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Fire Danger Period warning for the long weekend

CFA is reminding all Victorians to have fire safety as a top priority as we head into the Labour Day long weekend.

 1.52 PM 7 March, 2018

CFA moves to prevent fungus infections from firewood

Last year Glenaladale CFA Captain Rick O’Haire encouraged his long term friend John Hine to share his story.

 3.54 PM 28 February, 2018

CFA helping to address mental health

Even the most resilient member of CFA can be affected by stress and trauma.

 8.15 AM 9 February, 2018

Fire safety this Aus Day long weekend

CFA is urging all Victorians to keep fire safety top of mind as we head into the Australia Day long weekend.

 11.53 AM 26 January, 2018

Smoke visible due to increased fire activity

Fires burning in Victoria and South Australia today have resulted in large amounts of smoke drifting across the state.

 9.35 PM 6 January, 2018

Is your mental health ready for summer?

When we think of the fire season, we think about pre-season briefings, preparedness training, truck inventories and checking our PPC is in good order. 

 8.03 AM 13 December, 2017

CFA will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour

CFA Chief Officer Steve Warrington outlines why he is adamant CFA will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour.  

 2.35 PM 6 December, 2017

Reduce risks and save time

Want to know how to reduce your risk of having a road accident and improve your work life balance, all from the comfort of your own home or office?

 11.25 AM 16 October, 2017

New processes and guidance - clutter/hoarding

Residential fires involving significant clutter or hoarding are extremely dangerous for both occupants and firefighters. 

 5.12 PM 26 September, 2017

Update from Steve Smith ACO Inclusion & Fairness

Assistant Chief Officer, Inclusion and Fairness, Steve Smith provides an update on his first few months in the role. Steve also provides some ideas on how we can all contribute to CFA being an inclusive and equitable organisation. If you would like subtitles, click on the first icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

 1.33 PM 22 September, 2017

Take care of your mental health

“Mental wellbeing is more than just the absence of mental illness; it’s about thriving and positive mental health as well,” says Annette Molloy, CFA’s Manager Organisational Wellbeing.

 10.51 AM 8 September, 2017

Brigade health and safety coordinators

Brigade health and safety coordinators are not alone. There’s a growing network of informed group health and safety coordinators (GHSCs) working with them, and together they are making a difference in their districts.

 10.18 AM 7 September, 2017

R U OK DAY 2017

R U OK? DAY falls on Thursday 14 September 2017. It’s a national day of action to inspire all Australians to ask family, friends and colleagues, “Are you ok?” By regularly reaching out to one another and having open and honest conversations, we can help create and build on connections to reduce suicide rates.

 11.39 AM 1 September, 2017

Farm safety a serious matter for two CFA members

CFA is just one of the many things that Baddaginnie members and good mates Rod Cook and Phil Rees have in common.

 10.47 AM 24 July, 2017

Learning from experience – Mt Duneed farm rescue

Each issue of Brigade magazine contains a ‘Learning from experience’ section which includes case studies of major incidents researched by Fire & Emergency Management.

 5.40 PM 18 July, 2017

Faces of CFA: Greg Parker

As part of Men's Health Week, we feature Smythesdale Fire Brigade's Greg Parker who coordinates their rehab unit, one of 14 in Victoria. 

 2.51 PM 15 June, 2017

PTSD: Ray of light in dark times

For years, Ray Carman had a hellish showreel running through his head featuring the graphic lowlights of his life as a Horsham Fire Brigade member and tow truck driver. The images of death and destruction were often on high rotation in the early hours of the morning as he lay awake.

 10.23 PM 12 June, 2017

CFA volunteer warns of fungus in firewood

Glenaladale CFA volunteer John Hine was faced with a battle last year, one he never saw coming. This time last year John was cutting up the annual supply of Redgum wood on his farm in Woodglen. John had no idea he was inhaling a small fungus that lives in some timbers.

 2.57 PM 31 May, 2017

The importance of CFA's emergency medical response

CFA brigades trained to administer emergency medical response (EMR) co-respond with Ambulance Victoria (AV) to a select group of Priority Triple Zero calls, best summarised as ‘not conscious, not breathing or breathing uncertain’.

 10.52 AM 23 March, 2017

Looking after your mental health

CFA’s Member Assistance Program (MAP) provides a comprehensive range of support for our members and their immediate family that is confidential, free and accessible 24 hours a day.

 11.42 AM 16 March, 2017

Comunity education tip March 2017

Fires are unpredictable and plans can fail. Having a back-up plan that identifies your shelter or last resort options may save your life if you are caught in a fire.

 10.28 AM 9 March, 2017

Talking and walking ‘safety first’

CFA has turned up the ante on safety with a tool called ‘Safety Share.’

 1.16 PM 30 January, 2017

Let's Talk about youth suicide

Sam Fitzgibbon was a member of Ellerslie Fire Brigade alongside his dad Michael. At 21 years of age, Sam was a farmer with a firm handshake and a smile who always had time for a chat. He had a loving family and a network of friends and was a proud and perfectionist young man.

 10.06 AM 5 December, 2016

Chief and DCOs test their burn over skills

CFA crews were involved in 34 burn overs between 2009 and 2014.

