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Apr 04, 2024 785

April 2024 Newsletter

Chicken or egg By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Which came first – the chicken or the egg? Before you get too uptight, no – I’m not about to prattle on about this causality dilemma… (read more)
Mar 28, 2024 1409

Victorian Electoral Commission

The VEC is seeking local people to help run the 2024 local council elections. This is a message from the VEC. The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is seeking organised hands-on leaders in… (read more)
Mar 24, 2024 1480

2024 State Urban Senior Championship Results

Final results for the 2024 State Urban Senior Championships held in Mooroopna on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March 2024 are now available. The full results are available for download at the bottom of… (read more)
Mar 24, 2024 1369

2024 State Rural Junior Championship Results

Final results for the 2024 State Rural Junior Championship held in Mooroopna on Sunday 24 March 2024 are now available. The results are available for download at the bottom of this page. Presentation… (read more)
Mar 23, 2024 1445

2024 State Rural Senior Championship Results

Final results for the 2024 State Rural Senior Championship held in Mooroopna on Saturday 23 March 2024 are now available. The results are available for download at the bottom of this page.… (read more)
Mar 21, 2024 1228

2024 State Championships This Weekend

The 2024 State Urban Senior Championship and the State Rural Senior and Junior Championships will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday, 23 and 24 March 2024 at the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve,… (read more)
Mar 17, 2024 1681

2024 State Urban Junior Championship Results

Final results for the 2024 State Urban Junior Championships held in Mooroopna on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March 2024 are now available. The results are listed below and are also available for… (read more)
Mar 14, 2024 1393

2024 State Urban Junior Championship This Weekend

The 2024 State Urban Junior Championship will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 March 2024 in Mooroopna. This year will be the 50th time the State Urban Junior Championship has been… (read more)
Mar 08, 2024 1648

March 2024 Newsletter

International Women’s Day Each year on March 8 International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as well as calling for action to accelerate… (read more)
Mar 08, 2024 1382

Feedback Requested - Standard Operating Procedures (Various)

Formal consultation has commenced on ten updated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) covering various doctrine. The proposed draft SOP's are available for download from the bottom of this page and… (read more)
Mar 08, 2024 644

International Women's Day 2024

Each year on March 8 International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as well as calling for action to accelerate women’s equality. The theme… (read more)
Mar 07, 2024 1394

VFBV Board Vacancies - Invitation to Apply

Invitation open to all CFA volunteers to apply Closing date for written applications is Monday 2nd September 2024. VFBV advances the interests for all Victorian fire brigade volunteers and advocates… (read more)
Mar 02, 2024 2240

2024 State Championships - Information for competing teams

Available for download from the bottom of this page is information for teams competing in the 2024 State Championships in March 2024. Below is highlighted information for each championship and the… (read more)
Feb 22, 2024 1891

2024 Bushfire and Storm Recovery Resources

Following a natural disaster it can be difficult to know what services are available from the various sources to assist with recovery. This Fact Sheet has been prepared by VFBV to assist members and… (read more)
Feb 08, 2024 2148

February 2024 Newsletter

Prevention is better than a cure By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Many of you would have heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And while this is often… (read more)
Feb 07, 2024 2152

Feedback Requested - Standard Operating Procedures (FMR)

Formal consultation has commenced on a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that has been developed to cover Fire Medical Response. (FMR) The proposed draft SOP is available for download from the… (read more)
Jan 29, 2024 2328

Australia Day Honours List 2024

VFBV extends congratulations to four CFA members who were awarded the prestigious Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) on Australia for their service to CFA and the wider Victorian Community. Paula… (read more)
Jan 15, 2024 2607

January 2024 Newsletter

What’s in store for 2024? By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer My inspiration for this year is a quote from English theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. “I have noticed that even people… (read more)
Dec 23, 2023 2627

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

On behalf of VFBV, we wish all members, friends and supporters a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year. CFA volunteers work tirelessly to support and protect their communities prevent and… (read more)
Dec 15, 2023 2698

NSW in the line of duty deaths

VFBV is saddened to hear of the loss of two New South Wales firefighters in the line of duty on Tuesday 12 December. RFS Group Captain Dale Bowles suffered a medical episode while responding to a car… (read more)
Dec 04, 2023 3146

December 2023 Newsletter

To Queensland and back again By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer As another year comes to a close, we again see the value and importance of Victoria’s volunteer surge capacity in action.… (read more)
Dec 04, 2023 3125

International Volunteer Day 2023

“If everyone did” is the theme for International Volunteer Day in 2023. International Volunteer Day is celebrated each year on 5 December as a day to acknowledge volunteers and the spirit of… (read more)
Dec 01, 2023 3281

Marking 25 Years since Linton

December 2, 2023 marks 25 years since the loss of five Geelong West volunteer firefighters that died during the Linton blaze. The fire had started on private property and spread through more than 600… (read more)
Dec 01, 2023 3841

Feedback Requested - Unreasonable Complaints Policy

Formal consultation has commenced on a new CFA Policy to cover 'Unreasonable Complaints'. The proposed draft policy is available for download from the bottom of this page. For the purposes of… (read more)
Dec 01, 2023 5333

Feedback Requested - Standard Operating Procedures (Driving)

Formal consultation has commenced on six updated Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) covering driving doctrine. The proposed draft SOP's are available for download from the bottom of this page and… (read more)
Nov 30, 2023 3389

VESEP Grants Announced

The Minister for Emergency Services the Hon Jaclyn Symes recently announced the successful projects for the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) 2023/24. VFBV would like to… (read more)
Nov 28, 2023 5228

2024 State Championships - Entries Now Open

Entries have opened for the 2024 State Championships, as with previous years entries and judge and official nominations for all State Championships will be collected online. The 2024 State… (read more)
Nov 17, 2023 3677

NSW in the line of duty death

VFBV is saddened to advise that a NSW volunteer firefighter lost their life in the line of duty fighting a fire near Walgett in Northern NSW. The RFS volunteer was working on the Hudson fire in the… (read more)
Nov 03, 2023 3743

