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Let there be light

You may have noticed some changes as you approach Doreen Fire Station along Yan Yean Road.

 4.04 PM 4 March, 2018

CFA to commission two 'POD' trucks

CFA has commissioned two new vehicles to join the fleet, increasing technical rescue capability in regional Victoria. 

 12.13 PM 2 March, 2018

Build starts on new fire station for Portarlington

Member of Parliament for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, today turned the first sod of dirt for the building of the new fire station for Portarlington. 

 10.57 AM 19 February, 2018

Mansfield extension and facelift

Mansfield Fire Station is keeping up with the times and the demands of its local community, with a major renovation due to be completed by February 2018.

 8.58 AM 8 January, 2018

Bombers on the move in Victoria’s north-west

Last week (13 December) CFA Air Operations in North West Region relocated fixed wing bombers 352 and 353.

 8.31 AM 26 December, 2017

New pumper arrives at Lucas

The first of CFA’s third-generation heavy pumper 2017 has been delivered to the newly-established Lucas Fire Brigade. 

 2.15 PM 7 December, 2017

Prototype sand tanker on trial

CFA has produced a prototype sand tanker, which was developed after consultation with stakeholders, and a further five are planned this financial year.

 7.55 AM 7 December, 2017

Maiden Gully community welcomes a pumper

While the handover of a fire truck is a pretty good day for any community, Sunday 26 November was something special in Maiden Gully.

 8.15 PM 3 December, 2017

Preserving fire services history

Members of CFA and the broader community interested in restoring old firefighting equipment and trucks are welcome to join the Central Victorian Fire Services Preservation Society (CVFSPS).

 11.04 AM 30 August, 2017

New heavy pumpers in the making

CFA is growing its fire truck fleet, building 12 new heavy pumpers at at Bell Fire Rescue’s factory in Queensland. 

 11.23 AM 15 August, 2017

Wattle Glen’s major extension

In the summer of 1943-44 a railway work-gang was boiling the billy at Wattle Glen.

 12.46 PM 25 July, 2017

Video conferencing expansion

CFA members will soon be able to say goodbye to long and sometimes dangerous drives to meetings thanks to improvements in CFA's video conferencing capabilities.

 2.00 PM 14 July, 2017

New fire stations for Wyndham

Melbourne’s fast growing outer west will receive new fire stations thanks to a state government announcement made earlier this morning.

 1.03 PM 14 July, 2017

Fiskville decommissioning works to begin

Following the closure of CFA’s Fiskville Training Campus in 2015, CFA is set to start the decommissioning works within two weeks.

 11.14 AM 7 July, 2017

Firefighting ultra-heavy tanker test

A New South Wales Rural Fire Service 9000-litre heavy tanker with firefighting capacity was trialled south of the border, with great success, last summer.

 1.28 PM 8 June, 2017

Coimadai cements its future

Coimadai Fire Brigade members have kept alive a fine tradition by once again building their own fire station.

 10.01 AM 17 March, 2017

Works underway at Wattle Glen

A sod-turning ceremony on Wednesday, 1 March, has marked the start of construction on the Wattle Glen Fire Station extension.

 12.33 PM 2 March, 2017

Trentham FB thanks Lyonville community

Thank you to the Lyonville community.

 10.03 AM 26 February, 2017

Maiden Gully’s Towards 2025 Project

In 2015, Maiden Gully Fire Brigade reviewed the infrastructure needed to adequately support its community into the future.

 10.22 AM 17 February, 2017

The original firebomber

Victorian pilot Keith Davidson’s life in the air and on the air base is pioneering stuff.

 4.31 PM 15 February, 2017

Dromana hits $300,000 in Ritchies donations

Dromana Fire Brigade recently notched up more than $300,000 in donations via the Ritchies Community Benefit Program – making it the highest individual CFA brigade recipient of the local community fundraising program.

 2.41 PM 15 February, 2017

Ash Wednesday Bushfire Education Centre, Cockatoo

Built in 1977 by Cardinia Shire Council, the building at 2 McBride Street, Cockatoo was a Kindergarten until 2005.

 9.06 AM 14 February, 2017

Rock till you drop at Lyonville Fireman's Ball

      EVENT CLOSED   TONIGHT 25/02/2017 Let the good times roll at the Trentham CFA Lyonville Fire Truck Fund-Raiser

 12.02 PM 12 February, 2017

Huntly Fire Station's native garden

Huntly Fire Brigade, in partnership with Bendigo Northern District Community Enterprise and the local Landcare group, has created a fire resistant garden at the front of the new fire station.

 10.52 AM 8 February, 2017

Casey Group’s concept FCV

Casey Group of brigades has developed a new-style FCV with an enhanced radio capability of seven radios.

 11.42 AM 7 February, 2017

Macedon goes automatic

Shortly after Ash Wednesday, the Macedon community rallied to raise funds for the town’s first brigade-owned vehicle. Not only was it brigade owned. It was brigade built.

 5.00 PM 17 January, 2017

Tankers with wings

“They are just tankers with wings.” CFA aviation officer Wayne Rigg is walking across Avalon Airport’s apron pointing to RJ and Hercules. 