 1.40 PM 24 November, 2016

Equity & Diversity Review extended to 18 December

The data collection phase of the Independent Equity and Diversity Review into CFA and MFB has been extended.  

 12.11 PM 22 November, 2016

CO Update – VEOHRC survey closing 18 November

Today I’m encouraging all of you to take part in the Equity and Diversity Review survey, which closes next Friday 18 November.

 1.25 PM 11 November, 2016

Mental health a high priority in District 18

Volunteers from Nyah Nyah West, Beverford and District, Swan Hill and Woorinen South fire brigades joined with CFA staff and community members to raise awareness for mental health issues by leading a walk around the CBD recently.

 12.59 PM 7 November, 2016

Don't Do It Alone documentary released

Three years ago, Operations Officer Terry Heafield’s battle with depression and anxiety took him to the lowest low of his life.

 11.26 AM 14 October, 2016

Golden Square ready to monitor the atmosphere

After weeks of training, Golden Square Fire Brigade now has two new MSA Altair 5X gas detectors, one on the pumper and the other on the salvage unit.

 12.22 PM 3 October, 2016

Trailer for Terry Heafield doco: Don’t Do It Alone

Three years ago, Operations Officer Terry Heafield’s battle with depression and anxiety took him to the lowest low of his life.

 12.24 PM 8 September, 2016

I soon realised this was the life of a firefighter

It was 3.04am when the call came in. A house fire in Noble Park, southeast of Melbourne, 1984. Structure fully involved.

 12.45 PM 7 September, 2016

Get Moving Challenge

Get Moving is back! We have made some enhancements to the program based on feedback from last year and we can’t wait to get it underway.  

 2.43 PM 29 August, 2016

Cool demeanour saves a life

A Wodonga West member has performed lifesaving CPR on a member of the public at Wodonga plaza last weekend, earning accolades from paramedics and onlookers.

 10.29 AM 28 July, 2016

Cycling to raise cancer-fighting funds

This week is Men’s Health Week, a country-wide event aimed at educating, promoting and raising awareness of all things to do with the health and wellbeing of men of all ages. A health crisis in member Ashley Browne’s family prompted him to embark on a fundraising bike ride for charity.

 2.46 PM 17 June, 2016

Melton LFF Rod’s free fitness classes

This week is Men’s Health Week, a countrywide event aimed at educating, promoting and raising awareness of all things to do with the health and wellbeing of men of all ages. Rod Merrett is a member maintaining his own fitness and supporting other members to do the same.

 2.25 PM 15 June, 2016

Mens Health Week is coming

Men’s Health Week is a national event aimed at educating, promoting and raising awareness of all things to do with male health.

 1.33 PM 2 June, 2016

Mildura kids SAFE and aware

The SAFE program was held on 19, 20 and 21 April at the St Andrews Tennis Complex in Eleventh Street Mildura. During the 3 days, 651 primary aged children attended from 10 local schools.

 5.26 PM 11 May, 2016

Walking off the war within, one year on

Anzac Day 2016: it's one year exactly since career firefighter Nathan Shanahan completed his almost-400-kilometre walk from Mildura to Adelaide to help lift the stigma surrounding mental health issues.

 10.03 AM 25 April, 2016

CFA supports its own after Ross Creek crash

CFA is assisting four members and their families, after an early morning crash involving a support vehicle.

 1.54 PM 21 April, 2016

Another great training opportunity

The CFA volunteers who attended the recent burn camp at Cape Otway would like to extend a huge thank you to the small team of people who made the event possible.

 1.06 AM 21 April, 2016

Look out for red back spiders

21-year-old CFA firefighter Jenna Allen is speaking out to fellow members about the dangers of red back spiders, warning members in rural areas to take care.

 11.29 AM 12 April, 2016

New database protects animals from bushfire

CFA has partnered with an Australian-first project that aims to provide better protection of horses and other companion animals during bushfires. 

 2.12 PM 18 February, 2016

From the CEO - Fiskville hearing update

Today I, along with CFA Acting Chair John Peberdy, gave evidence at the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the former Fiskville Training College.

 4.25 PM 29 January, 2016

Join the Chief Officer and take on Febfast

CFA Chief Officer Joe Buffone has joined 'A Pause for a Cause', vowing to give up sugar and alcohol for Febfast.

 2.46 PM 29 January, 2016

Fiskville Inquiry hearings resume

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s former Fiskville Training College resumes public hearings this Wednesday (27 January). 

 1.44 PM 25 January, 2016

Review of CFA Child Protection Policy and Practice

Invitation to participate in review

 3.17 PM 19 January, 2016

Lorne fires update Thursday 24 Dec

There is no threat to communities at the moment, but it's important for communities surrounding Jamison Track to remain vigilant over the Christmas period when a wind change is expected late Friday 25 December.

 9.36 AM 24 December, 2015

Smoke over the Great Ocean Rd, Lorne and surrounds

Lorne, Camperdown, Cobden, Cobrico and surrounding areas are experiencing significant smoke activity due to fires burning west of Lorne.

