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Draft CFA VFBV Championships Action Plan 2020 - 2025

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I am pleased to announce that the CFA VFBV Championships 2020 – 2025 Action Plan is out in draft form for consultation.

Draft CFA VFBV Championships Action Plan 2020 - 2025

CFA VFBV Championships are part of the history and tradition of CFA. Annual Competitions, or demonstrations as they have been referred to, commenced 137 years ago and were only interrupted by World Wars.

In recent years the numbers of competing teams have begun to wane as have the supporting attractions and activities that accompany the Championships.

CFA's Business Plan commits to a project to modernise our Championships. In this project there has been strong engagement with VFBV Urban and Rural Competition and Rules Committees and VFBV Executive. This engagement has led to two significant outcomes. 

The first is the historic decision to run the Rural Senior and Junior Championships with the Urban Senior Championships concurrently at the Mooroopna Recreation reserve on 28 and 29 March 2020. This event will be a major celebration of CFA and likely attract over 4000 CFA people, competitors and family, as well as having wide appeal to the broader community. 

I would like to express my thanks to the many staff and volunteers who are working hard to ensure the success of this event.  I would also encourage brigades to consider entering a team in the 2020 Championships.  If you need support to do this contact your local VFBV State Councillor or send an email to and we will pass along your interest.

Finally I would urge you to put these dates in your calendar and if you can, get along and get involved.

The second significant outcome is the development of a Draft CFA VFBV Championships 2020 - 2025 Action Plan.

The Draft Action Plan is an output of the Championships of the Future Strategy Workshop held in Bendigo on April 14 2019. The workshop was attended by around 80 CFA members.

Most attendees were representatives of brigades with a competition team or were members of Competition and Rules Committees. You now have an opportunity to comment on this Draft Action Plan.

Our draft plan looks beyond 2020 and seeks to ensure that our District and State Championships will strengthen and grow; ensure they reflect and modern and inclusive CFA and are sustainable into the future.  You can provide feedback or share your views at

Feedback is required by close of business 21 June 2019.

John Haynes

Executive Director Volunteers and Strategy