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Information for Journalists
CFA/DELWP MEDIA ACCREDITATION
Media staff wishing to enter CFA and DELWP incidents must successfully complete Maintain Safety at an Incident Scene training.
In times of bushfire and major incidents, CFA and DELWP see the media as a partner in emergency management and value the role they have in informing and warning communities.
CFA and DELWP welcome media representatives onto firegrounds provided they are wearing correct Personal Protective Clothing & Equipment (PPC&E) and have undertaken the appropriate training.
The Maintain Safety at an Incident Scene course is designed to provide you with information that will help ensure your safety and the safety of others at incident sites.
Victorian and interstate media are required to complete full ‘Maintain Safety’ training once, and then every three years after that will need to complete an online refresher course to renew their accreditation. It’s the responsibility of individuals to keep track of their accreditation and to renew it before the expiry date.
Once more than a year has passed since the expiry date on your pass you will be required to re-accredit by completing full training once again.
Following your full or refresher training, CFA/DELWP will issue you with a Media Accreditation Card, which must be presented when attending incident scenes or traffic management points.
The media should be treated with courtesy and given reasonable assistance to inform the community of matters involving CFA.
- Ensuring the community is well informed during incidents and emergencies
- Promoting fire safety and awareness
- Recognising the role and achievements of all CFA personnel and especially volunteers
- Communicating CFA's work and focus on the protection of life and property, alongside its partner agencies