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RUOK? Day recap

During the month of September, CFA’s Organisational Wellbeing team coordinated events across the state in support of RUOK? Day. 

 12.32 PM 29 September, 2015

CFA logo plates out of stock

Last week Volunteerism launched an initiative to supply brigades with CFA logo plates to be displayed on the signs at the entry to suburbs, townships and cities. Due to the limited stock and an overwhelming initial responce, we regret to advise all stock has been allocated and any orders received after Thursday, 24 September 2015 are unable to be filled in this round.

 3.26 PM 25 September, 2015

Camaraderie comes out on days like this

Scoresby brigade’s Jim Read is just one of many CFA members with a background in policing. And like many, he will have good reason to pause and reflect on Blue Ribbon day (29 September).

 3.42 PM 23 September, 2015

Message from Lucinda Nolan

To all Country Fire Authority members, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know how excited I am to join such a wonderful, respected and dedicated organisation. 

 3.19 PM 22 September, 2015

CFA logo for ‘Welcome to’ signs - out of stock

Volunteerism is pleased to offer brigades the opportunity to order CFA logo plates. These logo plates are displayed on the ‘Welcome to’ signs at the entry to suburbs, townships and cities, to raise awareness of CFA and recognise our brigades.

 5.24 PM 18 September, 2015

Full research papers available

With a focus on the science of natural hazards the popular Research Forum is an annual lead-in to the joint Bushfire and Natural Hazards & AFAC conference.

 1.58 PM 18 September, 2015

Flying Doctors fired up again

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is again the recipient of donations from a unique fundraising adventure put together by CFA firefighters. This time, though, the firefighters do owe the doctors!

 10.07 PM 17 September, 2015

Show support for Blue Ribbon Day

CFA Chief Officer, Euan Ferguson is urging all members to support Blue Ribbon Day.

 11.44 AM 16 September, 2015

Golf club fire in Cranbourne

At 12.50pm on Monday 14 September Cranbourne and Langwarrin brigades were paged for a report of a roof fire at Amstel Golf Club in Cranbourne. 

 10.38 PM 15 September, 2015

Science draws a crowd

It was a big week in Adelaide in the first week of September for the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC conference. 

 3.24 PM 15 September, 2015

Future fireys battle for national title

Eighteen of the state’s top junior CFA members have been chosen to battle it out at the national fire championships later this month.

 11.26 AM 15 September, 2015

Warm weekend sees spike in grassfires

CFA responded to more than 40 grass and scrub fires over the weekend as warm weather swept across the state. 

 1.42 PM 14 September, 2015

Training in marine vessel fire investigation

The latest professional development opportunity for CFA Fire Investigators was conducted as part of the Victorian Association of Fire Investigators (VAFI) training day on Thursday 10 September in Echuca.

 10.23 AM 12 September, 2015

CFA wins award for truck safety

A major upgrade of safety systems and equipment to more than 1,000 of CFA’s tanker trucks has won a prestigious safety award.

 12.17 PM 11 September, 2015

Domestic violence workshop at Woodend brigade

Woodend Fire Brigade Captain Mick Christie was at a recent regional meeting where a new program ‘Against domestic violence’ was discussed. “They were looking for some CFA brigades to become involved and participate in a special workshop”, Mick said, “and I was more than happy for Woodend brigade to participate”.

 4.02 PM 10 September, 2015

R U OK?

Today CFA is taking part in R U OK? Day, a mental health initiative that asks people to check on loved ones or colleagues, perhaps using the simple question “Are you ok?”.

 1.41 PM 10 September, 2015

CFA celebrates young Victorian volunteers

CFA hopes to raise the profile of the state’s next generation of volunteers after signing on with the 2015 Victorian Young Achiever Awards as sponsor of the Young Volunteer Excellence Award.

 1.47 PM 8 September, 2015

Coast Guard news

News from four Coast Guard brigades around Victoria.

 4.18 PM 7 September, 2015

Emergency Management Commissioner joins CFA Q&A

Members will have their chance to quiz Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley, when he takes part in a Q&A session at CFA Headquarters.

 10.14 AM 7 September, 2015

CFA Open Day 2015 kicks off

So far just over 110 brigades have registered their open day and more are being added every day.

 5.03 PM 4 September, 2015

Have your say on the new Firefighters’ Memorial

CFA members still have time to have their say on a new Firefighters’ Memorial, with the online survey now made easier to access.

 1.32 PM 4 September, 2015

Fireys prepare to climb for a cure

More than 200 CFA firefighters will put their physical endurance to the test at the annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb on Saturday. 

 10.37 AM 3 September, 2015

Victoria prepares for hot dry summer fire season

The Andrews Labor Government and the State’s fire agencies are providing more than $20 million to fund a fleet of specialist firefighting aircraft to help keep communities safe this summer.

 3.10 PM 2 September, 2015

Generosity boosts fireys' leadership skills

A group of CFA volunteers will have the opportunity to boost their leadership skills thanks to a generous donation from the IGA Community Chest Program.

 11.43 AM 2 September, 2015

Early start predicted for 2015-2016 fire season

Victoria is heading towards an early start to the fire season with an above normal fire risk predicted, according to the Southern Australia Seasonal Outlook.

