News & Media


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

Total Fire Bans declared across five regions

Total Fire Bans have been declared for New Year’s Eve in the South-West , Central, West and South Gippsland, North Central and Wimmera regions.

 5.17 PM 30 December, 2015

New Year's evacuations

A Recommendation to Evacuate will be enacted on Thursday 31 December at 10am for Kennett River, Grey River and Wongarra due to the hot and windy forecast that could impact the current Lorne fires. 

 12.51 PM 30 December, 2015

Community spirit high in Wye

On Christmas morning, Wye River Fire Brigade Captain Roy Moriarty held a meeting to review and confirm the town’s fire plan – a plan developed by locals that would eventually save the lives of hundreds of community members and visitors to the area.

 4.01 PM 28 December, 2015

Illegal fireworks spark warning

Victorians are being urged to rethink New Year’s Eve plans involving illegal fireworks, or risk facing fines of thousands of dollars.

 11.17 AM 28 December, 2015

Lorne fire update - wind changes

A south-west wind change, expected from 9PM tonight, will push the Jamieson Track fire towards Lorne. CFA-DELWP Media Release

 9.25 PM 25 December, 2015

Town evacuations in and around Lorne

Fires around Lorne continue to burn out of control resulting in significant road closures and town evacuations. CFA-DELWP Media Release

 7.22 PM 25 December, 2015

Total Fire Ban declared in four districts

CFA has declared a Total Fire Ban for Friday 25 December (Christmas Day) for the following districts in Victoria: Wimmera, North Central, Central and South West.

 4.18 PM 24 December, 2015

Lorne fires update Wednesday 23 Dec

A community information newsletter was released today to help residents and travellers around Lorne and the Great Ocean Road stay informed about two fires between Lorne and Wye River. 

 1.25 PM 23 December, 2015

Christmas message from the CEO and Chief Officer

By Lucinda Nolan and Joe Buffone 

 4.02 PM 22 December, 2015

Firefighters’ Memorial update

Work to identify a new location for the CFA Firefighters’ Memorial is well underway.

 11.06 AM 22 December, 2015

Lorne fires update

Two fires continue to burn near Lorne in separate parts of the Great Otway National Park, both caused by a lightning strike on Saturday night. CFA-DELWP Media Release Monday 21/12, 9pm. 

 7.32 AM 22 December, 2015

Hot weekend weather put Victorians to the test

The state experienced an extended period of extreme heat and fire danger over the weekend, with fire services responding to more than 600 incidents. 

 5.44 PM 21 December, 2015

Extreme conditions prompt heat and fire warning

As Victoria braces for another two days of extreme heat, fire and health authorities are calling on communities to put health and safety first in the lead up to Christmas.

 5.14 PM 18 December, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearing - 21 December

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s former Fiskville Training College will hold another public hearing on 21 December.

 2.53 PM 18 December, 2015

Emergency service map books

Local CFA members are playing an important role in ensuring the accuracy of Victoria's official emergency services map books. 

 11.57 AM 18 December, 2015

Fire Investigation presentations to VicPol BAELOs

During the months of November and December 2015, a series of training sessions were delivered to Victoria Police members who undertake the role of Bushfire Arson Explosives Liaison Officers (BAELO) with presentations from Detectives from the Victoria Police Arson & Explosives Squad and the CFA Fire Investigation Section.

 11.38 AM 18 December, 2015

CFA and MFB firefighter exchange program continues

Firefighters from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and CFA have again swapped places to enhance interoperability between the two organisations.  

 5.58 PM 17 December, 2015

Total Fire Bans declared

Total Fire Bans have been declared across four districts for Friday 18 December 2015 and the entire state on Saturday 19 December.

 5.37 PM 17 December, 2015

From the CO – thanks for your hard work

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your collective efforts over the past five weeks. We should be proud of what we achieve, CFA is an amazing organisation. Thank you for continuing to make it so.

 12.15 PM 17 December, 2015