November 2023 Newsletter

Policy should help not hinder By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer It is clear from the fire seasons being experienced in Queensland and NSW so far this spring that this year’s fire season… (read more)
Oct 12, 2023 3914

Our Community, Our CFA

We are tens of thousands of Victorians, committed to protecting lives and property. We are skilled, determined and here to serve Victorians now and into the future. We are from the community and for… (read more)
Oct 12, 2023 4481

Now Open - 2023 VFBV Volunteer Survey

The 2023 VFBV Volunteer Survey is now open for all CFA volunteers to take part. CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY The survey is an annual snapshot of volunteer opinion, using questions on issues chosen… (read more)
Oct 12, 2023 3931

Emergency Services Foundation Scholarships

Applications are now open for the Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) Scholarships. The ESF scholarship program provides an opportunity for volunteers and paid staff from Victoria’s emergency… (read more)
Oct 06, 2023 4151

October 2023 Newsletter

You don’t need to be Einstein By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Honestly, there are days that an eye roll emoji just doesn’t cut it. I refer to a gathering in Canberra of “key… (read more)
Oct 06, 2023 5503

Feedback Requested - Standard Operating Procedures

Formal consultation has commenced on six updated Standard Operating Procedures. (SOP's) The proposed draft SOP's are available for download from the bottom of this page and contain: SOP 6.02 Crew… (read more)
Oct 05, 2023 3935

Presumptive Legislation Update

For several years now VFBV has been active in calling for support for the expansion of Victoria’s Presumptive Legislation scheme. We have campaigned strongly for female reproductive cancers to be… (read more)
Oct 02, 2023 4054

2024 VFBV/CFA Joint Committee District Nominees Expression of Interest

VFBV are seeking expressions of interest from members to be Joint Committee District Nominees for the 2023 VFBV/CFA Joint Committees. Interested volunteers are encouraged to submit your expression of… (read more)
Sep 05, 2023 4032

September 2023 Newsletter

Integrity and Honour By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer It was theoretical physicist Albert Einstein who said: “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with… (read more)
Aug 04, 2023 4424

August 2023 Newsletter

Strong, safe and sustainable By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Speaking at an ‘Every Woman Every Child’ event, it was Melinda Gates who said “The world is full of what seem like… (read more)
Jul 17, 2023 4517

July 2023 Newsletter

Feedback Loop By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer The last several months have seen some significant items out for broad consultation, with the two most recent items eliciting a very high… (read more)
Jun 15, 2023 4799

June 2023 Newsletter

The change makers By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer In this month’s edition of Fire Wise, members will find a copy of the 16-page VFBV Quarterly Supplement. As well as the usual updates… (read more)
Jun 13, 2023 5186

King's Birthday Honours List 2023

Among almost 1,200 Australian’s recognised in the first King’s Birthday Honours list this year were two CFA members for their contributions to the Victorian community who have been honoured with the… (read more)
Jun 08, 2023 6244

Feedback Requested - Brigade Finance Policy Suite

Formal consultation has commenced on a proposed Brigade/Group Finance Policy Suite, which is intended to replace current brigade and group finance policies. The proposed draft policy suite is… (read more)
Jun 08, 2023 6037

Feedback Requested - Amendments to CFA policy for Working with Children Clearances

Formal consultation has commenced on amendments proposed by CFA to their policy for Working with Children Clearances. (WWCC) The proposed draft policy is available for download from the bottom of… (read more)
May 15, 2023 4658

National Volunteer Week 2023

This week (15 – 21 May) is National Volunteer week, and sets out to celebrate the power of how volunteers drive change and ensure that volunteering is inclusive. The 2023 theme for National Volunteer… (read more)
May 04, 2023 4544

International Firefighters' Day 2023

International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed each year on the 4th May. This is also St Florian's Day, who is the patron saint of firefighters. St. Florian is the Patron Saint of Firefighters… (read more)
May 03, 2023 6578

May 2023 Newsletter

EMV home goal By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer This month I am drawing strength from a Gandhi quote – “Truth never damages a cause that is just.” I was most unfortunate to attend the… (read more)
Apr 28, 2023 6136

2023-24 VESEP Applications Now Open and VFBV Help Pack

Applications should be submitted to your District ACFO by Friday 16th June 2023. Applications are now open for the 2023-24 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), with the closing… (read more)
Apr 20, 2023 4186

CFA Annual Memorial Service 2023

The Annual Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 7 May in Mt Macedon to honour firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This year’s memorial service will mark the 35th event,… (read more)
Apr 06, 2023 4279

April 2023 Newsletter

Be alert – not alarmed By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter” is one of my favourite quotes (for obvious reasons), attributed to… (read more)
Mar 26, 2023 6192

2023 State Urban Senior Championship Results

Final results for the 2023 State Urban Senior Championships held in Mooroopna on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2023 are now available. The full results are available for download at the bottom of… (read more)
Mar 26, 2023 4925

2023 State Rural Junior Championship Results

Final results for the 2023 State Rural Junior Championship held in Mooroopna on Sunday 26 March 2023 are now available. The results are available for download at the bottom of this page. Presentation… (read more)
Mar 25, 2023 4855

2023 State Rural Senior Championship Results

Final results for the 2023 State Rural Senior Championship held in Mooroopna on Saturday 25 March 2023 are now available. The results are available for download at the bottom of this page.… (read more)
Mar 23, 2023 4297

2023 State Championships This Weekend

The 2023 State Urban Senior Championship and the State Rural Senior and Junior Championships will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 March 2023 at the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve,… (read more)
Mar 19, 2023 6070

2023 State Urban Junior Championship Results

Final results for the 2023 State Urban Junior Championships held in Mooroopna on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 March 2023 are now available. The results are listed below and are also available for… (read more)
Mar 16, 2023 4099