 4.23 PM 23 December, 2015

Extreme conditions prompt heat and fire warning

As Victoria braces for another two days of extreme heat, fire and health authorities are calling on communities to put health and safety first in the lead up to Christmas.

 5.14 PM 18 December, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearing - 21 December

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s former Fiskville Training College will hold another public hearing on 21 December.

 2.53 PM 18 December, 2015

Last chance to have your say

Time is running out to have your say in the 2015 Wellbeing Research Survey.

 10.44 AM 14 December, 2015

Free trauma app to assist burns assessment

A new app developed by the NSW Institute of Trauma and Injury Management (ITIM)  in collaboration with leading Australian burns specialists could prove a useful tool for emergency service personnel and first responders in Victoria.

 1.04 AM 1 December, 2015

My first few weeks

One of my highlights during my first few weeks has been my visits to local brigades, where I have had the pleasure of meeting many of our front line men and women.

 11.54 AM 30 November, 2015

District 13 leads the Wellbeing Survey

Two weeks in and the Wellbeing Survey is proving popular with members.

 8.59 AM 30 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearings continue

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s former Fiskville Training College continued public hearings on Friday 20 November and Monday 23 November.

 4.59 PM 23 November, 2015

‘Getting the people bit right’

There’s been a great response to the start of the 2015 Wellbeing Survey, with more than 400 members taking part within its first two weeks. 

 12.05 PM 20 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearings 19, 20 & 23 November

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA’s former Fiskville Training College will resume public hearings on 19, 20 and 23 November 2015.  

 11.47 AM 18 November, 2015

White Ribbon Day 2015

White Ribbon is Australia’s only national, male led campaign to end men’s violence against women. Thirty per cent of women worldwide are affected by violence committed by an intimate partner, the most common type of violence against women. But this is not just something that happens overseas.

 3.06 PM 17 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry Special Report tabled

Today the Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s Fiskville Training College tabled a Special Report to State Parliament relating to CFA’s production of documents for the Inquiry. 

 3.51 PM 12 November, 2015

Let’s talk about mental health

CFA members are being encouraged to take part in an online survey which seeks their feedback on current mental health and wellbeing services and how they can be improved in to the future.

 3.04 PM 6 November, 2015

Fiskville Inquiry hearings to resume this week

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA’s former Fiskville Training College will resume public hearings on Friday 6 November and Monday 9 November 2015. 

 3.23 PM 4 November, 2015

Clean Up Notices issued for remaining RTCs

Earlier this month, CFA was issued with Clean Up Notices from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) for the remaining regional training campuses - Bangholme, West Sale, Wangaratta, Huntly, and Longerenong. 

 3.44 PM 29 October, 2015

Improving the safety of dangerous goods sites

CFA’s Dangerous Goods Unit (DGU) within Fire & Emergency Management seeks to continually improve firefighter safety by making sure sites that store and handle dangerous goods adhere to the Dangerous Goods Regulations and relevant Australian Standards, and ensuring that CFA operational requirements are considered in emergency planning.

 1.36 PM 21 October, 2015

SES Floods Into Kyneton CFA

On 19 October 2015 Kyneton Group held a flood and swift water rescue workshop under the guidance of SES Operations Manager Mark Cattell. 

 3.01 PM 20 October, 2015

Fiskville Parliamentary Inquiry hearings resume

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the former CFA Fiskville Training College resumed hearings today.

 5.00 PM 19 October, 2015

CFA members are on the move!

The 2015 Get Moving Challenge is well underway with over 80 teams and almost 700 CFA members walking all around the state in the name of good health.

 9.23 AM 19 October, 2015

Fiskville Parliamentary Inquiry hearings to resume

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into CFA’s former Fiskville Training College will resume public hearings on 19 October. Read the CEO's blog for more details.

 3.18 PM 16 October, 2015

RUOK? Day recap

During the month of September, CFA’s Organisational Wellbeing team coordinated events across the state in support of RUOK? Day. 

 12.32 PM 29 September, 2015

Domestic violence workshop at Woodend brigade

Woodend Fire Brigade Captain Mick Christie was at a recent regional meeting where a new program ‘Against domestic violence’ was discussed. “They were looking for some CFA brigades to become involved and participate in a special workshop”, Mick said, “and I was more than happy for Woodend brigade to participate”.

 4.02 PM 10 September, 2015


Today CFA is taking part in R U OK? Day, a mental health initiative that asks people to check on loved ones or colleagues, perhaps using the simple question “Are you ok?”.

 1.41 PM 10 September, 2015

District 20 puckers up for Liptember

As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, District 20 is joining forces with many others across the country and participating in Liptember with the focus on Women’s Mental Health to 'Kiss away the Blues'.

 3.43 PM 9 September, 2015

Early start predicted for 2015-2016 fire season

Victoria is heading towards an early start to the fire season with an above normal fire risk predicted, according to the Southern Australia Seasonal Outlook.

 9.42 AM 2 September, 2015

Get Moving registrations are open

Registrations for the 2015 Get Moving Challenge are now open!

 12.50 PM 28 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

District 2 takes a stand

We know that preventing violence against women is an important community issue, but many of us just don’t know how we can help.

