One year on: CFA returns to volunteer fire service

Member News image Credit: Amélie Mornex - National Volunteer Week Photo Competition 2021


Message from CEO Natalie MacDonald and CO Jason Heffernan


The past year has brought significant change for CFA as we return to a volunteer firefighting organisation and welcomed Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) as our new partner in delivering fire and emergency services to Victorians.

While we have started a new chapter of CFA, one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to our communities and the way we respond when people are in need.

This was clearly evident in the aftermath of June’s devastating storms, with members working tirelessly alongside our emergency services partners to support clean-up efforts – work that continues to this day.

CFA’s reputation as a trusted and respected emergency service remains as strong as ever, and that’s because our volunteers are part of the communities they serve.

In the past 12 months we’ve focused on how we support our volunteers and ensuring that we respond to their needs.  

We’ve distributed many millions of dollars of equipment through donated funds or government programs including road crash rescue equipment, structural helmets and defibrillators - equipment that directly benefits those on the frontline.

We’ve made some fantastic improvements in our training including providing new online opportunities during COVID-19 restrictions to ensure members remained engaged and could continue skill development.  We’re also improving how we deliver training on the ground.

We’ve developed a new platform to help brigades recruit members and later this year will be rolling out the new CFA workwear which has been something our volunteers have been wanting for a number of years.

You can view updates on our projects and initiatives on Members Online.

We look forward to what’s to come in delivering even more to support our volunteers.

Together we have a strong and bright future and we will continue to work with our emergency sector partners to fulfil our commitment to our communities and keep the people of Victoria safe.


Submitted by CFA News