 11.01 AM 6 January, 2017

Brigade gains new trailer through grant

Cosgrove & Pine Lodge Fire Brigade will soon be more versatile when attending incidents thanks to a new trailer-mounted quick-fill pump. 

 3.24 PM 28 December, 2016

The Basin's flashy Christmas show

CFA’s The Basin Fire Brigade are well and truly embracing the Christmas spirit, creating a festive film featuring flashy fire trucks, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times.

 3.17 PM 19 December, 2016

Air fleet ready to help protect the Wimmera

Victoria's firefighting aircraft fleet is getting ready for the 2016-17 fire season with planes and helicopters now being sent to regional bases across the state.

 11.03 AM 29 November, 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

Eltham Fire Station officially open for business

Last Saturday saw the official opening of the Eltham Fire Station, a process which has been 90 years in the making for the Eltham Brigade.

 2.24 PM 21 November, 2016

Portland Fire Station official opening

Gayle Tierney MLC member for Western Victoria officially opened the new Portland Fire Station on Sunday 20 November. Guests included CFA Board Member Timothy Young, Acting ACO for South West Region Rohan Luke and District 4 Operations Manager Peter Novotny.

 10.22 AM 21 November, 2016

Fire investigators visit NZ Training Centre

CFA fire investigators travelled to the New Zealand Fire Service National Training Centre in Rotorua last month to inspect the training facilities and learn from New Zealand’s experience.  

 9.16 AM 15 November, 2016

Generous donation for Wareek & Bung Bong Fire Brigade

Wareek & Bung Bong Fire Brigade has secured a second tanker thanks to a generous donation from a family who suffered a heartbreaking loss during Black Saturday.

 12.03 PM 3 October, 2016

Battery-operated rescue tools power brigade

Apollo Bay is set to become the first CFA brigade in the state to carry a permanent set of battery-operated tools for vehicle rescue after being awarded a Victorian Government grant. 

 11.53 AM 27 September, 2016

New fire truck makes Rowville safer

Rowville and surrounding communities will be safer thanks to the delivery of a state of the art fire truck to Rowville Fire Brigade.

 5.48 PM 9 September, 2016

Brigades benefit from $200,000 water boost

Blocked hose nozzles, an unusable toilet and almost draining a town’s water supply are all in the past for some of the brigades benefitting from a generous donation by water tank manufacturer, Kingspan Water.

 3.00 PM 31 August, 2016

VESEP grants – be ahead of the game

Brigades are being encouraged to start thinking and preparing now for any vehicle, equipment and building grant submissions they were thinking to put in through the Victorian Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), and to get the right support and advice from district staff.

 3.21 PM 26 August, 2016

‘We need YOU’: BA project trials in Wangaratta

CFA is calling on volunteers in the north of the state and beyond to take part in trialling breathing apparatus sets to be potentially used across the emergency services sector into the future.

 2.36 PM 26 August, 2016

First medium pumpers off production lines

The first batch of next generation medium pumpers is one step closer to getting on the road, with four of the 12 new pumpers handed over to district mechanical workshops.

 4.46 PM 25 August, 2016

Casey Group lays hose under pressure

On Sunday 24 July, brigades in Casey Group (District 8) participated in a relay pumping practical exercise based at the Monash University Berwick campus flowing into the car park of the Nossal High School.

 7.11 PM 14 August, 2016

Sebastopol LPG flare-off unit back on the road

While attending a callout to assist the Linton Fire Brigade in the early hours of an April morning, the Sebastopol Fire Brigade's Hilux ute was involved in a traffic accident and severely damaged, along with some of the flare-off equipment.

 6.26 PM 10 August, 2016

A great day at Corinella

Under grey skies the members of the Corinella Fire Brigade and the local community gathered at Corinella Fire Station to celebrate a significant milestone in the brigade’s history.

 2.11 PM 4 August, 2016

South Warrandyte firefighters on the move

South Warrandyte Fire Brigade firefighters will start their first shift at a brand new fire station in Park Orchards today (Friday, 22 July).

 5.09 PM 22 July, 2016

Progress continues at regional training centres

The assessment and environmental improvement program to upgrade water management and improve water treatment which is currently underway at CFA’s regional training campuses has achieved an important environmental milestone.

 3.47 PM 11 July, 2016

Technical large animal rescue at Macclesfield

Macclesfield Fire brigade recently benefited from a donation from bulk haulage company Kalari, which will go towards buying equipment to increase the brigade’s ability with technical large animal rescue.

 2.11 PM 5 July, 2016

Multiple brigades rein in Seaford factory fire

More than 40 firefighters and 12 appliances made short work of a factory fire that threatened a Seaford industrial area on Friday.

 6.17 PM 11 June, 2016

Mooroolbark station renovation underway

CFA’s Mooroolbark Fire Station will be transformed into a bigger and more modern building, thanks to more than $286,000 in community donations.

 12.13 PM 9 June, 2016

Breathing Apparatus tender update

CFA and MFB, in conjunction with Victoria Police, Corrections Victoria and Ambulance Victoria, have closed the tender and commenced evaluation for new breathing apparatus sets.  

 5.33 PM 8 June, 2016

Quick response to Seymour East school fire

It was a case of right place, right time for CFA brigades and personnel yesterday (29 May) when a fire broke out at the site of the former Seymour East Primary School.