 3.49 PM 14 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

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

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

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

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

Latest Emergency Services Blood Challenge Update

Half way through July we're already more than 100 donations up on our tally at the end of July last year, and only 4 behind those champion blood donors VicPol.

 10.58 AM 13 July, 2015

Get moving challenge on again in 2015

The Get Moving Challenge is happening again for CFA members in 2015, but this time it will be teams tallying their step count to vie for the highest combined total in the state.  

 11.03 AM 29 June, 2015

North West rehab units meet at Golden Square

For the first time, the North West Regions rehab units met at Golden Square this week to share learnings and ideas.

 3.17 PM 25 June, 2015

Violence prevention is everyone's business

Mike Wassing admits he is not an expert on violence prevention, but as a father of three girls and a man shocked by the statistics that one in three women has experienced physical violence, he could not sit back and say it was someone else’s responsibility.

 2.47 PM 25 June, 2015

Emergency Services Blood Donor Challenge Update

Checked the Emergency Services Challenge tally yesterday, which was CFA 107 and VicPol 104, but checked today and it's VicPol 114 and CFA 110.

 2.21 PM 21 June, 2015

Emergency Services Blood Challenge commences today

The Red Cross Blood Services Emergency Services Challenge commences today 1 June and continues until 31 August. It’s time again for CFA to prove we have what it takes to save the most lives through blood donation. Let's see if we can top VicPol this year.

 3.32 PM 1 June, 2015

CFA endorses use of approved seatbelt extensions

From time to time, larger CFA members request the use of seatbelt extensions as they cannot use the existing seatbelt in some CFA vehicles.

 2.34 PM 1 June, 2015

Hidden dangers of shed fires

On Thursday 9 April 2015, firefighters responded to a reported hay stack fire at a rural property in Oxley (near Wangaratta) just before 11.00am.

 3.12 PM 15 April, 2015

Depression and anxiety: silent but very real

On Friday 27 March, beyondblue visited CFA HQ with their Big Blue Bus to increase awareness of mental health and mental illness.

 3.46 PM 31 March, 2015

Are you a horse riding enthusiast?

Do you have a horse and enjoy riding? Then why not enter the Equestrian Sports in the 2015 Police & Emergency Services Games and compete for CFA! 

 12.38 PM 24 March, 2015

Beyondblue bus visiting CFA HQ

Beyondblue has been a key player in raising awareness of depression and anxiety in the Australian community. In 2013, CFA established a Memorandum of Understanding with beyondblue to continue to build a relationship and supportmental health awareness within CFA. 

 9.57 AM 19 March, 2015

Golden Square’s rehab unit online

District 2 Fire Fighters now have access to a Firefighter Rehabilitation Unit located at Golden Square which can be requested through VicFire to attend any fire or incident requiring firefighters to be put through rehabilitation.

 10.43 AM 17 March, 2015

VFBV Urban Senior State Champs

The 132nd Urban Senior State Championships are being held in Bendigo this long weekend, 7-9 March 2015. Urban fire brigade teams from across Victoria as well as Bassendean, Harvey & Mandurah Fire Brigades from Western Australia and Carterton Fire Brigade from New Zealand are competing in a range of events that test their skills and team work. 

 3.44 PM 7 March, 2015

Wellbeing Pilot Update

A social media training package The Wellbeing Pilot team has developed a social media training package for all CFA members. This is to help members think about the material they post online and develop a better understanding of CFA’s social media policy. Online conversations should be considered as being similar to face-to-face conversations. Confidential information should not be posted on social media.

 9.27 AM 3 March, 2015

Hazardous trees training for Malmsbury

Malmsbury Fire Brigade recently conducted in-house hazardous trees training for its members. The training, which included a video and field visit, centred around the new Joint Standard Operating Procedure (JSOP 8.03).

 8.36 AM 3 March, 2015

Fiskville operations suspended

All operations at CFA’s Fiskville training facility have been suspended as a precaution until further notice after chemical residues were detected in large tanks used to store mains water for firefighter training.

 9.43 PM 2 March, 2015

Health, Safety and Environment System

The implementation of a Health Safety Environment management system, a priority for OT&V OT&V will soon introduce a Health Safety and Environment (HSE) management system which will be shared by Victorian Emergency Management Training Centres (VEMTC) across Victoria.

 2.16 PM 2 March, 2015

Fiskville inquiry submission

The Victorian State Government through the Environmental and Natural Resource Committee has commenced a Parliamentary Inquiry into the CFA Training College at Fiskville.

 4.49 PM 23 February, 2015

2015 World Police & Fire Games, Fairfax USA

This year the World Police & Fire Games will be held at Fairfax County, Virginia USA,  over the period of 26 June to 5 July 2015. 61 Sporting events will be held over 10 Days and it is expected that 12,000 competitors from 70 different countries will participate.

 2.45 PM 16 February, 2015

Help needed for research into hoarding

CFA and MFB have joined forces to carry out the first statewide study into hoarding and squalor.

 9.46 AM 11 February, 2015

Victorian emergency services return home from WA

The majority of the 150 Victorian emergency services personnel who have been in Western Australia assisting with firefighting efforts will return home from today.