2023 State Urban Junior Championship This Weekend

The 2023 State Urban Junior Championship will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday, 18 and 19 March 2023 in Mooroopna. This year will be the 50th time the State Urban Junior Championship has been… (read more)
Mar 08, 2023 4136

March 2023 Newsletter

Volunteer Surge Capacity in Action By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer By empowering, supporting and embracing local communities to contribute to fire safety, knowledge and participation,… (read more)
Mar 07, 2023 4055

International Women's Day 2023

Each year on March 8 International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as well as calling for action to accelerate women’s equality. The theme… (read more)
Mar 03, 2023 5065

CFA Board Positions - Invitation to Apply

Inviting Applications for the CFA Board Applications close Monday 26th June 2023. The CFA Act recognises that it is important that the CFA Board has strong volunteer expertise, knowledge and… (read more)
Mar 03, 2023 4767

VFBV Board Vacancies - Invitation to Apply

Invitation open to all CFA volunteers to apply Closing date for written applications is Monday 28th August 2023. VFBV advances the interests for all Victorian fire brigade volunteers and advocates on… (read more)
Mar 03, 2023 4355

Nominations for CFA and Brigades Donations Fund

Nominations close Monday 19th June 2023. VFBV is calling for nominations to the CFA and Brigades Donations Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to raise and receive money and donations of goods and… (read more)
Feb 17, 2023 5016

Feedback Requested - Revised Radio Allocation Policy and Procedure

Formal consultation has commenced on a revised suite of policies and procedures for radio allocation in preparation for the planned rollout of CFA's replacement to the operational radio fleet. The… (read more)
Feb 17, 2023 5455

Feedback Requested - Draft CFA Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

Formal consultation has commenced on a draft CFA Policy covering the use of Alcohol and other drugs. The proposed draft policy is available for download from the bottom of this page. For the purposes… (read more)
Feb 08, 2023 4111

February 2023 Newsletter

From the Ashes By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer There is a quote attributed to ‘The Second Ash Wednesday’ by Bardsley, Fraser and Heathcote that says ‘the lesson of experience is that we… (read more)
Jan 30, 2023 4231

Australia Day Honours 2023

The 2023 Australia Day Honours list recognised five CFA members for their contribution to the Victorian community among more than 1,000 recipients of honours this year. VFBV congratulates these… (read more)
Jan 16, 2023 4182

January 2023 Newsletter

The promise of a new year By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer It was American columnist Bill Vaughan who quipped “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist… (read more)
Dec 23, 2022 3752

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

On behalf of VFBV, we wish all members, friends and supporters a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year. We take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our CFA Volunteers for the… (read more)
Dec 21, 2022 5085

2023 State Championships Entries Now Open

Entries have opened for the 2023 State Championships, as with previous years entries and judge/official nominations will be collected online. The 2023 State Championship dates are: State Urban Junior… (read more)
Dec 09, 2022 3999

December 2022 Newsletter

Let’s talk vaccine mandates By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Back in October, I commented on the amazing generosity of our members in sharing their thoughts and experiences. I am often… (read more)
Dec 05, 2022 3718

International Volunteer Day 2022

International Volunteer Day is marked each year on 5 December, to recognize and promote the tireless work of volunteers across the world. International Volunteer Day is an international observance… (read more)
Dec 05, 2022 4040

Flood Response Volunteer Expense Reimbursement

The Victorian State Government has announced that an expense reimbursement process has been implemented for all CFA, SES and LSV volunteers who have been deployed in response to the 2022 Victorian… (read more)
Nov 03, 2022 4239

November 2022 Newsletter

Flood Response and Recovery By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer As I write, we are anxiously holding our breath as we monitor flood levels and the prospect of more rain forecast over the… (read more)
Nov 03, 2022 3997

2022/23 VESEP Successful Projects

On Friday 28th October, the Minister for Emergency Services the Hon Jaclyn Symes announced the outcomes of the Volunteer Emergency Service Equipment Program (VESEP) for 2022/23. VESEP provides grants… (read more)
Oct 27, 2022 4732

Now Open - 2022 VFBV Volunteer Welfare & Efficiency Survey

The 2022 VFBV Volunteer Welfare and Efficiency Survey is now open to all CFA volunteers. CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY. The survey is an annual snapshot of volunteer opinion, which includes questions… (read more)
Oct 19, 2022 4904

2022 Flood Recovery Resources

Updated: 1 December 2022 (Originally issued 18 October 2022, updated 27 October 2022 and 4 November 2022) The following Fact Sheet has been prepared to assist members and their families to navigate… (read more)
Oct 06, 2022 4898

October 2022 Newsletter

Valuable FeedbackBy Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Over the last few months we have been seeking feedback on the ongoing application of the Chief Officer’s minimum requirements for… (read more)
Oct 06, 2022 5966

2023 VFBV/CFA Joint Committee District Nominees Expressions of Interest

VFBV are seeking expressions of interest from members to be Joint Committee District Nominees for the 2023 VFBV/CFA Joint Committees. Interested volunteers are encouraged to submit your expression of… (read more)
Sep 26, 2022 5623

Feedback Requested - Draft CFA Asset and Building Naming

Formal consultation has commenced on a draft CFA Policy and corresponding Procedure to cover the proposed arrangements and requirements applying to the future naming of buildings, parts of buildings… (read more)
Sep 21, 2022 5078

Feedback Requested - Updated CFA Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy

Formal consultation has commenced on an updated CFA Policy on Child Safety and Wellbeing. This policy has been updated to reflect the new Victorian Child Safe Standards that came into effect in 1… (read more)
Sep 12, 2022 4547

September 2022 Newsletter

Fire Behaviour Index By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer September not only heralds the end of winter, but this year marks the official commencement of the new Australian Fire Danger Rating… (read more)
Sep 08, 2022 4779

2023 State Championships

The 2023 State Championships will again be held in Mooroopna between 18 March and 26 March. The Urban Junior State Championships will be held on 18 and 19 March, followed by the Urban Senior, Rural… (read more)
Sep 08, 2022 4344

R U OK?