 11.28 AM 30 May, 2016

New French Island station opens

CFA has officially opened a new station for one of its most isolated brigades.

 1.40 PM 23 May, 2016

Wyndham Vale Fire Brigade receive keys to FCV

Wyndham Vale Fire Brigade was thrilled to officially receive the keys to their new Field Command Vehicle (FCV) on Sunday, 10 April 2016.

 3.02 PM 11 May, 2016

Hose testing trailer for Peninsula Group

Peninsula Group has put into service a new hose testing trailer that allows all brigades in the group access to test hoses to the required standard without the need to connect to a fire appliance and improves safety for all firefighters.

 9.49 AM 3 May, 2016

Walmer's new station

Walmer Fire Brigade members celebrated the opening of their new station on Saturday 2 April. Around 75 people witnessed the opening including members of the brigade, local politicians and the community. 

 2.11 PM 29 April, 2016

Firefighting saw improves roof access

A world-first firefighting pole saw developed by Bendigo fire brigade is well on the way to finding a home on CFA’s Bronto ladder platform fleet.

 12.45 PM 26 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

New station for Pakenham Upper

Firefighters were sad to farewell their 70-year-old fire station in Bourkes Creek Road, Pakenham Upper, but quick to welcome the new $500.000 replacement at the official opening of the Pakenham Upper Fire Station on Sunday.

 3.54 PM 11 April, 2016

Warrnambool & Portland stations off and running

Two new fire stations in Victoria’s South West became operational today (1 April) as firefighters at Warrnambool and Portland brigades started turning out to incidents for the first time from their new locations. 

 2.37 PM 1 April, 2016

Get set for the Urban Championships

Brigades from across Victoria and beyond will converge on Mildura this weekend for the 133rd Senior State Urban Fire Brigade Championships. 

 4.14 PM 8 March, 2016

What is a Duraline hose?

The correct name for the rubber covered hose that is commonly referred to as Duraline is extruded hose.

 12.10 PM 12 February, 2016

‘Toilet trailer’ a vital amenity

A new trailer based at CFA’s District 24 has been purpose-built to rapidly transport toilets, rubbish bins and hand-washing facilities to firefighter staging areas. 

 2.18 PM 3 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

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

Smythesdale FCV Handover 15th December 2015

On the 15th December, 2015, Geoff Howard MLA of Buninyong and Brett Boatman, District 15 Operations Manager joined Smythesdale Fire Brigade members at the Smythesdale Fire Station. 

 3.15 PM 15 January, 2016

Firefighters’ Memorial update

Work to identify a new location for the CFA Firefighters’ Memorial is well underway.

 11.06 AM 22 December, 2015

Thinking of modifying your fire station?

For those brigades thinking about an extension, a new shed or upgrading their amenities, CFA is introducing a new process to help brigades scope and cost their proposals, at no cost to the brigade. 

 9.19 AM 15 December, 2015

Millgrove fire refuge opens for summer

The Millgrove community fire refuge has been officially opened and is available for use this summer.

 1.21 PM 14 December, 2015

Woori Yallock ICC Weather Station Network

Methven Real Estate in Mount Evelyn are the first to get involved with a new weather station project for the Woori Yallock Incident Control Centre.

 11.41 AM 14 December, 2015

Bendigo Bank steps up again

Once again the Woori Yallock & District Community Bank has got on board and given funding to Hoddles Creek Fire Brigade. 

 10.35 AM 14 December, 2015

Specialist firefighting aircraft take to the skies

Victoria’s air defence against bushfires has been boosted with the arrival of two of the world’s biggest firefighting aircraft.

 9.11 AM 2 December, 2015

Hybrid big fill-light tanker for Narre Warren East

Narre Warren East Fire Brigade has commissioned a brand new big fill/light tanker hybrid appliance, the first of its type in the CFA fleet.

 2.47 PM 11 November, 2015

Welcome to Country for station openings

From the beginning of 2016, all fire station openings will include a ‘Welcome to Country’ address to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land.

 9.32 AM 9 November, 2015

Eynesbury Fire Station official opening

Eynesbury Fire Station was officially opened by Don Nardella MLA, Member for Melton on Sunday, 10 October 2015. 

 5.47 PM 29 October, 2015

BA replacement project enters the next phase

The Respiratory Protection Replacement Project (RPRP) will soon be replacing self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) systems at CFA, MFB, Ambulance Victoria, Victoria Police and other state government agencies, including Corrections Victoria.

 3.24 PM 26 October, 2015

Wonthaggi Open Day

Over 300 people visited Wonthaggi Fire Brigade Sunday 25 October.

 8.54 AM 26 October, 2015

Victoria's largest fire station opens

CFA’s busiest fire station is officially opening its new home in Dandenong which is now the biggest fire station in Victoria.

 2.10 PM 10 October, 2015

Vite Vite gets a new tanker

On Sunday 20 September, Vite Vite Fire Brigade celebrated the official handover of a 3.4D tanker.

 2.21 PM 28 September, 2015

Coast Guard news

News from four Coast Guard brigades around Victoria.

 4.18 PM 7 September, 2015

Emergency Management Commissioner joins CFA Q&A

Members will have their chance to quiz Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley, when he takes part in a Q&A session at CFA Headquarters.