 12.50 PM 8 February, 2015

2015 Victoria Police & Emergency Services Games

The Annual 2015 Police and Emergency Services Games will be held on 10 April to 15 April. 

 10.21 AM 3 February, 2015

New coal mine fire briefing video

A new video has been developed for emergency services personnel to introduce them to the very specific challenges faced when fighting fires in a coal mine.

 11.48 AM 29 January, 2015

An award-winning invention for CFA

CFA members have been awarded for their innovative design to help keep firefighters’ body temperature cool and relieve heat stress during fire-related incidents.   

 4.16 PM 8 January, 2015

CFA firefighters suffer minor injury, illness

CFA is offering support to two volunteer firefighters and their families, after the men suffered minor injury and illness in the course of their work fighting fires today.

 6.24 PM 7 January, 2015

Members reminded to stay safe in heat

CFA members are being urged to take care in hot conditions after the Department of Health issued another Heat Health Alert for the Central, North Central and Wimmera districts today, Wednesday 7 January. 

 10.13 AM 7 January, 2015

Counselling is not for me

While the Christmas season is often considered a time for fun and festivities, it can also be a stressful time too.

 11.24 AM 23 December, 2014

Wellbeing services over the summer months

Planning and preparing for the summer months can often be a stressful and hectic time. In the lead up, stresses that can impact on our wellbeing often increase, especially when trying to balance time, work, family and volunteering. This can leave members feeling under extra pressure, stressed and fatigued. Therefore, it is important to keep a check on both physical and mental health and wellbeing generally over summer.

 11.41 AM 26 November, 2014

Movember at Melton

One in eight Australian men experiences depression at any given time. One in two Australian men will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85. Nearly two thirds of Australia’s population is overweight, with men more likely to be overweight or obese than women.

 10.14 PM 19 November, 2014

Ray’s lifesaving CPR experience

As a volunteer for 14 years, Rowville Fire Brigade’s Ray Ben has trained in first aid. He did a one-day St John Ambulance first aid refresher course earlier this year, brushing up on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other potentially life-saving skills with the hope of never needing to use them.

 10.59 AM 18 November, 2014

Wassing takes a stand against violence

CFA Assistant Chief Officer Mike Wassing says statistics about violence against women are shocking.

 8.58 AM 6 October, 2014

CFA teams up with BeyondBlue

In recognition of the work CFA has been doing in raising awareness of mental health, BeyondBlue recently nominated our CEO, Mick Bourke and Chief Officer, Euan Ferguson to take part in a video aimed at supporting mentally healthy workplaces right across Australia.

 5.09 PM 1 October, 2014

Off-road driver training facilities

This project will see the creation of three tracks and supporting facilities at West Sale,  Longerenong and Penshurst to train members in safe driving in off-road conditions during emergencies.

 4.32 PM 25 September, 2014

Wellbeing Pilot uptake increases

Under the Wellbeing Pilot, a range of training and educational packages for members is currently being rolled out at both district and brigade levels.

 4.28 PM 25 September, 2014

SBS's Insight about post traumatic stress

The one-hour-long discussion program Insight looks at how our brains process painful memories, and whether talking about them makes them better or worse.

 12.28 PM 18 September, 2014

R U OK? Day Mental Health Forum

In support and recognition of R U OK? Day, a forum has been created to give CFA Members an opportunity to ask questions around supporting other members with mental health issues and share some tips on having a conversation.

 1.21 PM 10 September, 2014

Drouin Lions helps Drouin West to acquire BA

As the communities of Drouin West and Jindivick continue to change and grow, so does the risk.

 10.51 AM 10 September, 2014

Come and topple the tower

CFA’s Wellbeing team is calling on members to come and visit them at the upcoming Emergency Services Project Expo (14 September) to check out their giant Jenga-like ‘Mental Health Tower’ training resource.

 12.10 PM 3 September, 2014

R U OK? Day: supporting CFA members

Have you ever wanted to approach another member who may be going through a difficult time and felt you weren’t sure where to start? They might be acting a bit differently, seem to have a lot on their plate, or simply aren’t themselves. Don’t ignore these signs but instead take some time to start a conversation.

 4.16 PM 25 August, 2014

Corio A shift go mental

Not many people want to talk about mental health. For some reason if we talk about it, it’s like there's something wrong with us.

 2.19 PM 11 August, 2014

Wellbeing training and education

Wellbeing Field Officers have begun working with individual brigades across Victoria, helping them manage through mental health and relationship issues.

 1.08 PM 29 July, 2014

CFA behind VicPol in blood donating

The attached extract from the Blood Bank Emergency Services Challenge taken on 29 July 2014 shows that the CFA is way behind Victoria Police in the number of donations given, which corresponds to the number of lives saved.

 12.27 PM 29 July, 2014

Managing mental health brigade tips

Brigades across Victoria have contributed to a new guide book providing advice to other brigades on how to support members’ mental health.

 11.34 AM 22 July, 2014

New Mental Health video series

The Organisational Wellbeing team is continuing its Managing your Mental Health video series, releasing a number of informational videos around key mental health issues.

