News & Media


Firefighting saw improves roof access

A world-first firefighting pole saw developed by Bendigo fire brigade is well on the way to finding a home on CFA’s Bronto ladder platform fleet.

 12.45 PM 26 April, 2016

Walking off the war within, one year on

Anzac Day 2016: it's one year exactly since career firefighter Nathan Shanahan completed his almost-400-kilometre walk from Mildura to Adelaide to help lift the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

 10.03 AM 25 April, 2016

CFA supports its own after Ross Creek crash

CFA is assisting four members and their families, after an early morning crash involving a support vehicle.

 1.54 PM 21 April, 2016

Another great training opportunity

The CFA volunteers who attended the recent burn camp at Cape Otway would like to extend a huge thank you to the small team of people who made the event possible.

 1.06 AM 21 April, 2016

Your chance to see inside the SCC

As part of National Volunteer Week, CFA and Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) are organising two State Control Centre (SCC) tours for our volunteers. 

 10.50 AM 20 April, 2016

From the CEO – status of Fair Work submission

We want to diversify our workplace and make sure CFA is reflective of our community, and today we have taken a further step towards achieving this. 

 5.45 PM 19 April, 2016

Out-of-control burn-offs prompt warning

CFA is urging Victorians to take extreme care when burning off after responding to a high volume of out-of-control private burn-offs since the end of fire restrictions in the majority of municipalities.

 11.58 AM 14 April, 2016

CEO Update: Training, football and leadership

Training is the one subject consistently raised with me when I’m out on the road visiting brigades and meeting members.

 12.43 PM 13 April, 2016

Look out for red back spiders

21-year-old CFA firefighter Jenna Allen is speaking out to fellow members about the dangers of red back spiders, warning members in rural areas to take care.

 11.29 AM 12 April, 2016

Learning through case studies

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

 11.41 AM 8 April, 2016

Petrol tanker overturns in Inglewood

A petrol tanker overturned on the corner of the Calder Highway and Sullivan Street, Inglewood at approx. 7.50pm on Wednesday 6 April. 

 11.04 PM 6 April, 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. 

 11.55 AM 6 April, 2016

Scoresby & FRNSW talk hoselayers

Scoresby brigade continues to establish itself as a national frontrunner in large diameter hose laying and retrieval systems, assisting Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) with the introduction of their new Hytrans Hoselayer.

 11.20 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.

 2.56 PM 31 March, 2016

2016 Bendigo Easter Torchlight

As part of the annual Bendigo Easter Festival, brigades from in and around the Bendigo area took part in a torchlight on Saturday night (26 March).

 9.16 PM 27 March, 2016

From the CEO – New Commendation and Fiskville

I believe it’s important we recognise our members who strive to go above and beyond their roles to serve CFA and our community.

 1.35 PM 24 March, 2016

CFA/MFB treadmill challenge

The 7th Annual CFA/MFB '2 Services - 1 Cause' relay event is on again.

 9.05 PM 20 March, 2016

Hoddles Creek Junior competes at Championships

On arriving at the Airport on Saturday 26 September, we walked into a room of quiet teenagers sitting with their families.

 2.53 PM 16 March, 2016

The grass is greener at Traralgon brigade

After a childhood mesmerised by the stories of his firefighting grandfathers, Jarrod Allan was destined for a career with CFA.

 11.48 AM 15 March, 2016

CEO's first 100 days

After three months as CEO and thousands of kilometres on the road attending CFA events and meeting members, Lucinda Nolan is most impressed by “the pride in the organisation, the pride in services delivered and problems worked through, and the pride in continuous improvement”.

 8.45 AM 15 March, 2016

Mildura 2016 Urban Senior State Champs Progress

The Mildura Urban Senior Championships have been hotly contested.

 5.18 PM 13 March, 2016

2016 Good Friday Appeal

Give so they may grow. CFA is encouraging members to get behind the 2016 Good Friday Appeal. This year will be the 85th Good Friday Appeal which will be held on 25 March, 2016.

 4.35 PM 11 March, 2016

VFBV Urban Champs this weekend

Keep up with the latest results from the VFBV Urban State Championships at Mildura this weekend by visiting VFBV Urban Championships on Facebook or the Mildura Fire Brigade website for updates every hour during competition.

 12.03 PM 11 March, 2016

CFA celebrates cultural diversity

CFA is proud to be a supporter of Cultural Diversity Week (12-20 March) and will be taking part in a range of activities throughout the week.