 10.14 AM 7 September, 2015

Emergency training hots up in Sunraysia

Emergency services volunteers from across the north west will now have better access to practical training with the opening of a new training campus in Mildura.

 5.17 PM 28 August, 2015

Community Hub opens at Barwon Downs

On Sunday 16 August 2015 CFA members, Tennis Club members and the Community of Barwon Downs celebrated the official opening of their new community hub extension. Over 80 people attended the event.

 10.38 AM 20 August, 2015

Have your say on a new Firefighters' Memorial

CFA members can have their say on a new Firefighters' Memorial, with an online survey now open.

 11.05 AM 18 August, 2015

New Romsey Fire Station opens

Romsey Fire Brigade members past and present were joined by the Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, Cr Ian Ellis (Macedon Ranges Shire Council), CFA Board Member Michael Tudball AFSM, Chief Officer Euan Ferguson AFSM and Ops Officer Andrew Waterson to officially open their new fire station on Friday 24 July 2015.

 3.57 PM 14 August, 2015

New digital scanner selected

A new digital scanner has been selected to replace existing listening sets at CFA brigades, with an order now placed with the supplier. 

 5.22 PM 5 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

New beginnings for Woosang brigade

It was a cold winter's day, but locally-made hot soup and food warmed up those who attended the opening of the new Woosang Brigade Fire Station.

 2.10 PM 24 July, 2015

Radio communication improves as blackspots removed

Relying on transportable repeaters to cover local command channel radio communication blackspots has all but been alleviated with the last of 78 new transmitters now completed at Mt Tara, near Buchan, in District 11.

 10.44 AM 20 July, 2015

Mosquito Creek celebrates

On Sunday 12 July, on a drizzly wet day, Mosquito Creek Fire Brigade shone brightly with reason to celebrate.

 11.59 AM 16 July, 2015

Malmsbury pre-planning for new justice centre

Malmsbury Fire Brigade has been busy planning for the opening of the new Youth Justice Facility at Malmsbury.

 11.41 AM 16 July, 2015

Alpine vehicle a light touch on snow

A prototype alpine vehicle has made the most of a fresh blanket of snow at Mt Buller to complete a final successful test run on the ski slopes.

 4.25 PM 9 July, 2015

Tanker finds a new home

On Sunday 5 July the preloved 2.4C tanker was cascaded to Glendaruel – Mt Beckworth from Ballarat Fire Brigade. 

 1.20 PM 6 July, 2015

Brigades helping brigades

What’s the Rural Metro Brigade Partnership?

 5.43 PM 29 June, 2015

Mobile black spot base station locations

The Victorian locations that will benefit from 110 new or upgraded mobile base stations in Round 1 of a government programme were announced today.

 5.50 PM 25 June, 2015

Edenhope officially opens new joint facility

CFA Chairperson and SES Board Member Claire Higgins officially opened a new joint facility in Edenhope which provides a 5 bay Motor Room, 6 car parking spaces, toilet and rain water harvesting facilities.

 12.53 PM 24 June, 2015

Edenhope Fire Brigade gets keys to new tanker

The Edenhope Fire Brigade has been handed the keys to a brand new CFA Tanker.

 12.40 PM 24 June, 2015

Station sod turn marks new era for Warrandyte Sth

With the moving of a frontend loader’s bucketful of dirt, a new chapter in the 58-year history of the South Warrandyte Fire Brigade was written.

 2.41 PM 18 June, 2015

Cardinia Group Burns Management

On the evening of Wednesday 17 June, Pakenham Fire Station hosted a unique burns management training session with an integrated multi-agency focus.

 2.51 AM 18 June, 2015

Woolworths raises funds for brigades

CFA brigades in Victoria’s North will receive new cooling equipment, communications gear, portable lighting systems and other items courtesy of fundraising by Woolworths.

 4.47 PM 12 June, 2015

Border no barrier to camera contribution

Local employer Rivalea may be on the New South Wales side of the border, but they had no hesitation in making a generous contribution for a potentially life-saving piece of equipment for Wahgunyah Fire Brigade.

 10.50 AM 4 June, 2015

New Radio tower erected for District 4

On 29 April a new radio tower was erected at the joint offices of CFA District 4 and DELWP at Casterton.

 12.17 PM 1 June, 2015

Smythesdale FB Opening and Medal Presentation

On Sunday 26 April, Smythesdale Fire Brigade members, Minister of Emergency Services Jane Garrett, Local Member Geoff Howard, CFA Board Member Michael Tudball, CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson, Mayor of the Golden Plains Shire and Grenville Group Officer Des Phelan and President of the VFBV Hans Van Hamond all gathered at Scarsdale where Smythesdale has its satellite station.

 3.01 PM 28 May, 2015

Plans on show for new Sth Warrandyte station

CFA is inviting the local community to drop by the Park Orchards Farmers Market to look over the building plans and also have the opportunity to talk with firefighters.

 11.46 AM 22 May, 2015

Building maintenance requests go online

The process for building maintenance requests has been streamlined with the introduction of a new online booking system developed by Land and Building Services that went live today.

