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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

Update on Fire Services Review

The State Government has today announced it has established a Ministerial Working Group to consider recommendations made in the Fire Services Review.

 3.23 PM 15 December, 2015

Tender for environmental assessment of Fiskville

On Wednesday 16 December, CFA will be releasing a tender on the Victorian Government Tenders website ( seeking an experienced provider to undertake environmental assessments at the Fiskville site. 

 1.51 PM 15 December, 2015

CFA Pride on the march again

CFA’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) members are invited to march in uniform for the second time at the annual Gay and Lesbian Pride March on Sunday 31 January 2016.

 1.04 PM 15 December, 2015

From the CEO – recruits and lessons from the field

New recruits and more lessons from the field I’ve had the pleasure to attend two CFA recruit firefighter graduation ceremonies since I began.

 11.43 AM 15 December, 2015

Thinking of modifying your fire station?

For those brigades thinking about an extension, a new shed or upgrading their amenities, CFA is introducing a new process to help brigades scope and cost their proposals, at no cost to the brigade. 

 9.19 AM 15 December, 2015

Newest career firefighters on the up

As career firefighter Steven Venville celebrates his graduation and prepares to head up to Mildura for his first day on the job, it will be the end of one big learning curve, but the start of another.

 12.24 PM 14 December, 2015

Woori Yallock ICC Weather Station Network

Methven Real Estate in Mount Evelyn are the first to get involved with a new weather station project for the Woori Yallock Incident Control Centre.

 11.41 AM 14 December, 2015

Last chance to have your say

Time is running out to have your say in the 2015 Wellbeing Research Survey.

 10.44 AM 14 December, 2015

Truganina video shared far and wide

A response video that includes narration of good and bad driver behaviour around a responding emergency vehicle has been viewed nearly 400,000 times after being posted on Truganina Fire Brigade’s Facebook page.

 8.52 AM 11 December, 2015

SMEACS approach to engage at Whittlesea Show

Over 30,000 community members turned out to attend the annual Whittlesea Show held on 6 and 7 November. Local brigades, supported by the Whittlesea - Diamond Valley Community Engagement Workgroup, Nillumbik Group and CFA’s Mobile Education Unit took the opportunity to engage with the community and raise awareness leading into the summer.

 8.46 AM 11 December, 2015

New look News & Media

A refreshed and simplified design for the News & Media site has gone live this evening.

 8.44 PM 9 December, 2015

The fire risks of hoarding

Can you remember an incident when you may have thought someone was living among mounds of ‘junk’, ‘rubbish’ or items that no longer serve the purpose for which they were intended?

 4.05 PM 7 December, 2015

Total Fire Bans declared for Tuesday 8 December

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for Tuesday 8 December 2015 in the Mallee, Wimmera, South West, Northern Country and North Central Fire Weather Districts.

 3.10 PM 7 December, 2015

Wayne honoured for his service

Tyabb brigade member Wayne Etcell has received Victoria’s highest accolade for volunteers, the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award.

 2.51 PM 7 December, 2015

Celebrate the silly season safely

MFB and CFA are encouraging Victorians to have a safe Christmas but make sure celebrations are without sparks.

 10.57 AM 7 December, 2015

Total Fire Bans for Wimmera and Mallee

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for Monday 7 December 2015 for the Wimmera and Mallee weather districts.

 5.40 PM 6 December, 2015

Recruits ready for new life

Twenty-nine men and women are set to start a new life as career firefighters following their graduation today (6 December) from a 19-week training course at the Victorian Emergency Management Training College at Craigieburn.

 8.53 AM 6 December, 2015

International Volunteer Day

Tomorrow is International Volunteer Day.  We want to say thank you for giving your time and energy to supporting your communities.

 2.53 PM 4 December, 2015

Burning lessons for conservation

A partnership between CFA and Trust for Nature is providing brigades with opportunities to hone their controlled burn skills while conserving endangered flora and fauna.

 3.08 PM 3 December, 2015

Fire Awareness Awards winners announced

Community groups and individuals helping to reduce the risk and impact of fire across Victoria have been recognised at the 2015 Fire Awareness Awards.

 9.24 AM 3 December, 2015

One weekend in November

November has been a very busy month for brigades not only with the start of the fire season but also with organising CFA Open Days to make sure the community is educated and well prepared. Brigades opened their stations, joined forces with other agencies or attended local events to connect with the locals.

 3.25 PM 2 December, 2015

Give Ashley a home this Christmas

Ashley is a limited edition fire services collector bear, paying tribute to Victoria’s firefighters and emergency service workers.

 10.26 AM 2 December, 2015

Specialist firefighting aircraft take to the skies

Victoria’s air defence against bushfires has been boosted with the arrival of two of the world’s biggest firefighting aircraft.

 9.11 AM 2 December, 2015

Free trauma app to assist burns assessment

A new app developed by the NSW Institute of Trauma and Injury Management (ITIM)  in collaboration with leading Australian burns specialists could prove a useful tool for emergency service personnel and first responders in Victoria.

 1.04 AM 1 December, 2015

My first few weeks

One of my highlights during my first few weeks has been my visits to local brigades, where I have had the pleasure of meeting many of our front line men and women.

 11.54 AM 30 November, 2015

District 13 leads the Wellbeing Survey

Two weeks in and the Wellbeing Survey is proving popular with members.

 8.59 AM 30 November, 2015

Total Fire Ban in Wimmera and Mallee

CFA has declared Total Fire Bans across the Wimmera and Mallee districts for Monday, 30 November.

 5.41 PM 29 November, 2015

Nominate now – Young Volunteer Excellence award

Do you know an amazing young volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution through their volunteering?

 12.01 PM 27 November, 2015

Last weekend to thank Ritchies

Brigades such as Emerald and Cockatoo will be outside their local Ritchies store this Saturday handing our community safety information and Community Benefit cards as part of the last weekend of promotions for Ritchies.

 10.38 AM 27 November, 2015