News & Media


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

 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

Win a $100 voucher for your brigade

CFA Open Day is an opportunity for brigades to open their doors to the community and share some important fire safety messages. Brigades who register their CFA Open Day event before 20 September 2015 will automatically go into the running to win a $100 Fire Trader Voucher.

 3.07 PM 7 August, 2015

CFA Caravan Club on a membership drive

Formed more than two years’ ago, the CFA Caravan Club is continuing to grow and is on the look-out for new members to join more than 30 already belonging to the group.

 12.37 PM 7 August, 2015

CFA NWR: partnering against violence

On Monday 27 July, some of the best minds in the north-west joined CFA to discuss violence prevention and gender equity at the fourth meeting of the CFA North West Region Violence Prevention Advisory Group (VPAG). 

 11.49 AM 6 August, 2015

New digital scanner selected

A new digital scanner has been selected to replace existing listening sets at CFA brigades, with an order now placed with the supplier. 

 5.22 PM 5 August, 2015

VFBV Volunteer Survey is now open

Don't forget the 2015 VFBV Volunteer Welfare & Efficiency Survey is now open to all volunteers.

 2.46 PM 5 August, 2015

New training initiative in Mt. Cottrell

Mount Cottrell Group recently undertook a new initiative, planning an urban group exercise.

 5.39 PM 4 August, 2015

House gutted in suspicious fire

Police are investigating a suspicious fire in Ballarat that occurred on Saturday night.

 4.02 PM 4 August, 2015

Support is there - and not just for incidents

In February 2009, serving as a resources unit leader during the Black Saturday bushfires, Jess Harris was proud of the fact that she was proactive about seeking counselling for both herself and her team between shifts.

 4.15 PM 3 August, 2015

Chiltern Brigade's new-generation quick-fill

We needed increased pumping capacity as well as support for firefighters in the initial stages of an incident by providing a base for supplies.

 7.42 PM 1 August, 2015

CFA and SES join forces for forum

More than 450 CFA and SES volunteers from around Victoria will come together this weekend at Creswick for a first-ever joint forum to talk about better and new ways to reach communities. 

 2.00 PM 31 July, 2015

Nominations open for Women’s Honour Roll

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Victorian Honour Roll of Women. The event recognises the contribution of inspirational women and their role shaping communities in Victoria, across Australia and beyond.

 11.40 AM 31 July, 2015

New recruits to join CFA ranks

CFA added 29 new firefighters to its ranks today after an official graduation ceremony at Victoria’s state training centre in Craigieburn.

 11.09 AM 31 July, 2015

Career change and sea change for firey brothers

When Noel Heafield steps into Belmont Fire Station for his first official day as a full time firefighter next week, he’ll also become the third of three brothers to start their CFA careers in the Geelong region.

 10.33 AM 31 July, 2015

Estimating fuel levels post cyclone Marcia

The latest Hazard Note from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC looks at the dynamics of fuel quantity and hazard post-cyclone.

 5.01 PM 29 July, 2015

Juniors to attend national championship in NSW

CFA has once again been invited to participate in the Australian National Fire Cadet Championships (ANFCC) held at Myuna Bay near Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, during the September school holidays.

 12.43 PM 29 July, 2015

Respect for Peer Support program

"Respect is something that works best when mutual. Mutual respect is one of the foundations of the Peer Program. We work from a basis of unconditional positive regard for those we work with, and receive respect and appreciation in return."

 12.33 PM 29 July, 2015

Terry’s touch creates life-like scale model tanker

If he’s not careful, Hurstbridge 1st Lieutenant Terry Bassett, could have a new job on his hands – as the creator of model fire trucks.

 10.22 AM 29 July, 2015

New CFA induction program moves online

New members now have access to an online induction program that provides an insight into CFA’s culture, vision and values, and gives them an in-depth understanding of the organisation.

 10.38 AM 28 July, 2015

Sign up for science - CRC enews July

Science on show in Adelaide heads the July 2015 edition of Hazard News from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, available at

 11.53 AM 27 July, 2015

State Fire Investigation Forum 2015

The State Fire Investigation Forum was held at Dixons Creek on Sunday 19 July 2015 with over 60 CFA fire investigators from across the state attending.

 9.22 PM 25 July, 2015

New beginnings for Woosang brigade

It was a cold winter's day, but locally-made hot soup and food warmed up those who attended the opening of the new Woosang Brigade Fire Station.

 2.10 PM 24 July, 2015

It’s time to have your say on training

CFA members still have time to have their say on the Fire & Emergency Management (F&EM) Training Strategy.

 2.22 PM 21 July, 2015

Fire Awareness Awards now open

Every year Victorians face the challenge of living with fire, whether it is the threat of bushfire, a house fire or dealing with the effects fire can have on a business or industry.  The Fire Awareness Awards is a community-focused awards program that acknowledges the great work of individuals, community groups and organisations who deliver projects that help reduce the incidence and impact of fire in Victoria.

 11.53 AM 20 July, 2015

Radio communication improves as blackspots removed

Relying on transportable repeaters to cover local command channel radio communication blackspots has all but been alleviated with the last of 78 new transmitters now completed at Mt Tara, near Buchan, in District 11.

 10.44 AM 20 July, 2015

Brigade life membership (ribbon colour)

At the June 2015 CFA Honours & Awards Committee meeting, it was determined that the ribbon and ribbon bar for the Brigade Life Membership (Life Member Jewel) must be the colour red (Pantone Code PMS 186). The Committee determined that a standardised ribbon colour is required for all future Brigade Life Member Medals.

 3.57 PM 16 July, 2015

Start of a new adventure for recruit graduates

Nineteen weeks of intensive training has come to an end for 30 career firefighter recruits, marked by a moving graduation ceremony held at Victoria’s state training centre in Craigieburn.

 11.30 AM 16 July, 2015