 1.36 PM 11 May, 2015

State budget invests in a safer Victoria

Victoria will be better protected from fire and other emergencies thanks to a range of new budget allocations to CFA in this week’s State Budget.  

 3.30 PM 8 May, 2015

Medium tanker for Millbrook Fire Brigade

Members of the Millbrook Fire Brigade, both old and young, were on hand on Sunday 3 May to welcome their new medium tanker.

 12.49 PM 8 May, 2015

Thermal Imaging camera for Bacchus Marsh

Bacchus Marsh Fire Brigade has received a thermal imaging camera (TIC) as a result of State Government funding to have a TIC in all municipalities of Victoria.

 12.07 PM 8 May, 2015

Prototype heavy tanker updated roadshow schedule

CFA’s prototype heavy tanker has been travelling around the state so that firefighters have the opportunity to give feedback.

 12.27 PM 4 May, 2015

District 4 station openings

It’s been a busy couple of weekends in District 4 recently with three new stations officially opened, more than 1,300 years of service recognised and three national medals presented.

 12.48 PM 20 April, 2015

Handover for Hunter-Diggora, Kamarooka

Hunter-Diggora and Kamarooka brigades officially celebrated the handover of their new state-of-the-art Hino 2.4C 500 series crew cab tankers on 30 March.

 2.48 PM 1 April, 2015

Maldon's Come Along Evening

Maldon Group hosted its first Come Along Evening on 25 March to introduce firefighters to District specialist equipment.

 1.19 PM 1 April, 2015

Prototype heavy tanker on tour

CFA’s prototype heavy tanker is now travelling around the state so that firefighters have the opportunity to give feedback.

 10.22 AM 25 March, 2015

VESEP 2015-16 opens

In recognition of the significant contribution made by emergency services volunteers the Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett MLA has opened the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program 2015-16 today.

 7.32 AM 17 March, 2015

Commitment to build new station at Edithvale

The Minister for Emergency Services, Hon. Jane Garrett MP, visited Edithvale Fire Brigade on Tuesday 10 March to receive a personal briefing on the progress towards realising the government's commitment of $2.5 million for a new fire station for the brigade

 10.45 PM 11 March, 2015

A win-win for CFA and Hesket Kerrie Brigade

In 2013, a fire in hilly and heavily-treed terrain around Kerrie saw the slip-on become the appliance of choice with its ability to manoeuvre and cope with steep slopes.

 5.27 PM 6 March, 2015

Prototype heavy tanker goes on tour

CFA’s prototype heavy tanker is undertaking a statewide road show, starting at the Champs in Bendigo this weekend, so that firefighters have the opportunity to give feedback.  For a list of road show venues and times, click here.  

 10.31 AM 5 March, 2015

New tanker for Talbot

Talbot Fire Brigade’s 1986 Hino 3.4 tanker has been upgraded, having served Talbot for 28 years, and had been decommissioned in November 2014. 

 4.06 PM 2 March, 2015

Rutherglen brigade, Lions stunned by local support

The Rutherglen Lions Club has helped Rutherglen Fire Brigade to raise $50,000 towards the cost of a second tanker and is joining the brigade to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to local residents and businesses.

 2.07 PM 19 February, 2015

MFPO Update - Greater Bendigo

In recent weeks City of Greater Bendigo’s Compliance Officer has been inspecting properties that have recently had structures built in accordance with a BOM and were subject to a planning permit.

 4.42 PM 16 February, 2015

Thumbs up for alpine vehicle at Ancona

A new alpine vehicle being trialled by CFA has had its first run at a large incident during the Ancona bushfire.

 7.33 PM 12 February, 2015

Statewide funding initiatives

Under the Statewide Initiatives component of the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) funding is allocated, in consultation with the VFBV, to assist brigades/groups by providing equipment and amenities. 

 1.47 PM 12 February, 2015

Compressed Air Foam trucks on display

A new tanker capable of delivering thousands of litres of compressed air foam has made its public debut in the Latrobe Valley today (Friday, 6 February).

 2.22 PM 6 February, 2015

Members manning portable weather stations

A Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) initiative 10 years ago to gather more accurate weather readings close to going fires has led to the strategic long-term placement of three portable automatic weather stations (PAWS) with fire brigades in Hazelwood North, Wangaratta Northand Horsham, and two with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) at Altona.

 2.52 PM 30 January, 2015

Changes to appliance fleet at Riddells Creek

Riddells Creek Fire Brigade is the proud owner of three new firefighting vehicles following a number of changes to its fleet of fire trucks over the last few months.

 4.06 PM 16 January, 2015

Fire Boss ready to scoop

A new Fire Boss fixed-wing plane stationed at Albury is ready to function as a fully-fledged ‘scooping’ aircraft after being fitted with specialised floats allowing it to land on a body of water.

 10.31 AM 16 January, 2015

Fortuna Group Powers Up

Fortuna Group are celebrating the arrival of a new 30KVA generator. The generator will operate as a backup power supply to the Adams Street LCF/Level 2 ICC.

 12.16 PM 14 January, 2015

CFA visits the new Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre

The District 2 Operations Support Team recently enjoyed a guided tour of the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre development project, led by Tony Stephens and Darren Burren from Malmsbury FB.  