 10.57 AM 8 July, 2014

Managing mental health videos

A new Managing Mental Health video series has been released by the Organisational Wellbeing Team offering practical information and advice to help members manage their mental health.

 5.22 PM 23 June, 2014

CEO blog: Cancer Council Report

There has been some encouraging information from Cancer Council Victoria which has concluded an investigation of cancer in firefighters that may have arisen from past practices at the Fiskville Training College from 1971 until 1999, writes CEO Mick Bourke.

 12.01 PM 20 June, 2014

Managing your mental health

Members will be better supported to manage their mental health with a dedicated Mental Health section now available on CFA Online

 11.05 AM 17 June, 2014

Peer support confronts local trauma

When your father is captain of the local fire brigade, CFA is “all in the family,” says Ouyen Fire Brigade member Noela Barker.

 5.34 PM 16 June, 2014

Wellbeing support for brigades

CFA has introduced a new Wellbeing Pilot Program, where experienced Field Officers will work with brigades to manage mental health and relationship issues.

 10.50 PM 6 June, 2014

Fireys needed for heat study

Bushfire CRC PhD student Brianna Larsen at Deakin University is studying how very hot conditions influence firefighters’ work performance and safety when on the fireground. She needs volunteers to help with the next phase of her PhD.

 7.07 PM 20 May, 2014

Last chance AP&ES Games entry

This is your absolute LAST CHANCE to register in the 2014 Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games held on 19-24th April. 

 3.56 PM 27 March, 2014

Latrobe Valley mine fires 21/2/14

A letterbox drop, targeting southern Morwell and other key locations, is underway to provide residents key information about the Hazelwood open cut mine and where to go for more advice.

 3.38 PM 21 February, 2014

New dates for Get Moving

New dates have been set for CFA's Get Moving Challenge, with the pilot physical activity challenge for members now set to start on 24 March, one month later than originally planned due to the busy fire season. 

 1.14 PM 21 February, 2014

Mine fires update - 17/2/14

Hazelwood mine fire: Deputy Regional Controller Andrew Zammit said firefighters have regained some lost ground at the Hazelwood open cut coal mine after winds fanned the blaze and increased fire activity on Saturday night.

 4.35 PM 17 February, 2014

Shift length: is less more?

Are shorter, more frequent shifts for firefighters and incident managers a better alternative to regular day and night shift roster?

 10.51 AM 17 February, 2014

Significant smoke across Victoria

Victorians are being reminded not to call Triple Zero (000) if they see smoke unless they can see flames or a single column of smoke going into the air.

 6.30 PM 11 February, 2014

HeadsUP online tool available now

CFA members now have easy access to mental health advice at any time of the day or night thanks to a new online tool that can be accessed from any internet-enabled mobile or computer.

 3.16 PM 31 January, 2014

Get Moving Challenge

CFA members are urged to pull on their walking shoes for a new 12-week competition which challenges members to aim for 10,000 steps each day, while shedding a few kilos at the same time.

 5.03 PM 29 January, 2014

You can help with sleep study

Bushfire CRC PhD student Grace Vincent from Deakin University is recruiting firefighters from across Australia to help gather important data on firefighters and sleep during multi-day deployments.

 10.20 AM 29 January, 2014

New signs could save lives

Emergency Services Safer Areas (ESSAs), a term used by VicRoads along the Hume Freeway, has been adopted by Strathbogie Shire Council and the Upton Hill Fire Brigade to improve firefighter safety on some of the shire's roads.

 9.45 AM 28 January, 2014

Don't cook our firefighters

Senior Station Officer Adrian Devenish talks about heat stress on our hot days.

 10.06 PM 24 January, 2014

First aid at your fingertips

If your New Year’s resolution is to learn some basic First Aid, but finding the time to complete a full face to face course is difficult, an online awareness course might be a good alternative.

 2.58 PM 7 January, 2014

Hot weather prompts fire warning

Mallee residents are being urged to be fire ready tomorrow with temperatures in the mid 30’s leading to a forecast for severe fire danger.

 5.05 PM 18 November, 2013

Latest on Member Assistance Program

By now you would have received information about CFA’s new Member Assistance Program (MAP).  If you have not yet received a Manage your mental health card with the new MAP contact details please contact Organisational Wellbeing on 9262 8836.

 3.29 PM 8 November, 2013

Do-it-yourself for men's health

All across Victoria there are CFA members who are also active in their local Men’s Shed. And no wonder: both organisations are the ideal fit for know-how can-do men.

 3.49 PM 7 November, 2013

Peer talks looking after yourself

Diamond Creek member Neville Goddard has been operational for almost 30 years; the ideal qualification for being the Peer Coordinator in District 14.

 4.36 PM 4 November, 2013

Go Home on Time Day 2013

Are you a slave to your smartphone?Do you struggle to juggle work demands with the school run?Are you stressed about working more or less hours than you want to?The fact is, a poor work/life balance has a direct impact on your health, relationships and workplace.

 4.05 PM 4 November, 2013

Firefighters needed for sleep study

Bushfire CRC PhD student Grace Vincent from Deakin University is recruiting 50 firefighters from across Australia to help gather important data on firefighters and sleep during multi-day deployments.