 11.01 AM 10 March, 2016

From the Tasmanian front line

Frank Beukelman was in the second wave of deployments to Tasmania, operating as a strike team leader out of the Stanley base camp to the Pipeline Road fire on the west coast.

 3.34 PM 9 March, 2016

Thanks ladies!

Surf Coast Shire acknowledges firefighters with an International Women's Day award.

 3.18 PM 9 March, 2016

CFA: stay away from Maitreya music festival

CFA has added its voice to authorities urging revellers to stay away from the unauthorised Maitreya music festival after organises failed to obtain a permit for the event near Charlton.

 4.52 PM 8 March, 2016

Get set for the Urban Championships

Brigades from across Victoria and beyond will converge on Mildura this weekend for the 133rd Senior State Urban Fire Brigade Championships. 

 4.14 PM 8 March, 2016

Captain shares her power of knowledge

As a CFA Captain, mentor, mother and fulltime worker, Vivienne Wood is truly an inspiration to her fire brigade and the community.

 2.49 PM 8 March, 2016

Celebrating CFA women

Today, 8 March, is International Women’s Day and CFA is joining communities around the state to celebrate the event.

 10.22 AM 8 March, 2016

Jenna's passion shines through CFA

CFA volunteer of 12 years Jenna Kelley is a woman who wears many hats. 

 9.49 AM 8 March, 2016

TFB in North Central district

A Total Fire Ban has been declared in North Central fire weather district tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 March.

 4.18 PM 7 March, 2016

CFA a second home for Daniel

Daniel Neilson is a revelation for the Chiltern Junior Fire Brigade.

 12.51 PM 7 March, 2016

Volunteer fireys to do battle at champs

CFA members are gearing up to showcase their skills at the Volunteer Fire Brigades Senior State Urban Fire Brigade Championships in Mildura on 12 March.

 9.12 AM 4 March, 2016

From the CEO – CFA to take part in AFL game

Football, like CFA, is a Victorian institution and brings people together (other than Collingwood fans). Albeit a Hawthorn fan, I will be avidly watching the match between Geelong and Essendon this season. 

 4.43 PM 3 March, 2016

CFA’s elite flying squad in action

CFA has a little-known group of firefighters who save more lives and protect more property than any brigade.

 3.03 PM 3 March, 2016

CFA raises thousands for charity through Febfast

CFA members have raised $3446 for disadvantaged youth by taking part in this year’s Febfast.  

 3.01 PM 2 March, 2016

Smoke alarm campaign ready to kick off!

In 2015 there were over 3,000 home fires in Victoria alone. Smoke alarms are designed to provide an early warning and time to evacuate safely – but they can only do this if they work.

 12.49 PM 2 March, 2016

Vic emergency services return from Tas

Victorian firefighting teams will return home today after assisting Tasmania Fire Service battle bushfires across the state over the last two weeks.

 2.17 PM 29 February, 2016

Chief Officer tours Tassie fireground

Chief Officer Joe Buffone has toured the Tasmanian fireground ahead of the return of 84 CFA firefighters from their deployment interstate.

 12.51 PM 29 February, 2016

Third CFA deployment heads to Tasmania

CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone has farewelled a deployment of 88 CFA members to Tasmania.

 5.31 PM 24 February, 2016

Would-be career fireys put through their paces

It’s been ten years since CFA first started running an annual ‘women in career firefighting’ information session – and interest levels continue to run hot, with a crowd of 100 gathering at  the Bangholme training ground last Saturday 20 February. 

 9.40 AM 23 February, 2016

Total Fire Bans for Tuesday

Total Fire Bans have been declared for tomorrow (23 February) in the whole state except East Gippsland. 

 4.12 PM 22 February, 2016

New database protects animals from bushfire

CFA has partnered with an Australian-first project that aims to provide better protection of horses and other companion animals during bushfires. 

 2.12 PM 18 February, 2016

From the CEO – Support available for all members

It’s been an extremely difficult few weeks for all our members who were fortunate to know, work with and share a friendship with Mildura Senior Station Officer Damien Burke. Although he had not been with CFA long, he made a huge impact on those around him.

 1.28 PM 17 February, 2016

From the CO – use of smartphone apps

The use of smartphone apps has been raised by members with increasing frequency as their popularity increases and application provider charging models change.

 9.06 AM 17 February, 2016

Small town brigade making big waves with PAVS

The Property Advice Visit Service (PAVS) has delivered some unexpected outcomes for the Wairewa Fire Brigade and positive benefits for the community in South East Region.

 10.59 AM 16 February, 2016