 11.57 AM 14 January, 2015

Medium pumper prototype hits the road

The prototype of the next generation medium pumper is visiting every district in the state until the end of March so that CFA members can give valuable feedback.

 1.25 PM 31 December, 2014

Belgrave Heights' unique tanker

Belgrave Heights and South Fire Brigade has commissioned a brand new ultra-light tanker – the first of its type in the CFA fleet. 

 4.35 PM 18 December, 2014

Launch of the Little River bulk water tanker

On Saturday 6th December, Terry Hedt Captain of the Little River Fire Brigade, along with his brigade members proudly launched their recently purchased 14,000 litre Bulk Water Carrier.

 3.22 PM 18 December, 2014

Firefighting airfleet ready to defend state

Two of the world’s biggest airtankers are set to form part of Victoria’s response to a summer of significant fire risk.

 2.20 PM 16 December, 2014

D2 FOV now online

Valued at over $300,000 the Field Operations Vehicle (FOV) based in Golden Square is now operational. An information sheet has been provided for all brigades.

 9.41 AM 5 December, 2014

Additional mobile props on order

CFA has signed a contract that will deliver seven additional hot fire mobile props. The purpose of mobile props is to provide volunteers located in remote areas with improved access to operational training facilities.

 3.32 PM 24 November, 2014

Better, lighter, faster

A new concept ultra-light vehicle has been delivered to Mt Buller brigade and will undergo testing and trialling during both summer and winter season. 

 2.25 PM 24 November, 2014

Morwell Group Fire Action Week Activities

As part of the state wide Fire Action Week, on Friday 21 November the Morwell Group of Fire Brigades held the annual competition to judge the best prepared and presented truck in preparation for the forthcoming fire season.

 3.04 PM 23 November, 2014

District 23 Staff practise burn over drill

Casual clothes were the preferred dress code for District 23 staff attending work on Friday 21 November, when they carried out the burn over drill.

 4.01 PM 21 November, 2014

CFA project teams' outstanding work

Team members of three major CFA infrastructure and equipment projects were congratulated this week on reaching important milestones in the development and delivery of new tankers, pumpers, the Regional Radio Dispatch Service, and the construction of new CFA fire stations.

 3.03 PM 20 November, 2014

Out and about with ACO Cook

In early November, Garry Cook, Assistant Chief Officer North East Region, took a trip in District 13 to discuss two new fire stations with local brigade members.

 11.52 AM 19 November, 2014

Light tanker for Red Cliffs

Captain Glenn Shaw and the other members of Red Cliffs Fire Brigade are delighted to welcome the first light tanker in District 18.

 4.43 PM 18 November, 2014

Governor General at Main Ridge

In glorious sunshine, His Excellency Governor Sir Peter Cosgrove Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia officially opened the new Main Ridge Fire Station.

 9.42 PM 14 November, 2014

'Can we fit?' image proves a hit

A big issue facing CFA brigades in rural areas is property access. Some gates are too small for tankers to fit through or for the trucks to turn around. Gordon Fire Brigade identified this as a problem in its area and decided to do something about it.

 1.24 PM 13 November, 2014

Kangaroo Ground & Research Fire Stations opened

District 14 Fire Brigades – Kangaroo Ground and Research; officially reopened their Fire Stations on Saturday, 18 October 2014.

 11.06 PM 22 October, 2014

Thanks Max

The Whittlesea Diamond Valley (WDV Group is part of the Country Fire Authority and, like most CFA brigades, is staffed entirely by volunteers.

 5.56 PM 11 October, 2014

Additional firefighting aircraft for summer

The Napthine Government has announced more than $7.15 million in additional funding to bolster Victoria’s aerial firefighting fleet and increase the number of aircraft for the upcoming fire season.

 11.17 AM 9 October, 2014

Another tanker for Wairewa

A happy crowd gathered at the community centre in Nowa Nowa for the handover of the keys to Wairewa's light tanker.

 5.46 PM 30 September, 2014

District 13’s newest fire truck

‘Little Pat’ the fire truck is just one of District 13’s community education resources used to attract children and in turn allow CFA members to engage their parents at community events.

 12.06 PM 26 September, 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

New multi-agency emergency hub

Fire services personnel in the Southern Metropolitan region have a new headquarters and multi-agency facility with the official opening of the $5 million CFA District 8 Headquarters and Southern Metropolitan Region Emergency Management Complex in Dandenong South.

 4.59 PM 24 September, 2014

Images from the expo

A special kind of magic happens when passionate people get together to talk shop, as captured in a series of photos from Project Expo by CFA volunteer photographer Blair Deljamin on 14 September.

 11.16 AM 23 September, 2014

Refurbished Bulla CFA station opened

A $243,000 upgrade to Bulla CFA station was yesterday officially opened, boosting emergency response capabilities in Melbourne’s outer west.

 4.09 PM 21 September, 2014

Cornishtown has a new fire station

On Sunday 14 September 2014, Bill Tilley MLA officially opened the new Cornishtown Fire Station, witnessed by over 50 members of the local community and Cornishtown brigade. 

 3.01 PM 16 September, 2014

Brigade-owned vehicle registration

In an effort to provide greater support to brigades and volunteers, CFA has developed a better system to manage the registration of brigade-owned vehicles.