R U OK? Day falls on the 8th of September this year, with this year's message being ‘Ask R U OK? No qualifications needed.’ R U OK? is a national suicide prevention initiative that encourages… (read more)
Sep 06, 2022 6516

Open for Consultation Dashboard

This page provides a summary of items that are currently open for broad consultation and feedback is being sought. Members are encouraged to review any of the items below and provide feedback/comment… (read more)
Sep 01, 2022 4609

AFDRS

What is AFDRS (Australian Fire Danger Rating System) The new Australian Fire Danger Rating System (AFDRS) is consistent across Australia, easier to understand and will provide clearer advice on how… (read more)
Aug 26, 2022 4990

Volunteers Welcome Fiskville Redress Scheme

VFBV has welcomed today’s announcement by the Victorian Government of the establishment of a Fiskville Redress Scheme to support Fiskville affected persons. The scheme will open on Monday 5th… (read more)
Aug 03, 2022 5110

August 2022 Newsletter

Fire Medical Response By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer After long advocacy by VFBV, I welcome the recent CFA and Government announcements concerning the establishment of the Fire Medical… (read more)
Aug 03, 2022 5210

Tony's Trek

On 30 September 2022, Inspector-General for Emergency Management (and Chair of the Emergency Services Foundation) Tony Pearce will start Tony’s Trek – a 1440km solo charity walk through Victoria to… (read more)
Aug 03, 2022 6146

Feedback Requested - Surveillance Device Procedure

Formal consultation has commenced on a proposed procedure to cover the use of Surveillance Devices. This procedure aims to provide appropriate guidance to CFA members in the installation and use of… (read more)
Aug 03, 2022 6221

Feedback Requested - SOP 5.04 Service Hose Testing and Coupling Inspection

Formal consultation has commenced on amendments being sought by CFA to SOP 5.04 – Service Hose Testing and Coupling Inspection. The draft amended SOP is available for download from the bottom of this… (read more)
Jul 25, 2022 5689

Spirit of CFA Awards - 2022 Winners

CFA recently held the Spirit of CFA Awards ceremony celebrating winners from the 2020 and 2022 awards. The two award ceremonies were held together following the cancelation of the 2020 ceremony due… (read more)
Jul 25, 2022 5698

Spirit of CFA Awards - 2020 Winners

CFA recently held the Spirit of CFA Awards ceremony celebrating winners from the 2020 and 2022 awards. The two award ceremonies were held together following the cancelation of the 2020 ceremony due… (read more)
Jul 07, 2022 6235

July 2022 Newsletter

Cultural Intelligence By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer There is bound to be a wide range of reactions and views of the external culture and issues management review that was recently… (read more)
Jul 07, 2022 7915

Feedback Requested - Chief Officer's Minimum Requirements

The CFA Chief Officer has commenced consultation on reviewing the Chief Officer’s minimum requirements for operational response. VFBV welcomes this opportunity, as the minimum requirements have… (read more)
Jul 03, 2022 4866

VOLUNTEERS MOURN THE LOSS OF THE HON. JANE GARRETT MP

CFA volunteers are saddened to learn of the loss of the Hon. Jane Garrett MP who passed away last night from breast cancer. On behalf of all CFA volunteers, VFBV offers its deepest condolences to… (read more)
Jun 27, 2022 6710

VFBV Board Announces New State President and Vice President

The Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Samantha Collins as the new State President and Board Chair, and Captain Andy Cusack AFSM as State… (read more)
Jun 23, 2022 5132

VOLUNTEERS WELCOME RELEASE OF INDEPENDENT REVIEW

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) welcomes today’s release of the independent external review of culture and issues management conducted by Dr Helen Szoke AO and Allen+Clarke Consulting. VFBV… (read more)
Jun 15, 2022 5000

June 2022 Newsletter

Unity and generosity of spirit By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer In this month’s edition of Fire Wise there is enclosed the VFBV Quarterly Supplement, which like each quarter - contains… (read more)
Jun 14, 2022 5045

VFBV Board Vacancies: Invitation to apply

Invitation open to all CFA volunteers to apply Closing date for written applications is Monday 1st August 2022. VFBV advances the interests of all Victorian fire brigade volunteers and advocates on… (read more)
Jun 14, 2022 4993

Queen's Birthday Honours 2022

The 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced on 13 June 2022 included four CFA members who were awarded the Australian Fire Services Medal (AFSM) in recognition of their contribution to the… (read more)
May 16, 2022 4730

National Volunteer Week 2022

National Volunteer Week is being celebrated this week between 16th and 22nd May. Our celebration of volunteer week acknolwedges the power of volunteering to bring people together. This year’s… (read more)
May 11, 2022 4731

May 2022 Newsletter

Time well spent By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer As we put another fire season behind us, this would typically be the time of year that many brigades move into their planning and… (read more)
May 04, 2022 7076

International Firefighters' Day 2022

International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is observed each year on the 4th May. This is also St Florian's Day, who is the patron saint of firefighters. St. Florian is the Patron Saint of Firefighters… (read more)
Apr 13, 2022 4982

April 2022 Newsletter

Vital and Valued By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer April typically signifies the end of the fire danger period, with a rolling back of local restrictions as the weather justifies. And… (read more)
Apr 13, 2022 5211

CFA Annual Memorial Service 2022

The Annual Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 1 May in Churchill to honour firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This year’s memorial service will mark the 34th event,… (read more)
Apr 13, 2022 6606

RCH Good Friday Appeal

A defining sight of the Good Friday Appeal is the thousands of volunteers standing at traffic lights, in camping grounds and clubs and at many events, shaking the Good Friday Appeal tins as people… (read more)
Apr 13, 2022 5029

