News & Media


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

Priority entry to university for CFA volunteers

Do you have children or know any young members currently in year 10 or 11? Did you know that volunteering for CFA can help them get priority entry into University? As well as mentor, a lower ATAR requirement & capped fees?  

 10.05 PM 11 February, 2016

Running of the Woolly Cup

On Saturday 23 January 2016, Glenaroua Fire Brigade held its much-anticipated annual social event ‘The Woolly Cup’.

 12.11 PM 11 February, 2016

Over $126K raised for CFA and SES

The Aussie spirit was definitely at all Bunnings stores on Saturday 23 January at the annual Aussie Day Weekend Fundraiser BBQ.

 3.45 PM 5 February, 2016

From the CEO – help shape CFA's future

Recently, I outlined our plans to develop what we’ve termed a ‘Red Paper’ – a document that will outline CFA’s needs during the next 10 years.

 2.16 PM 5 February, 2016

CFA supports major cycling event

Fire trucks and volunteers are now off and racing as part of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour 2016.

 12.24 PM 5 February, 2016

Breathing life into bright ideas

Ever had a great idea that could make a big difference to CFA and the emergency services sector?

 4.11 PM 4 February, 2016

Get set for the Championships

CFA brigades from across Victoria will have the chance to test their mettle, as the countdown begins to the State Urban and Rural championships.

 9.09 AM 4 February, 2016

Bushfires and horses

On Saturday 20 February, Upper Beaconsfield Fire Briagde, alongside the Upper Beaconsfield Pony Club, is holding an information session about horses and bushfires. from 

 7.00 PM 2 February, 2016

Greater Midlands Championships

Persistent rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of CFA brigades that participated in the annual Greater Midlands Fire Brigades Competition held at Bendigo over the weekend.

 3.15 PM 2 February, 2016

Chief Officer visits Scotsburn crews

CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone has visited some of the members who were first on scene to the Scotsburn fire.

 2.09 PM 2 February, 2016

From the CEO – improving training our top priority

I’ve met many CFA members in my first three months as CEO and one of the consistent themes that arises in discussions is the subject of training. 

 1.39 PM 2 February, 2016

Police & Emergency Services Games

The 16th Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games will be held on the Sunshine Coast from 8 to15 October 2016.

 10.36 AM 1 February, 2016

From the CEO - Fiskville hearing update

Today I, along with CFA Acting Chair John Peberdy, gave evidence at the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the former Fiskville Training College.

 4.25 PM 29 January, 2016

Join the Chief Officer and take on Febfast

CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone has joined 'A Pause for a Cause', vowing to give up sugar and alcohol for Febfast.

 2.46 PM 29 January, 2016

Bacchus Marsh Brigade celebrates Australia Day

Australia Day celebrations commenced early for members of Bacchus Marsh Fire Brigade this Australia Day.

 5.56 PM 26 January, 2016

Smoke from Tassie fires drifts over VIctoria

For the second time in 10 days Victorians are being urged not call Triple Zero if they smell smoke in the air, with a plume from fires in northern and western Tasmania drifting over Victoria.

 2.05 PM 25 January, 2016

Fiskville Inquiry hearings resume

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s former Fiskville Training College resumes public hearings this Wednesday (27 January). 

 1.44 PM 25 January, 2016

CFA activities for Australia Day 2016

CFA members will be out and about this Australia Day taking part in a number of activities including the Australia Day Parade and Government House Open Day.

 3.05 PM 22 January, 2016

CFA to march with Pride in 2016

Next Sunday 31January, CFA members will again join with other emergency services to march down St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street as part of the 2016 Gay & Lesbian Midsumma festival.

 3.43 PM 20 January, 2016

CFA snags a helping hand this Australia Day

CFA is encouraging Victorians to grab a snag this Australia Day weekend to support their local fire brigade. 

 2.25 PM 20 January, 2016

On the road with the Chief Officer

A visit to District 24 last week by Chief Officer Joe Buffone ended with an unexpected close-up view of brigades at work, courtesy of a fast-moving grassfire south of Wodonga.

 4.04 PM 19 January, 2016

Review of CFA Child Protection Policy and Practice

Invitation to participate in review

 3.17 PM 19 January, 2016

Total Fire Bans declared due to severe fire risk

Total Fire Bans have been declared in all districts except East Gippsland tomorrow (Tuesday) as fire authorities across the state ready themselves for another hot and windy day.

 5.42 PM 18 January, 2016

Total Fire Bans for Central & South West

CFA has declared Total Fire Bans for Monday, January 18 2016 in the South West and Central districts.

 5.53 PM 17 January, 2016

From the CEO – out and about at CFA

After two months as Chief Executive, I continue to be inspired by the work done by all CFA members. 

 9.16 AM 15 January, 2016

How should junior service be recognised?

CFA and Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) are seeking your thoughts on whether time spent as a junior volunteer should count towards CFA service awards.

 2.59 PM 13 January, 2016

Fire investigators kept busy attending scenes

CFA fire investigators have been busy across the state attending over 250 fire scenes between 1 October and 31 December 2015. This is a 25.25 per cent increase in the number of scenes attended by fire investigators compared to the same time last year.

 2.18 PM 4 January, 2016

When life imitates training

When Carrum Downs turned out to a fire at a small factory last November, there was something eerily familiar about the whole thing. In fact, only three months earlier the brigade had turned out to an almost identical incident – but as part of a training exercise.

 12.21 PM 4 January, 2016

Community Meeting – Wye River- Jamieson Track Fire

Members of the fire affected communities of Wye River and Separation Creek will be updated on progress to return them to their homes at a community meeting on Sunday.

 3.44 PM 2 January, 2016