 4.55 PM 15 September, 2014

New $5m fire station for Morwell

Deputy Premier and Leader of The Nationals Peter Ryan today announced the Victorian Coalition Government would invest $5 million to build a new CFA station in Morwell.

 11.12 AM 12 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

Project Expo this Sunday

More than 60 of the latest vehicles, equipment, IT platforms, programs and training resources will be on display THIS SUNDAY from 10.30am-5pm at the Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre Preston at the Emergency Services Project Expo.

 11.18 AM 9 September, 2014

Pole saw uses Bronto hydraulics

A new concept hydraulic Pole Saw has been developed by a team at Bendigo Fire Station to improve the capability of the Bronto Ladder Platform.

 10.09 AM 3 September, 2014

New field operations vehicles

Seven high-tech communications trucks worth more than $300,000 each are being deployed across the state to improve communications during major incidents and emergencies.

 9.30 AM 2 September, 2014

Mt Buninyong receives 100th tanker

SEM Fire and Rescue is proud to have produced the 100th tanker for CFA, which was handed over to Mt Buninyong brigade.

 1.57 PM 20 August, 2014

Tallangatta's new facility

Tallangatta CFA and SES members were joined by families, friends, brigade colleagues, and visiting dignitaries to savour the moment when their brand new combined headquarters building in Wagara Street was impressively declared open on Saturday, July 26th. Story by Graeme Aldrich, Tallangatta Fire Brigade. 

 12.01 PM 5 August, 2014

New Beechworth Fire Station

The old Beechworth Fire Station, one of Victoria’s oldest CFA stations to be in continuous service, is now out of service.

 12.59 PM 1 August, 2014

New digs at Eynesbury

With Operations Manager James Dullard, Operations Officer John Anderson and Deputy Mayor Sophie Ramsay watching on, Captain Jim Cooper from Eynesbury Fire Brigade, with Councillor Bob Turner, Mayor of the City of Melton, turned the first sod of the new Eynesbury Fire Station.

 10.05 PM 31 July, 2014

Grant for firefighter wellbeing

At a recent presentation, District 15 Acting Operations Manager Bernie Fradd received a cheque from the Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund (managed through Equity Trustees) for a project that will support firefighter wellbeing on the fireground.

 1.51 PM 30 July, 2014

Firey gates of Guildford

As part of renovations to Guildford Fire Station's backyard, former Captain Ray Pattle asked his members to build a safety gate. This was to help provide a safe place for brigade family activities.

 1.50 PM 29 July, 2014

New FCV for Phillip Island brigade

Phillip Island brigade recently replaced its current car, a 2010 Nissan Patrol station wagon, with a new 2014 model Toyota Landcruiser GXL twin-cab/chassis fitted with a rear gull-wing pod on the tray.

 5.17 PM 21 July, 2014

Record funding for CFA volunteers

CFA brigades will share more than $8.8 million to buy extra tools and equipment as part of today’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) announcement.

 5.10 PM 16 July, 2014

Shepparton trucks

On Sunday 22 June, operational staff from Shepparton Fire Station held an information session and practical display for brigades in District 22 as well as some from District 20 & 23.

 9.16 PM 4 July, 2014

200th Rural Station Upgrade

Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells  today marked a significant milestone for Victoria’s fire services,  officially opening the 200th CFA station upgrade at Toolern Vale brigade.

 1.25 PM 2 July, 2014

Alpine Resorts Vehicle Trial Update

Over the next 24 months CFA will be developing a trial to test and evaluate the building and implementation of a concept 'Alpine First Attack Vehicle'.

 7.13 PM 1 July, 2014

4 years, 1000 tankers

After four years and more than one thousand tankers, the Crew Protection Project retrofitted its last vehicle at Deca in Shepparton on 27 June.

 9.51 AM 1 July, 2014

Training ground sneak peek

CFA members and their family and friends are invited to take a rare glimpse into the new Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre at Craigieburn when it opens to the public for three hours on Sunday, June 29.

 4.32 PM 20 June, 2014

Thermal camera for Beechworth

A new thermal imaging camera will make it easier for Beechworth brigade members to find people in smoke-filled houses, increasing safety not only for occupants but for firefighters.

 10.29 AM 20 June, 2014

Weerite's diamond anniversary

Weerite brigade celebrated its diamond anniversary in style with a 4x4 crew cab tanker handover and the presentation of numerous CFA service awards.

 10.24 AM 10 June, 2014

Golden Beach brigade-owned tanker

Golden Beach Fire Brigade has commissioned a new $212,000 brigade-owned tanker.

 11.52 AM 5 June, 2014

CO blog: Regional Radio Dispatch

In his latest blog CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson updates members on Regional Radio Dispatch, Creating Our Future Together and a recent bushfire and community engagement research forum. 

 12.41 PM 2 June, 2014

$5.84m fire station for Rowville

A new $5.84 million CFA station to service Melbourne’s outer east has been officially opened today (Sunday 25 May) by Minister for Police and Emergency Services and  Bushfire Response Kim Wells.

 10.53 AM 26 May, 2014

Fire station opens in Yarra Valley

The capacity of the CFA in the Yarra Valley has been boosted with the opening of the new $1.56 million Hillcrest fire station and group headquarters at Woori Yallock.

