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VFBV Welcomes new CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan


CFA has today announced the appointment of Jason Heffernan as CFA’s new Chief Officer.

Jason comes to us from NSW, where he is currently an Assistant Commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service. Importantly, Jason has more than 20 years’ experience as a volunteer firefighter, and has also recently acted as Deputy Commissioner.

He comes highly recommended by our friends in NSW and has demonstrated a proven track record in advocating strongly for volunteers and building sustainable volunteer capability and capacity in his RFS role as the Director for Response and Coordination. Jason has also previously served with NSW Police.

Jason will commence his role with CFA on the 30th November.

On behalf of the VFBV Board, State Council and members I welcome Jason’s appointment and look forward to working with him during this critical period in CFA’s history as we work together to shape a strong and effective volunteer based emergency service for all Victorian’s.

I would also like to pay tribute to Acting Chief Officer Garry Cook.

Garry took on the role of Acting Chief at a critical time, and has provided diligent and stable leadership during what can only be described as some of CFA’s darkest days. He has navigated recent months with calm and professionalism which has been testament to his strength of character and values. We commend Garry on his stewardship and thank him most sincerely for his leadership and commitment to CFA.


Adam Barnett, Chief Executive Officer
Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria.


About VFBV: VFBV is established under the Country Fire Authority Act and is the peak body for CFA Volunteers in Victoria. VFBV works tirelessly to represent, advocate and support CFA volunteers to the CFA Board and management, governments, ministers, members of parliament, councils, instrumentalities, business and the public. Our vision is for Strong Volunteerism, Embraced to Build Community Resilience for a Safer Victoria.

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CFA Volunteers are the unpaid professionals of our Emergency Services. VFBV is their united voice, and speaks on behalf of Victoria's 60,000 CFA Volunteers.