 9.42 AM 2 September, 2015

Lester Marks – a quiet gentleman

When the Victorian Aboriginal Honour Roll arrived in Horsham in June, it brought home to the Western District the story of one of CFA’s first Aboriginal volunteers.

 12.25 PM 1 September, 2015

Koori Cultural awareness for District 13 & 12

On Saturday 29 August, over 20 staff and volunteers from across Districts 12 and 13 attended a Koori Cultural awareness session at Badger Creek Fire Station.

 2.50 PM 31 August, 2015

So much more than fighting fires

“I can’t even begin to list all the skills, attributes and experiences I have gained through CFA, it is the most humbling experience working with people who want to help rather than being paid to help – it is so much more than fighting fires”.

 1.22 PM 31 August, 2015

Get Moving registrations are open

Registrations for the 2015 Get Moving Challenge are now open!

 12.50 PM 28 August, 2015

CFA CEO speaks to ABC

Michael Wootten speaks to ABC Gippsland today regarding CFA’s regional training grounds.

 11.01 AM 28 August, 2015

Spring Brigade emag now online

The digital version of the spring 2015 Brigade magazine is now online. The paper version will be delivered next week.

 4.31 PM 27 August, 2015

Fire brigades to open their doors

Around 100 CFA brigades across Victoria will open their doors over the next few months to give the community a glimpse of the work being done by CFA members all year round.

 2.47 PM 27 August, 2015

Learning from the past, planning for the future

How can emergency service agencies measure the effect of policies and prepare for natural disasters beyond our current experience?

 1.44 PM 27 August, 2015

Emergency Services Blood Challenge 1 week to go...

CFA has hit the front, we're now up on those Blood Donating champions VicPol!

 1.22 AM 25 August, 2015

CFA to take part in R U OK? Day

In recognition of R U OK? Day on Thursday, 10 September 2015, CFA’s Wellbeing team has organised events across the state.  

 4.57 PM 21 August, 2015

Eureka Climb 2015

The race to the top of Melbourne’s tallest building is on again with over 2,500 climbers set to raise money for Whitelion and Interplast Australia and New Zealand, and earn the ultimate view from the top of the Eureka Tower.

 12.16 PM 21 August, 2015

Aussie emergency crews head to US

A contingent of Australian and New Zealand emergency personnel will fly to the United States this weekend to assist with fighting more than 100 wildfires burning in the north west of the country.

 5.39 PM 20 August, 2015

District 13 double retirement

Brendan Collier OIC DMO at Mt Evelyn and Alma Collier D13 BASO both retired in early July.

 10.13 AM 20 August, 2015

VFBV Volunteer Survey – closing soon

More than a thousand volunteers have taken the 2015 VFBV Volunteer Welfare and Efficiency Survey so far, and all volunteers are invited to have their say before it closes on 31 August – the online survey is at http://www.vfbv.com.au/survey2015.php

 2.04 PM 19 August, 2015

Good first moves

A motor vehicle accident with trapped victims is a significant problem and even worse when you're a long way away from a road rescue unit.

 9.46 PM 18 August, 2015

State Forum connects in Creswick

The CFA-SES Community Engagement and Hazard Awareness State Forum was held in Creswick on 1 and 2 August 2015, as CFA joined forces with SES for the first time. 

 5.41 PM 18 August, 2015

Drouin West takes home bragging rights

Drouin West Fire Brigade took home first prize from the bragging board poster displays at the CFA-SES Community Engagement and Hazard Awareness State Forum. 

 5.40 PM 18 August, 2015

Upgrade to CFA events and activities tool

Capturing and displaying brigade community engagement events and activities has now been made easier, following an upgrade to the online reporting tool.  

 5.28 PM 18 August, 2015

The Fire Safety Pledge coming soon

Brigades are being offered the chance to win one of three $1000 cash prizes this spring by simply getting members of their community to take the online ‘Fire Safety Pledge’.

 5.16 PM 18 August, 2015

Have your say on a new Firefighters' Memorial

CFA members can have their say on a new Firefighters' Memorial, with an online survey now open.

 11.05 AM 18 August, 2015

Showcasing bushfire and natural hazard science

It is National Science Week, and the August 2015 edition of Hazard News showcases the science underway at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.

 10.09 AM 18 August, 2015

ROADwhyz comes back to East Gippsland

ROADwhyz, Choice & Consequence, a road safety awareness evening aimed at young people just starting to drive, is returning to East Gippsland on 28 August.

 5.34 PM 13 August, 2015

AFSM Nominations: Queen's Birthday Honours 2016

The Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) recognises distinguished service by members of Australia’s fire service organisations. CFA accepts nominations at any time and all nominations received will be held for consideration at the next available CFA Honours and Awards Review Committee meeting.

 11.36 AM 12 August, 2015

Next Emergency Services Blood Challenge Update

A few weeks of the challenge to go and the tally's really stacking up!

 12.12 PM 11 August, 2015

Fire Services Review to receive public submissions

Mr David O'Byrne, who has been appointed by the government to conduct the Fire Services Review, is accepting submissions from the general public related to the Review's Terms of Reference (pdf).

 4.41 PM 10 August, 2015