 12.57 PM 25 May, 2014

Cool fireys a team effort

CFA firefighters in the state’s north-east will have access to cold drinking water while fighting fires, thanks to three local businesses which chipped in to purchase a mobile ‘cool room’ for local brigades.

 4.03 PM 23 May, 2014

Works start on $9.6m Eltham station

A new CFA station at Eltham will better support firefighters and increase community safety in Melbourne’s outer north-east, said Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells.

 1.59 PM 21 May, 2014

Historic station on market

A significant part of CFA history is up for sale, with the old Beechworth Fire Station set to go to auction on Saturday 14 June.

 11.51 AM 16 May, 2014

Curyo Fire Station a social hub

***Captain Roger Lehmann and the Curyo Fire Brigade are being profiled as part of a special series focusing on volunteers to celebrate National Volunteer Week May 12-18.

 4.51 PM 14 May, 2014

Hot nights in Mallacoota

In 2012, the Chief Officer visited the Mallacoota area and asked what was needed.  Captain Stuart Johnston said "We need a new station, a replacement truck, preferably a pumper tanker (the current tanker is over 26 years old) and a training prop."  

 10.34 AM 14 May, 2014

$64.5m for equipment upgrades

Victorian Government Media ReleaseThe Victorian Coalition Government will fund a $64.5 million upgrade to critical emergency services equipment for firefighters and the State’s Triple Zero service as part of the 2014-15 Victorian State Budget.

 5.30 PM 6 May, 2014

New fire station for Newham

Victorian Government Media ReleaseA new CFA station will increase the capacity of firefighters to protect  lives and property in Newham and surrounding areas in the Macedon Ranges.

 12.17 PM 4 May, 2014

$29M for fire trucks is good news

The CFA volunteers’ association, VFBV, says today’s announcement of $29 million and 78 new trucks for volunteer Brigades is good news for CFA volunteers.

 12.25 PM 1 May, 2014

New tankers by the truckload

An extra $17.2 million dollars from the Victorian Government in the 2014/15 budget to build dozens of new firefighting vehicles has been welcomed by CFA.

 9.39 AM 1 May, 2014

Alpine resorts trial vehicle

Over the next 24 months CFA  will be developing a trial to test and evaluate the building and implementation of a concept 'Alpine First Attack Vehicle'.

 3.58 PM 23 April, 2014

Hose Reel Study: Dead vs Live

A team working on the design of a new prototype medium pumper, now under construction, has taken a careful look at CFA research into live hose reel versus dead reel systems.

 1.40 PM 11 April, 2014

Prototype Medium Pumper

CFA has awarded SEM Fire and Rescue (Ballarat) the contract to build a prototype Medium Pumper, following a design process aimed at creating a more user-friendly vehicle with improved water and foam capacity.

 10.17 AM 11 April, 2014

New station for Irrewillipe

On a lovely sunny day, CFA members and the community of Irrewillipe celebrated the official opening of their new fire station.

 2.28 PM 7 April, 2014

Responding to Victoria’s growth

CFA has added 181 career firefighters to its workforce since 2010 as part of its response to urban and regional growth.

 1.28 PM 3 April, 2014

Digital dispatch to commence

Transition to the Regional Radio Dispatch Service (RRDS) is on track to kick off between April and July 2014.

 4.02 PM 26 March, 2014

Police hunting heartless thieves

Victoria Police Media ReleasePolice are appealing for public assistance after more than $23, 000 worth of property was stolen during a burglary at a CFA depot in Darraweit Guim, near Kyneton, last weekend. 

 1.49 PM 19 March, 2014

New CFA SES facility for Marong

Victorian Government media releaseThe opening of a new CFA fire station and SES building unit in Marong will boost emergency response capabilities in the City of Greater Bendigo.

 12.28 PM 16 March, 2014

Wonthaggi Fire Station opening

Welcome to the new Wonthaggi Fire Station. I stand here today 15th Feb, proud to be a part of the best volunteer organisation in the world.

 12.50 PM 12 March, 2014

Volunteer grants program open

Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells officially opened the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program 2014/2015 otherwise known as VESEP – in recognition of the significant contribution made by emergency services volunteers.

 4.34 PM 4 March, 2014

New build for Warrnambool

Victorian Premier, Dr Denis Napthine, turned the first sod early this morning at the recently acquired site for a new fire station at Warrnambool.

 12.32 PM 14 February, 2014

New Red Hill Big Fill

Red Hill Fire BrigadeNew Big Fill unit/ Multi-Purpose Appliance 

 12.52 PM 8 February, 2014

WA adopts CFA crew protect design

Western Australian fire services will use CFA’s state-of-the-art designs to introduce tanker crew protection systems to their fleet.

 11.17 AM 24 January, 2014

Official opening at Blackwood

On Sunday 19 January 2014, the Blackwood Fire Station and Community Fire Refuge was officially opened by the Premier of Victoria, The Hon Dr Denis Napthine.

 10.31 AM 21 January, 2014

Bringing ice to the eskimos

Despite the Brigade being called Lake Mundi, the supply of water for Tanker refilling is extremely limited.

 8.31 PM 14 January, 2014