 3.31 PM 8 October, 2013

Life, Death and Mistakes on SBS

The documentary Life, Death and Mistakes looks at human fallibility and its dire consequences - in medicine but also in the fire service.

 10.38 AM 24 September, 2013

Promoting men's health

Men’s health is an important issue for CFA - an organisation made up of 73 per cent men - and we’ve been working with leaders in the field to promote it among our members.

 2.31 PM 17 September, 2013

CEO: Firefighter Advisory Service

The State Government today announced a centralised Firefighter Advisory Service, following their announcement last week of the Firefighters Assessment Panel to help manage and assess career and volunteer firefighter cancer-related claims.

 4.15 PM 27 August, 2013

Firefighters Assessment Panel

The Victorian Government has announced the formation of the Firefighters Assessment Panel to assist in the management and assessment of career and volunteer firefighter cancer related claims.

 2.55 PM 27 August, 2013

RUOK Day 2013 - article 4

In our recent series of RUOK Day articles,Article 1, Article 2 & Article 3 we’ve been looking at the steps of asking RUOK? The RUOK Day initiative is dedicated to encouraging conversations to prevent suicide. So what should you do if you think a person is considering suicide? The RUOK Day website provides the following guidelines.

 9.35 AM 27 August, 2013

RUOK Day 2013 - article 2

You don’t have to be an expert to support someone going through a tough time. You just need to be able to listen to their concerns without judgment and take the time to follow up with them. See the other article RUOK Day - article 1

 4.47 PM 13 August, 2013

Assessing toxic emissions

What is in the smoke of bushfires at the rural/urban interface? Research by the Bushfire CRC is assisting fire agencies gain a better understanding of potentially toxic emissions and their exposure concentrations at these types of fires.

 11.26 AM 1 August, 2013

CFA Disability Action Plan

One in five Australians lives with a disability at any particular time and this is increasing with our ageing population. 

 10.52 AM 18 July, 2013

New member assistance program

The CFA member assistance program is now available 24 hours a day and has a new phone number – 1300 795 711.

 1.38 PM 1 July, 2013

Fighting fire without fire

The Bushfire CRC's Fire Note 111, Awake, smoky and hot - fighting fire without fire, outlines the research simulation developed to discover more about the combined effects of smoke exposure, high temperatures and sleep deprivation on firefighters.

 11.11 AM 27 June, 2013

CFA acts on early test results - Q&A

As a result of work implementing the recommendations of the Professor Joy Report, CFA was advised in February 2013 that fish caught and tested from Lake Fiskville contained PFOS (Perfluorooctane Sulfonate). 

 2.31 PM 23 May, 2013

Learning from brigades' support

The Communities and Communication survey conducted in 2012 revealed that brigades want to hear more from other brigades about what they do well and what they’ve learnt.

 1.59 PM 19 April, 2013

CFA keeps watch on members' health

A program designed to monitor the health of CFA members has exceeded expectations, saving at least one life and helping establish the largest volunteer health database in the world.

 12.09 PM 9 April, 2013

Research needs you

Research teams in Victoria and South Australia are working with the CFA to better understand the impacts of working in hot and smoky conditions with little sleep. 

 12.24 PM 20 March, 2013

PTSD Coach

In 2012 Organisational Wellbeing released articles on a range of mental health topics. The article on PTSD was the most visited article in the series.

 9.01 AM 20 March, 2013

Walk in someone else's shoes

Fight Free February is an initiative to find alternative ways to resolve conflict. CFA’s Organisational Wellbeing team is getting behind the cause and sharing tips with CFA members.

 7.08 AM 21 February, 2013

D2 February Operations Report

District 2 Operations Report by OM Mark Gilmore

 5.50 PM 20 February, 2013

Disability Action Plan Forum

Disability is part of human diversity. One in five Australians has one or more disabilities and this proportion is increasing with the ageing of the population.

 12.06 PM 14 February, 2013

Managing Conflict with Children

As part of Fight Free February, an initiative to find alternative ways to resolve conflict, CFA’s Orgainsational Wellbeing team is getting behind the cause and sharing tips with CFA members.In addition to the regular tips and advice shared here, CFA members can go to and register their email address to receive daily conflict tips.

 10.29 AM 9 February, 2013

CFA @ Warrnambool Champs

It’s that time of year again when everyone gears up for the annual VFBV Championships.

 4.50 PM 8 February, 2013

Fight Free February Tip

Sometimes all the strategies and tools in the kit feel like they're just too far away in the heat of the moment.

 8.46 AM 6 February, 2013

Fight Free February

CFA is again getting behind and promoting Fight Free February.What is Fight Free February?Fight Free February (FFF) was initiated by Jane Libbis of Bayside Collaborative in 2011 with the first of what is now an annual campaign. Jane’s motivation was a desire to see all people become better equipped to deal with (and negotiate) difficult events.

 7.27 AM 6 February, 2013

Black Saturday 4th anniversary

In the first quarter of each year, we traditionally see an increase in demand for Welfare Services by CFA members and their families.

