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Government response to Fiskville Inquiry

The Victorian Government has today tabled its response to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Fiskville.

 4.07 PM 24 November, 2016

Chief and DCOs test their burn over skills

CFA crews were involved in 34 burn overs between 2009 and 2014.

 1.40 PM 24 November, 2016

Knights of the Round Table

On 25-27 November 2016 more than 100 avid motorcycle riders will be getting involved in Australia’s first Knights of the Round Table (KoRT) tournament.

 12.54 PM 24 November, 2016

Equity & Diversity Review extended to 18 December

The data collection phase of the Independent Equity and Diversity Review into CFA and MFB has been extended.  

 12.11 PM 22 November, 2016

CO Update – Stand up against domestic violence

This Friday (25 November) is White Ribbon Day and I would like to reinforce some really important messages around the issue of domestic violence. 

 11.59 AM 21 November, 2016

Medals awarded to FSCCs

Late last week (Thursday 18 November) in Ballarat, Chief Officer Steve Warrington had the honour of presenting National Emergency Medal’s and service awards to several well deserving Fire Service Communications Controllers (FSCC).

 9.40 AM 21 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.

 2.57 PM 18 November, 2016

CO Update – Kick starting two way communication

I’m keen to provide these updates on a much more regular basis, and I’d like to kick start a process of two way communication.

 12.07 PM 18 November, 2016

VicEmergency replaces FireReady

Emergency services including CFA helped to launch the new VicEmergency app and hotline today, 16 November at Elwood Life Saving Club.

 9.25 AM 16 November, 2016

CFA firefighter helps out during WA fire

During October this year, a lightning strike ignited a major grassfire on Ellenbrae Cattle Station in the heart of the Kimberley in Australia’s far north-west. 

 11.55 AM 15 November, 2016

Fire investigators visit NZ Training Centre

CFA fire investigators travelled to the New Zealand Fire Service National Training Centre in Rotorua last month to inspect the training facilities and learn from New Zealand’s experience.  

 9.16 AM 15 November, 2016

CFA Plan a must read for all

CFA has released its Annual Plan for 2016-17 that outlines its priorities for this period.

 12.28 PM 14 November, 2016

Mernda house fire

On Sunday 13 November at 6.55am Mernda, South Morang and Doreen fire brigades responded to a single-storey house fire.

 8.56 PM 13 November, 2016

Midura Storm creates havoc

Mildura and surrounding areas were hit by a series of severe storms early on Saturday morning.

 7.08 PM 13 November, 2016

CO Update – VEOHRC survey closing 18 November

Today I’m encouraging all of you to take part in the Equity and Diversity Review survey, which closes next Friday 18 November.

 1.25 PM 11 November, 2016

Women step up to take the lead

Two women from CFA District 18 have taken the next step in their leadership journey, having recently completed the Business and Professional Women (BPW) Swan Hill ‘Stepping up to Leadership’ program.

 10.23 AM 11 November, 2016

CO Update – The role of the group

Today I’ve provided members with my thoughts on what the role of the group is here at CFA. 

 5.03 PM 4 November, 2016

MFB and CFA cricket day a huge success

CFA and MFB challenged each other to a day of cricket last Sunday (30 October), giving past and present firefighters the opportunity to show off their cricketing prowess in two 20/20 cricket matches at Victoria Park, Kew.

 11.30 AM 3 November, 2016

The Fire Safety Pledge is back and ready to launch

Members of the public have the chance to win one of four Samsung Galaxy Tablets or one of four $100 Bunnings vouchers just by pledging to be better prepared for the threat of fire when the CFA Fire Safety Pledge is launched at 1:00pm today (3 November 2016).

 9.13 AM 3 November, 2016

FIRRE shortlisted for Fire Awareness Award

Diamond Creek Fire Brigade’s Fire Insight and Risk Recognition Event (FIRRE) has been shortlisted in this year’s Fire Awareness Awards.

 1.41 PM 31 October, 2016

Career firefighter recruitment campaign reopens

From midday Monday 14th November CFA will provide a small window for prospective candidates to apply for the role of Career Firefighter.

 1.51 PM 28 October, 2016

CFA crews 'rescue test' new cars

CFA rescue crews inspected the latest in car safety technology at the Holden Proving Ground at Lang Lang last weekend (15-16 October).  

 10.00 AM 28 October, 2016

Member Engagement Volunteer Reference Group

The Volunteer Reference Group (VRG) is vital in assisting with the planning and organising of the State Forum each year; and is used as a reference for other matters relating to the role of volunteers in CFA community safety engagement and education.

 12.56 PM 26 October, 2016

Statement from CFA CEO on Supreme Court action

The Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) has discontinued proceedings against Country Fire Authority (CFA) in the Supreme Court.