AFSM Nominations 2023

Nominations are still open for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) to be awarded as part of the 2023 Australia Day awards. The AFSM honours the distinguished service of members of fire services,… (read more)
Apr 12, 2022 5416

Updating your Vaccination Status (Update)

This article was first published on the 14th October, and is regularly updated with Booster requirements for Emergency Services Workers. This page reflects information as of (Mandatory Vaccination… (read more)
Apr 07, 2022 7001

2022-23 VESEP - VFBV Help Pack

Applications should be submitted to your District ACFO by Tuesday 31 May 2022. Applications are now open for the 2022-23 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), with the closing… (read more)
Apr 07, 2022 5410

Position Vacant - Administration Assistant

VFBV is looking for an enthusiastic Administration Support Officer to join our small dedicated team supporting the peak body work of the Association in representing CFA volunteers to CFA, Government,… (read more)
Mar 27, 2022 5794

2022 State Urban Senior Championship Results

Final results for the 2022 State Urban Senior Championships held in Mooroopna on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March 2022 are now available. The results are available for download at the bottom of this… (read more)
Mar 27, 2022 5057

2022 State Rural Junior Championship Results

Final results for the 2022 State Rural Junior Championships held in Mooroopna on Sunday 27 March 2022 are now available. The results are available for download at the bottom of this page.… (read more)
Mar 26, 2022 5397

2022 State Rural Senior Championship Results

Final results for the 2022 State Rural Senior Championships held in Mooroopna on Saturday 26 March 2022 are now available. The results are available for download at the bottom of this page.… (read more)
Mar 24, 2022 4993

2022 State Championships This Weekend

The 2022 State Urban Senior Championship and the State Rural Senior and Junior Championships will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 March 2022 at the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve,… (read more)
Mar 20, 2022 5619

2022 State Urban Junior Championship Results

Final results for the 2022 State Urban Junior Championships held in Mooroopna on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March 2022 are now available. The results are listed below and are also available for… (read more)
Mar 20, 2022 4782

Inspirational CFA Women

We have been celebrating International Women’s Day by sharing stories highlighting the contribution that women make to CFA, not just on International Women’s Day but every day of the year. CFA have… (read more)
Mar 19, 2022 4480

A passion to lead CFA’s next generation

Leading the next generation of CFA volunteers has come naturally to 20-year-old Colac firefighter Caitlin Willsher, who has climbed the ranks through the Junior program to now take the reins as… (read more)
Mar 18, 2022 4533

A commitment to service

Jacinta Savory defies the traditional notion that younger Australians don’t volunteer. At 22, she is a committed volunteer firefighter with the Werribee CFA brigade. With International Women’s Day… (read more)
Mar 17, 2022 4376

March 2022 Newsletter

Taking the lead By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day, with this year’s campaign theme being #BreakTheBias. You may have seen the campaign… (read more)
Mar 17, 2022 4422

2022 State Urban Junior Championship

The 2022 State Urban Junior Championship will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday, 19 and 20 March 2022. Come and see tomorrow’s CFA volunteers proudly demonstrate their skills. If you are not… (read more)
Mar 17, 2022 4882

Faces of CFA – Leonie Turner, Hoddles Creek Fire Brigade

What is your CFA role? Captain, District 13 peer, Junior leader and catering team member. Why did you join? In 1991 a large fire came close to where we lived and the primary school my boys attended… (read more)
Mar 16, 2022 4456

Position Vacant – VFBV Support Officer (West)

VFBV is seeking to appoint a VFBV Support Officer to work in regional Victoria with VFBV District Councils, Brigades and volunteers to facilitate consultation, issues resolution and volunteer… (read more)
Mar 16, 2022 4582

The joy of being a Junior leader

Given that Stuart Mill has about 40 residents. CFA volunteer Sheryn Lloyd wondered whether a Junior brigade would be sustainable.“When we started the Junior brigade it was just my kids and… (read more)
Mar 15, 2022 4645

Following in the family's footsteps

Sophie Maher is currently 1st Lieutenant at Red Cliffs Fire Brigade and also a Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) firey. She spoke about how her passion for CFA first started… (read more)
Mar 14, 2022 5429

Volunteers who are staff

Eildon Fire Brigade Captain Nicki Lund has been a volunteer with CFA for 14 years. CFA plays an enormous part in her life as she’s also CFA’s Acting Manager Learning and Development in North East… (read more)
Mar 13, 2022 6553

CFA celebrates International Women's Day

On Sunday 8 March 2020, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. This year the CFA wanted to pay tribute to women involved in the organisation, inspired by women and inspiring others. With… (read more)
Mar 12, 2022 6862

Diamond Creek Fire Brigade boosts confidence in young members

When CFA volunteer firefighters Kellie Clarkson and Jodie Harris joined Diamond Creek Fire Brigade, they were not sure what to expect. Now, they reflect on how much they have grown personally through… (read more)
Mar 11, 2022 5210

Diversity at the forefront for AFSM recipient

A CFA volunteer dedicated to increasing diversity and investing in our youth has been honoured with an Australian Fire Services Medal (AFSM). Gill Metz of Riddells Creek Fire Brigade received the… (read more)
Mar 10, 2022 4485

Creating connections and investing in our youth

A little encouragement from her eager daughter was all it took to get Kim Tucker to join Colac Fire Brigade and become its new Junior Leader. When her daughter was invited by a friend to join up to… (read more)
Mar 10, 2022 4402

Churchill Fellowship Opportunities for Emergency Responders

Apply now, 2022 Churchill Fellowship applications are now open and will close Thursday 28 April. Churchill Fellowships offer a diverse range of people from all walks of life an opportunity to travel… (read more)
Mar 09, 2022 4441

Volunteers honoured by road naming

Having been a deputy group officer for a number of years, Jan Cleary became CFA’s first female group officer in 2010 and held the position for four years. “I wanted to be group officer because I knew… (read more)
Mar 08, 2022 4612