 9.55 AM 3 February, 2013

Smoke haze alert for Melbourne

Fire services advise that recent fire activity in the Gippsland region has generated large amounts of smoke which may be visible across most of Melbourne.

 10.22 AM 20 January, 2013

Smoke Alert for South West Victoria

Department of Sustainability and Environment and CFA advises that fire activity in the far South West of Victoria is generating large amounts of smoke which may be visible in other areas of South Western Victoria.

 11.23 AM 11 January, 2013

PPC development project

As part of its commitment to a full review of current bushfire garments, CFA is taking part in the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Bushfire PPC Development project.

 2.36 PM 7 January, 2013

Don't wait until it's too late

Tomorrow is a day of Total Fire Ban across Victoria and knowing when to leave on a severe and extreme fire danger day could prove a life-saving decision, according to Victoria’s fire services.

 4.23 PM 3 January, 2013

Mental preparation for fire season


 2.28 PM 28 December, 2012

Illegal fire crackers pose risk

Victoria’s fire services are warning the community about the dangers of illegal fireworks ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations on Monday.

 1.07 PM 28 December, 2012

Christmas campfire safety warning

Campers and day-trippers this Christmas period are being warned that unattended campfires can quickly turn into bushfires.

 11.10 AM 21 December, 2012

Monash to conduct FV cancer study

One of Australia’s most respected cancer research institutions, Monash School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, has agreed to investigate the cancer incidence and all causes of mortality among Fiskville trainers and instructors.

 2.55 PM 30 November, 2012

Report Card into Mental Health

A Contributing Life: the 2012 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, is the independent Commission’s (NMHC) inaugural annual report card and is a world first of its kind.

 2.50 PM 28 November, 2012

Hot weather prompts warning

With temperatures expected to reach the 40s in some parts of the state tomorrow, CFA is warning the community, particularly farmers, about the extreme fire risk to the north-west parts of Victoria.

 2.43 PM 28 November, 2012

National Firefighters’ Health Study

The Australian fire services are running a health study involving current and former career and volunteer firefighters from across the country, supported by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council.

 12.47 PM 28 November, 2012

CFA welcomes Worksafe review

CFA has welcomed an internal Worksafe investigation into the safety authority's examination of occupational health and safety systems at CFA Training College - Fiskville.

 3.59 PM 23 November, 2012

Male Health – what’s going on - 3

A variety of topics were presented at the Male Health Victoria (‘MHV’) Gathering this month. These will be communicated in separate articles. See Article 1 and Article 2

 2.51 PM 23 November, 2012

Male Health – what’s going on - 2

As a representative of CFA, I attended the inaugural Male Health Victoria (‘MHV’) Gathering this month which coincided with International Men’s Day on the 19th November 2012. A variety of topics were presented at the Gathering. Some have already been communicated in Article 1 Male Health Victoria Gathering

 1.35 PM 23 November, 2012

Male Health – what’s going on 1

As a representative of CFA, I attended the inaugural Male Health Victoria (‘MHV’) Gathering this month which coincided with International Men’s Day on the 19th November 2012. The patron of MHV is Professor David de Kretser AC who is the former patron of CFA and Governor of Victoria.

 1.06 PM 23 November, 2012

Research findings-hot off the press

CFA members are highly committed to the wellbeing of their fellow members.

 12.31 PM 21 November, 2012

Positive meanings

Positive meaning from difficult situationsResearch is being conducted by La Trobe University student Lisa Ritchie about the creation of meaning amid challenging circumstances and CFA members are invited to participate in the research and share their experiences. The research closes on Friday 21st December 2012.

 11.56 AM 21 November, 2012

Family violence after disaster

Women’s Health Goulburn North East has created a checklist to keep women and children safe after natural disasters.

 5.41 PM 20 November, 2012

Bendigo and Loddon health screening

The Bendigo Loddon Primary Care Partnership, Sexual Health Task Group, will launch its Sexual and Reproductive Health Screening Awareness Campaign this month, beginning with the promotion of prostate cancer testing in line with the national promotion of Movember (

 2.20 PM 20 November, 2012

Growing Gorgeous Boys into Good Men

CFA has joined the Male Health Victoria network recently

 3.44 PM 16 November, 2012

2012 Global Corporate Challenge

2012 saw CFA participate in the Global Corporate Challenge for the first time with 17 teams across the network competing in the active challenge.

 4.16 PM 13 November, 2012

Go Home On Time Day coming soon

Organisational Wellbeing is always looking for opportunities to support the wellbeing of our members. And that’s why we’re promoting Go Home On Time Day in 2012.

 3.57 PM 12 November, 2012

Join fireground health study

Volunteer and career firefighters are invited to sign up for a Bushfire CRC-funded national health study.

 11.25 AM 12 November, 2012

Welfare to Wellbeing

Welfare to wellbeing…why the transition?

 10.46 PM 2 November, 2012

Rushworth prepares for fire season

Rushworth Fire Brigade has begun its pre-fire season training program in earnest, with a deliberate shift in emphasis from town-based operations to grass and scrub fire-suppression.

 7.54 PM 24 October, 2012