 10.45 AM 25 October, 2016

CFA horse lovers volunteer to help at Equitana

As official community partner of EQUITANA Melbourne 2016, the largest equine showcase in the Southern Hemisphere, CFA will focus on helping horse owners prepare and plan for the upcoming bushfire season.

 2.07 PM 21 October, 2016

Be a part of CFA’s White Ribbon Campaign

CFA is wearing a white ribbon!

 11.49 AM 17 October, 2016

NWR plans for greater gender equity

CFA'S North West Region is taking the lead on gender equity and the prevention of violence against women. 

 11.36 AM 14 October, 2016

Don't Do It Alone documentary released

Three years ago, Operations Officer Terry Heafield’s battle with depression and anxiety took him to the lowest low of his life.

 11.26 AM 14 October, 2016

CFA assists SES with rooftop safety

Specialist CFA firefighters assisted storm-affected residents in the Dandenong Ranges. Urban Search and Rescue (Category 2), Rooftop safety with Chainsaw, and Impact Assessment teams were all deployed in response to the storm damage.

 10.20 AM 11 October, 2016

Update on consultative committee

In response to strong interest from our Professional, Technical and Administrative (PTA) staff, applications for membership to the Committee will now be open to all CFA staff.

 9.39 AM 7 October, 2016

Loch Sport volunteers donate towards 'dream'

CFA’s Loch Sport Fire Brigade recently donated $2000 towards helping a local teenager with cerebral palsy fulfil a dream.

 8.14 AM 4 October, 2016

More CFA stations now EMR capable

CFA firefighters at integrated brigades will help protect more Victorian lives by responding to life-threatening medical emergencies alongside Ambulance Victoria paramedics.

 12.25 PM 3 October, 2016

CFA Open Days in full swing

CFA Open Days are in full swing with hundreds of fire brigades opening their doors to their local community.

 1.12 PM 29 September, 2016

CO Steve Warrington interviewed on 3AW

Transcript of CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington interview with 3AW's Neil Mitchell on Wednesday, 28 September. 

 8.40 AM 29 September, 2016

Behind the scenes with Fire Investigator Mark

CFA News chatted this week to Fire Investigator Mark Collins about the hows and whys behind fire investigation: Part One

 5.20 PM 27 September, 2016

Battery-operated rescue tools power brigade

Apollo Bay is set to become the first CFA brigade in the state to carry a permanent set of battery-operated tools for vehicle rescue after being awarded a Victorian Government grant. 

 11.53 AM 27 September, 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.

 10.08 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.

 9.24 AM 20 September, 2016

It's all about the flow

It all began with a word from the captain: a number of us had been selected for a Pilot Advanced Pumps and Hydraulics course. 

 7.37 PM 18 September, 2016

Nominate a CFA volunteer in Young Achiever Awards

CFA members can recognise our leaders of the future by nominating a volunteer in the Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

 11.42 AM 15 September, 2016

CFA members share traditional burning learning

Victorian landscapes can be burnt at lower intensities and more often, according to CFA members who recently conducted research into Aboriginal burning practices.

 10.52 AM 15 September, 2016

ESF Scholarship a golden opportunity

Sometimes all it takes to kick start a great idea is the right opportunity and the right knowledge and contacts. 

 3.04 PM 13 September, 2016

Don’s race to Timor

Don Garlick was only 19 when he survived a burnover while fighting the Warburton Ash Wednesday fire.

 2.06 PM 13 September, 2016

Rural-urban interface firefighting

Fire and Emergency Management has made a new video Rural-urban interface firefighting for the Victorian fire agencies.

 3.47 PM 12 September, 2016

Going the distance for Damien

After an epic 563 kilometres, it was truly fitting that the 20 ‘Mildura to Melbourne’ firefighters crossed the finish line together with family, friends and support people.

 2.23 PM 9 September, 2016

CEO Update: Operational Enterprise Agreement

As you know, last month the VFBV sought an injunction in the Supreme Court, with CFA agreeing to defer a vote on the Operational Enterprise Agreement until the court action was complete.

 12.59 PM 9 September, 2016

Trailer for Terry Heafield doco: Don’t Do It Alone

Three years ago, Operations Officer Terry Heafield’s battle with depression and anxiety took him to the lowest low of his life.

 12.24 PM 8 September, 2016

Pre-Season Update 2016-17 now online

The 2016-17 Pre-Season Update is now on our website.

 3.52 PM 7 September, 2016

I soon realised this was the life of a firefighter

It was 3.04am when the call came in. A house fire in Noble Park, southeast of Melbourne, 1984. Structure fully involved.

 12.45 PM 7 September, 2016

Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2016

The Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2016 shows a mixed picture for fire potential, with the exceptionally warm and wet conditions experienced through winter likely to continue into spring.

 11.38 AM 6 September, 2016