A celebration of CFA's rural women

The vital role of women to their communities, their brigades, and to CFA as an organisation is being celebrated as CFA marks International Rural Women’s Day on 15 October. Libby Garoni (pictured) is… (read more)
Mar 07, 2022 4259

Female captains share stories for International Women's Day

This International Women’s Day, we catch up with District 7’s four female brigade captains. CFA’s District 7 proudly boosts four female captains; Helen Wood (Barwon Heads brigade), Ali Jordan… (read more)
Mar 05, 2022 5040

International Women's Day 2022

Today on 8 March 2022, VFBV is recognising the achievements of women in VFBV, CFA, emergency services and their communities and are encouraging others to do the same. The theme for this year’s… (read more)
Feb 04, 2022 4416

February 2022 Newsletter

Don’t be a drip! Take a sip! By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Well, what an interesting fire season this is shaping up to be. While we often joke about the four seasons in a day when… (read more)
Feb 04, 2022 5124

Updating your Vaccination Status (Update)

This article was first published on the 14th October, and has now been updated with Booster requirements for Emergency Services Workers. For the information of members, CFA is obligated under the… (read more)
Jan 27, 2022 4462

Australia Day Honours 2022

Included in the 2022 Australia Day Honours list was three CFA volunteers who were awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in recognition of their contribution to the community. VFBV… (read more)
Jan 07, 2022 4704

Position Vacant – VFBV Support Officer (North West)

VFBV is seeking to appoint a VFBV Support Officer to work in regional Victoria with VFBV District Councils, Brigades and volunteers to facilitate consultation, issues resolution and volunteer… (read more)
Jan 07, 2022 4306

January 2022 Newsletter

Have you had your say? By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Welcome to 2022! With temperatures exceeding 40 degrees in many parts of the State as we welcomed in the new year, it is a timely… (read more)
Dec 25, 2021 4437

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

On behalf of VFBV, we wish all members, friends and supporters a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year. We take this opportunity to thank each and every one of our CFA Volunteers for the… (read more)
Dec 24, 2021 4635

Working with Children Adverse Notice Procedure

Members would recall, earlier in the year CFA engaged in consultation with VFBV over proposed changes to its working with children business rule and policies. Following member feedback, VFBV provided… (read more)
Dec 16, 2021 5747

2022 State Championships – Entries Now Open

Entries are now open for the 2022 State Championships. Similar to 2021 all team entries and judge/official nominations will be collected via online again for the 2022 State Championships. The dates… (read more)
Dec 08, 2021 4526

December 2021 Newsletter

Crisis and Opportunity By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer I have drawn inspiration from an unusual source this month, and quite by accident. As I was doing some research on another topic,… (read more)
Dec 08, 2021 5005

Inviting Applications for the CFA Board

The CFA legislation recognises that it is important that the CFA Board has strong volunteer expertise, knowledge and an understanding of CFA volunteers. To support this, CFA legislation provides for… (read more)
Dec 05, 2021 4300

International Volunteer Day 2021

Held annually on 5 December each year, International Volunteer Day is a chance to celebrate the efforts of volunteers and recognise the contribution that they make to their communities. International… (read more)
Nov 24, 2021 6914

NOW OPEN – 2021/2022 VFBV Volunteer Welfare & Efficiency Survey

The 2022 VFBV Volunteer Welfare and Efficiency Survey is now open to all CFA volunteers. CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY. The survey is an annual snapshot of volunteer opinion, which includes questions… (read more)
Nov 03, 2021 4731

November 2021 Newsletter

Appreciating those who inspire By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer All year I have tried to avoid referencing any COVID restriction milestones. Mostly because they change so quickly, and… (read more)
Nov 01, 2021 5095

CFA External Review of Culture and Issues Management Discussion Paper

An independent Review Team from Allen + Clarke, which includes Dr Helen Szoke AO as Lead Reviewer, has been engaged by the Country Fire Authority (CFA) to undertake a review of culture and issues… (read more)
Oct 31, 2021 4517

FEM Health Surveillance Program

VFBV supports CFA's new Voluntary FEM (Fire Equipment Maintenance) Health Surveillance program as part of the transition to fluorine free foam (FFF) extinguishers across all appliances, fire stations… (read more)
Oct 18, 2021 4674

Spirit of CFA - Nominations Now Open

Members are being called on to step forward and nominate CFA members and/or brigades for the 2022 Spirit of CFA Awards. Members of the general public are also able to nominate a local CFA member.… (read more)
Oct 18, 2021 5031

Updating your Vaccination Status

CFA is requesting that all members please update their CFA record with their COVID-19 Vaccination status as soon as possible. On the 14th October, CFA rolled out an update to its member records… (read more)
Oct 06, 2021 4631

October 2021 Newsletter

Culture, Respect and Vaccines By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Many of you would now be aware that last week the Premier announced that all authorised workers must now be vaccinated to… (read more)
Oct 06, 2021 4946

Open for Consultation

The following items are currently open for consultation, and and your feedback is being sought. Members are encouraged to review any of the items below and provide feedback/comment and/or suggestions… (read more)
Sep 30, 2021 4631

VFBV Statement - Volunteers Welcome Independent Review

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria welcomes today’s announcement by CFA of the commissioning of Dr Szoke to help lead a review into how to further strengthen CFA’s systems and approaches to ensure CFA… (read more)
Sep 27, 2021 5155

CFA Volunteer Surge Capacity

Want is CFA Volunteer Surge Capacity One of the fundamental benefits of the CFA volunteer based model is the depth of capacity and capability it provides to maintain response across Victoria to… (read more)
Sep 27, 2021 5340

VFBV Statement on UFU Campaign

VOLUNTEERS DISMISS UNION PROPAGANDA Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria notes with disappointment the commencement of yet another UFU TV and print campaign that attempts to scare and mislead the public.… (read more)
Sep 27, 2021 4974

