News & Media


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

White Ribbon Day 2015

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led campaign to end men’s violence against women. Thirty per cent of women worldwide are affected by violence committed by an intimate partner, the most common type of violence against women. But this is not just something that happens overseas.

 3.06 PM 17 November, 2015

Total Fire Bans declared

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for Tuesday, 17 November 2015 for the following fire weather districts: Mallee Wimmera

 4.39 PM 16 November, 2015

Be part of the CRC's research future

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC's November 2015 Hazard News is out now.

 11.55 AM 16 November, 2015

Portland ship fire declared safe

Local, state and interstate emergency services combined to bring a ship fire at the Port of Portland in the state's South West to an and yesterday morning (Saturday 14 November).

 3.11 PM 15 November, 2015

Come down and support us at Ritchies this weekend

We’re two weeks into our promotion with Ritchies and brigades have been out the front of Ritchies stores running barbecues/education stands and educating the community about fire safety.

 11.08 AM 13 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry Special Report tabled

Today the Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s Fiskville Training College tabled a Special Report to State Parliament relating to CFA’s production of documents for the Inquiry. 

 3.51 PM 12 November, 2015

Recruiting now

CFA is on the lookout for fit, team-oriented and community-minded individuals to join its career firefighter ranks from mid-2016.

 3.32 PM 11 November, 2015

VicEmergency website updated for summer

The VicEmergency website at has been updated for summer to provide the Victorian community with one, centralised location for emergency warnings and information.

 2.41 PM 11 November, 2015

November update: bushfire outlook

Across southern Australia, spring has so far been exceptionally dry.

 11.05 AM 10 November, 2015

Juniors wow judges at Midlands Cup

Six junior CFA brigades gathered yesterday in Greendale to vie for the annual Midlands Junior Cup, a day for the 11 to 15-year-olds to demonstrate their skills across events including burn-over drills, search and rescue and running edge fire attack.

 4.10 PM 9 November, 2015

Welcome to Country for station openings

From the beginning of 2016, all fire station openings will include a ‘Welcome to Country’ address to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land.

 9.32 AM 9 November, 2015

Let’s talk about mental health

CFA members are being encouraged to take part in an online survey which seeks their feedback on current mental health and wellbeing services and how they can be improved in to the future.

 3.04 PM 6 November, 2015

CFA and ARFF train side by side

In late September 2015, volunteers from the Lara brigade together with career staff from Avalon Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) made the trip to the ARFF training facility at Tullamarine airport in a joint training exercise.

 10.51 AM 5 November, 2015

Visit us at Ritchies this weekend

Last weekend some of our brigades including Diamond Creek brigade were at the local Ritchies handing out fire safety information and Ritchies Community Benefit Cards to the community.  

 9.55 AM 5 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearings to resume this week

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA’s former Fiskville Training College will resume public hearings on Friday 6 November and Monday 9 November 2015. 

 3.23 PM 4 November, 2015

The value of Community Fireguard

In its 22-year history, CFA’s Community Fireguard Program (CFG) has notched up some special achievements.

 12.39 PM 2 November, 2015

Service Delivery Strategy launched

CFA emergency management leaders from around the state "took a step forward into the future" last week according to Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, who officially launched the Service Delivery Strategy last Wednesday.

 9.05 AM 2 November, 2015

A New Beginning

As we move closer to what looks to be a busy Fire Season I find myself reflecting on what's been going on around CFA.

 10.06 PM 31 October, 2015

Pledge count surges

The overall pledge count has surged past 8,000 in CFA’s Fire Safety Pledge competition with Point Cook Fire Brigade taking a commanding early lead in the overall brigade category. 

 3.32 PM 30 October, 2015

CFA represented at 2015 ANZBA Conference

From 20 to 23 October 2015, Melbourne hosted the Australian New Zealand Burn Association conference which saw over 300 delegates from numerous countries such as Australia, USA, Philippines, Hong Kong, Brazil, New Zealand, Singapore, France and Malawi.

 9.14 PM 29 October, 2015

Clean Up Notices issued for remaining RTCs

Earlier this month, CFA was issued with Clean Up Notices from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for the remaining regional training campuses - Bangholme, West Sale, Wangaratta, Huntly, and Longerenong. 

 3.44 PM 29 October, 2015

Are we at your local Ritchies this weekend?

This November CFA brigades will be visiting their local Ritchies store to say thank you to Ritchies and its customers for their support through the Community Benefit Program.

 2.58 PM 29 October, 2015

Victorians warned about summer fire risk

Victorians are urged to start preparing for the upcoming fire season as Fire Action Week kicks off today. 

 11.50 AM 29 October, 2015

CFA steps back in time at Sovereign Hill

Celebrating Fire Action Week, Sovereign Hill will showcase 1800s firefighting equipment and techniques in an interactive display from 1 – 8 November.

 9.45 AM 27 October, 2015

BA replacement project enters the next phase

The Respiratory Protection Replacement Project (RPRP) will soon be replacing self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) systems at CFA, MFB, Ambulance Victoria, Victoria Police and other state government agencies, including Corrections Victoria.

 3.24 PM 26 October, 2015

Olinda brigade hosts session on bunkers

On Wednesday 21 October, Justin Leonard, lead researcher of CSIRO’s Bushfire Urban Design team, presented a session to Olinda residents on private bushfire bunkers/shelters.

 1.04 PM 26 October, 2015

Australasian Firefighters Championship

Host Brigade Echuca has won the title of 2015 Champion Team, after a weekend of competition involving teams from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Echuca was one of nine Victorian teams competing, they included Euroa, Geelong West, Melton, MFB, Ocean Grove, Pyramid Hill, Swan Hill and Werribee. NZ Brigade New Norfolk were runners up to Echuca, and the next Australasian Firefighters Championship will be held in New Zealand.

 5.12 PM 25 October, 2015

2016 CFA fundraising diary

The 2016 CFA Community Fundraising Diary is now available to order for only $20 from the

 1.40 PM 23 October, 2015

New Deaf Emergency Information Resource

CFA members helped celebrate the launch of a new Deaf Emergency Information resource at Morwell Fire Station on Thursday 23 October.

 11.22 AM 23 October, 2015

Top teams head to Australasian Champs

Swan Hill’s team has been training for three months for this weekend’s Australasian Firefighter Championship but – win or lose - they reckon the experience will give them an edge in more ways than one.

 11.00 AM 23 October, 2015