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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

North West Region Walks Against Violence

North West Region Leadership Team and District 02 staff along with Eaglehawk brigade members, turned out at the second Bendigo Walks Against Violence.

 5.33 PM 26 November, 2015

Victorians to assist with SA fires

Around 300 Victorian emergency services personnel will travel to South Australia today to assist with firefighting efforts in the state’s Pinery region.

 2.27 PM 26 November, 2015

From the CO - South Australia deployment

The current fire situation in South Australia around Mallala is yet another chilling reminder of the summer ahead and the impact and devastation of bushfire.

 11.17 AM 26 November, 2015

Today is White Ribbon Day

CFA’s commitment to White Ribbon Day was recognised this morning at CFA Headquarters in East Burwood and at many fire stations across the State.

 12.10 PM 25 November, 2015

Total Fire Bans in eight of nine districts

CFA has declared Total Fire Bans across all districts except East Gippsland for Wednesday, 25 November.

 4.47 PM 24 November, 2015

Physical sciences on show

With a focus on physical science and engineering projects, the second Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Advisory Forum for 2015 took place at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane last week, with around 100 researchers and emergency managers attending, including CFA.

 11.15 AM 24 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearings continue

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s former Fiskville Training College continued public hearings on Friday 20 November and Monday 23 November.

 4.59 PM 23 November, 2015

Brigades explore youth camp

In early November brigades from four groups and two districts came together to familiarise themselves with the Doxa Youth Foundation Camp in Drummond. 

 4.05 PM 23 November, 2015

‘Getting the people bit right’

There’s been a great response to the start of the 2015 Wellbeing Survey, with more than 400 members taking part within its first two weeks. 

 12.05 PM 20 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearings resumed today

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s former Fiskville Training College resumed public hearings today.

 5.48 PM 19 November, 2015

Total Fire Ban declared for the Mallee

The Mallee district will be subjected to a Total Fire Ban on Friday, 20 November 2015.

 5.08 PM 19 November, 2015

Report into planned burning

This morning the Victorian Government released two reports which will be of interest to our people.

 2.16 PM 19 November, 2015

Response to Lancefield, future of planned burning

The Andrews Labor Government today released and responded to the independent investigation of the Lancefield-Cobaw fire, which resulted from a planned burn that broke containment lines in early October, and the Inspector-General for Emergency Management’s report into Victoria’s fuel management targets.

 12.44 PM 19 November, 2015

CFA volunteer chases world record

On Sunday, Panton Hill CFA volunteer Bronwyn Kealy sets off on her motorcycle, intent on becoming the youngest woman to ride around the world.

 11.39 AM 19 November, 2015

Local brigades at Ritchies

Brigades such as Yarra Glen brigade will be out in force this weekend supporting Ritchies by running a BBQ outside the Yarra Glen Ritchies store.

 4.54 PM 18 November, 2015

Total Fire Bans declared amid extreme fire danger

Total Fire Bans have been declared for the Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country and North Central fire weather districts from 12.01am Thursday 19 November 2015.

 4.12 PM 18 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearings 19, 20 & 23 November

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA’s former Fiskville Training College will resume public hearings on 19, 20 and 23 November 2015.  

 11.47 AM 18 November, 2015

Don’t risk the holiday from hell

CFA is urging holiday home owners to ensure their properties are fire safe, after a Melbourne couple made a lucky escape from their burning house in the state’s north-east earlier this month.

 10.24 AM 18 November, 2015

Eureka Climb - every step you take saves lives

The 2015 Eureka Stair Climb was once again well attended by CFA with over 60 members climbing the gruelling 88 levels to raise money for the event charity partners, Whitelion and Interplast.

 11.09 PM 17 November, 2015

Total Fire Ban declared as conditions worsen

CFA has declared a Total Fire Ban for the Mallee fire district for Wednesday 18 November.

 4.18 PM 17 November, 2015