Our Community, Our CFA

We are tens of thousands of Victorians, committed to protecting lives and property. We are skilled, determined and here to serve Victorians now and into the future. We are from the community and for… (read more)
Sep 06, 2021 4612

September 2021 Newsletter

Are they really ok? By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer R U OK? Day falls on the 9th of September this year. This year’s message is ‘Are they really OK? Ask them today.’ R U OK? is a… (read more)
Aug 30, 2021 4990

2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours – Nominations Now Open

CFA is currently accepting and encouraging nominations for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) for the 2022 Queen’s Birthday honours list. The AFSM is a prestigious award that honours the… (read more)
Aug 10, 2021 4964

August 2021 Newsletter

Resilience and unity of purposeBy Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer On day of writing, Victoria has just entered lockdown #6. I don’t want to dwell on the unavoidable impacts they have not… (read more)
Aug 05, 2021 5454

Position Vacant – VFBV Support Officer (South West)

VFBV is seeking to appoint a VFBV Support Officer to work in regional Victoria with VFBV District Councils, Brigades and volunteers to facilitate consultation, issues resolution and volunteer… (read more)
Jul 15, 2021 4807

July 2021 Newsletter

Selfless, Courageous and VitalBy Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer It would not be Victoria if we didn’t have the need to deal with wild and unpredictable weather throughout the year. Last… (read more)
Jun 16, 2021 5123

2021 Flood and Storm Recovery Resources

Issued/Updated: 15 June 2021 The following Fact Sheet has been prepared to assist members navigate the various sources of assistance that we are currently aware of in relation to the Victorian… (read more)
Jun 15, 2021 4928

Queen's Birthday Honours 2021

The Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced on 14 June 2021 included seven CFA members who were awarded the Australian Fire Services Medal (AFSM) in recognition of their contribution to the community… (read more)
Jun 11, 2021 4971

June 2021 Newsletter

Rationality and Excellence By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer As at time of writing we have just entered week two of Victorian lockdown number four. I want to acknowledge the impact these… (read more)
May 28, 2021 4926

CFA Volunteer Recognised After More Than 60 Years

VFBV Media Release - May 2021 Jack McGennisken was always a hero in the eyes of his daughter Judi Pymer, and now more than 60 years after his death, the Wonwondah volunteer firefighter is being… (read more)
May 23, 2021 4985

Dumbalk volunteer still breaking down barriers after 40 years

VFBV Media Release - May 2021 CFA volunteer and south Gippsland dairy farmer Janet Auchterlonie was the first woman to join her local brigade in the early 1980s and nearly four decades later she’s… (read more)
May 21, 2021 5396

Sale family continues firefighting legacy

VFBV Media Release - May 2021 Sale’s youngest volunteer firefighter Dana King is continuing a four-generation family tradition – and her youth is already coming in handy. At 16, Dana was ideally… (read more)
May 17, 2021 5145

National Volunteer Week 2021

This week, Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd May 2021 is National Volunteer Week and VFBV is recognising more than 100,000 Victorians who contribute their time, skills and resources to ongoing volunteer… (read more)
May 11, 2021 5170

May 2021 Newsletter

Honour, Culture and Recognise – Reconnect – ReimagineBy Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer This year’s annual memorial service was held on Sunday 2 May in close proximity to the new Victorian… (read more)
May 04, 2021 6356

2021-22 VESEP - VFBV Help Pack

Applications should be submitted to your District ACFO by Friday 18 June 2021. Applications are now open for the 2021-22 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), with the closing… (read more)
May 04, 2021 5323

International Firefighters' Day

International Firefighter's Day (IFFD) is observed each year on the 4th May. This is also St Florian's Day, who is the patron saint of firefighters. Each year, CFA and VFBV come together to honour… (read more)
Apr 19, 2021 4967

Return of championships to help fire brigade recruitment

VFBV Media Release - March 2021 In his 50 years as coach of the Springhurst Fire Brigade championship team, Kevin Atteridge has seen as many success stories off the field as on it. While the… (read more)
Apr 14, 2021 4865

CFA Annual Memorial Service

The Annual Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 2 May in Melbourne to honour firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Nearby, the new Victorian Emergency Services Memorial… (read more)
Apr 13, 2021 4738

April 2021 Newsletter

Vaccine, Champs and Road Safety By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer The Australian Government’s national COVID-19 vaccination rollout is underway, and I am pleased to confirm that CFA and… (read more)
Apr 13, 2021 4850

VFBV Board Vacancies: Invitation to apply

Invitation open to all CFA volunteers to apply Closing date for written applications is Friday 30 July 2021. VFBV advances the interests of all Victorian fire brigade volunteers and advocates on… (read more)
Apr 12, 2021 5887

COVID Vaccine Update

The Australian Government’s national COVID-19 vaccination rollout is underway, and we are pleased to confirm that CFA and SES volunteers are eligible for access to vaccination under phase 1B of the… (read more)
Apr 09, 2021 4532

Successful VESEP Grants Announced

The Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services the Hon Danny Pearson MP has announced the outcomes for Volunteer Emergency Service Equipment Program (VESEP) for 2020/21. VFBV congratulates the… (read more)
Mar 29, 2021 4582

2021 State Urban Senior Championship Results

Final results for the 2021 State Urban Senior Championship held in Mooroopna on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March 2021 are now available. Grand Aggregate Results: FINAL AGGREGATE RESULTS Dry Aggregate… (read more)
Mar 28, 2021 4415

2021 State Rural Junior Championship Results

Final results for the 2021 State Rural Junior Championship held in Mooroopna on Sunday 28 March 2021 are now available. Aggregate results: The place getters for each event and aggregate board are… (read more)
Mar 27, 2021 4415

2021 State Rural Senior Championship Results

Final results for the 2021 State Rural Senior Championship held in Mooroopna on Saturday 27 March 2021 are now available. Aggregate results: The place getters for each event and aggregate board are… (read more)
Mar 23, 2021 4944

