Message from the CEO, Paul Smith

As we head into a challenging few days of heightened fire risk across the state, I’d like to acknowledge the considerable, collective efforts of CFA people in recent weeks.


We make a significant contribution to statewide preparedness and response arrangements in periods of high demand.

From our Chief Officer to individual brigade members, our people at every level and location have a role to play in ensuring we are doing the best we can to protect lives and property across the state.

We all contribute to supporting our frontline staff and volunteers, on the fireground, in the State Control Centre or Incident Control Centres throughout the regions. I urge everyone to be mindful of their own wellbeing, and that of their colleagues during this busy period.

This is particularly relevant over the next few weeks when communities, and members past and present of our proud organisation, reflect on the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

Our members will be participating in a variety of commemorative events, with each individual acknowledging this time in their own unique way.

I ask you to be supportive of each other during what will be a difficult period for many and to seek assistance through our CFA wellbeing services any time you feel you need too.

This weekend, CFA will be represented in the official Australia Day festivities, participating in the parade and at Government House.

This is a wonderful public opportunity where CFA is acknowledged for our contribution to the community. People are welcome to attend the festivities to support those participating.

Finally, please take care in the extreme heat conditions tomorrow, especially if you are travelling for the long weekend.

Author: Paul Smith