Operation Western Impact’ – a scenario developed and based on fire behaviours of past catastrophic events, such as Western District fires (1977), Ash Wednesday (1983) and several major fires on 14 January 1985.

 4.38 PM 30 December, 2016

CFA Chief Officer on Today Show

CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington speaks to Channel Nine’s Today Show about barbecue safety ahead of the Christmas period.  

 9.46 AM 23 December, 2016

Merry Christmas from the Chief Officer

It’s about to be Christmas and New Year’s, so I hope you all have a great break over the next week and spend time with your families.

 12.15 PM 22 December, 2016

CFA initiatives growing fire awareness

CFA’s work helping Victorian communities to plan and prepare for fire has been recognised at this year’s Fire Awareness Awards, with two important projects winning Fire Service Awards.  

 9.27 AM 21 December, 2016

Firefighting feels like home

Firefighter recruit Rachelle Poustie is one of the newest members of the CFA family, however she already feels right at home.

 11.24 AM 20 December, 2016

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. 

 4.27 PM 19 December, 2016