2021 State Urban Junior Championship Results

Final results for the 2021 State Urban Junior Championships held in Mooroopna on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 March 2021 are now available. Grand Aggregate Results: 2021 Champion Team - Melton A Melton… (read more)
Mar 17, 2021 4323

March 2021 Newsletter

Stay Connected and Involved By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer It is normally this time of year that I reflect on the current Fire Season as we enter the home stretch of our summer fire… (read more)
Mar 15, 2021 4980

Hamilton Air Base volunteer to be honoured

VFBV Media Release - March 2021 Volunteer fire fighting in the Hamilton and Dunkeld regions has lost one of its most dedicated supporters in Leighton Wraith but his legacy will live on. Mr Wraith,… (read more)
Mar 14, 2021 4428

Mental Health Matters Workshops

The Mental Health Matters one-day program, hosted by ESF with support from the State Government, will bring together volunteers from across Victoria’s emergency service sector to discuss how we can… (read more)
Mar 11, 2021 5533

Volunteers - Uncovering the hidden value

Victoria's Emergency Management Volunteers contribute a conservative indicative value of $1.9 - $2.5 billion dollars of value to Victoria every year. VFBV has worked tirelessly alongside our partners… (read more)
Mar 05, 2021 4214

International Women's Day 2021

This International Women’s Day, VFBV wants to celebrate the women who contribute so much to VFBV, CFA, emergency services and their communities. The theme for International Women’s Day in 2021 is… (read more)
Feb 12, 2021 4584

IGEM Fire Season Inquiry Community Meetings Postponed

The Inspector-General for Emergency Management has advised that they will be postponing the following Victorian Fire Season Inquiry community meetings scheduled for 15–17 February in accordance with… (read more)
Feb 12, 2021 4768

Mental health support is available for CFA volunteers and other Victorian emergency workers

If you have a work-related mental health injury, it’s important to get treatment early. The Provisional Payment pilot allows CFA volunteers and other emergency services workers to access payments for… (read more)
Feb 12, 2021 4592

February 2021 Newsletter

Tapping into our pioneering spirit By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Thank-you to all members who participated in our most recent annual VFBV Volunteer Welfare and Efficiency Survey. The… (read more)
Jan 28, 2021 5067

Australia Day Honours 2021

Included in the 2021 Australia Day Honours list announced on 26 January 2021 was five CFA members who were awarded the Australian Fire Services Medal (AFSM) in recognition of their contribution to… (read more)
Jan 18, 2021 5355

January 2021 Newsletter

Black Summer recovery progress By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Welcome to a new year, and good riddance to the one just gone. I don’t think very many of us will look back on 2020 with… (read more)
Dec 18, 2020 5958

2021 State Championships Registration and Entry Forms

Registration and entries are now open for all the 2021 State Championships. - State Urban Junior Championship, 20 & 21 March 2021 - State Urban Senior Championship, 27 & 28 March 2021 - State Rural… (read more)
Dec 18, 2020 4601

Mooroopna to host all State Championships on consecutive weekends next March

For the first time in their history, all CFA / VFBV State Championship events are scheduled for the same venue on consecutive weekends in March 2021. Planning is already well underway for Mooroopna… (read more)
Dec 17, 2020 5109

December 2020 Newsletter

Embracing Mission Command By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer In last month’s column I referred to CFA’s ‘little red book’ and spoke of the contribution of CFA’s first full-time Chairperson… (read more)
Dec 16, 2020 5061

Independent Advisory Committee - Applications Sought

Earlier this month, the Victorian Liberal/National parties announced the commencement of community consultation to engage directly with CFA volunteers and other key stakeholders in the development of… (read more)
Dec 04, 2020 4639

International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day is held each year on 5 December, as a chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, share their values and promote their work. International… (read more)
Nov 25, 2020 4770

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The United Nations initiative of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence begins on 25 November and runs until 10 December annually. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence… (read more)
Nov 13, 2020 4824

November 2020 Newsletter

Be an active contributor By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Many of you would be familiar with Brigadier Richard Thomas Eason and his introduction and contribution to CFA’s ‘little red… (read more)
Nov 13, 2020 5447

COVID-19 Resources

These resources are being regularly updated and revised as new information becomes available. Updated 13 January 2021 to include recent changes to restrictions. Updated 17 December 2020 to include… (read more)
Nov 10, 2020 5366

CONSULTATION: CFA Child Safe Policies and Procedure

CFA has commenced consultation on the following 2 draft policies and 1 procedure -all relating to Child Safety. All brigades, groups and individuals are encouraged to contribute to this review and… (read more)
Nov 06, 2020 5401

Commonwealth Royal Commission Final Report

VFBV welcomes the release of the Commonwealth’s Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements final report. The Commission’s final report makes 80 recommendations to improve… (read more)
Nov 02, 2020 6028

VFBV Welcomes new CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan

STATEMENT 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… (read more)
Oct 30, 2020 7412

NOW OPEN – 2020 VFBV Volunteer Welfare & Efficiency Survey

The 2020 VFBV Volunteer Welfare and Efficiency Survey is now open to all CFA volunteers. CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY. The survey is an annual snapshot of volunteer opinion, which includes 33… (read more)
Oct 21, 2020 4969

Planning for CFA/VFBV Firefighter Competition and Championship Season

Planning for the 2020/2021 Firefighter Competition season and CFA/VFBV State Firefighter Annual Championships is well underway, with the goal of holding the events early in 2021. Committees for the… (read more)
Oct 19, 2020 4876

October 2020 Newsletter

Volunteer Empowerment and Feedback By Adam Barnett, Chief Executive Officer Volunteers run one of the largest and most expansive networks of volunteer consultative forums in the State. Through an… (read more)
Oct 09, 2020 6432

VFBV VESEP Support

The 2020 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) has been extended until the 16 November 2020 to help Brigades and Groups have more time to organise their applications due to the COVID… (read more)
Oct 05, 2020 5686

Nominations open for 2021 AFSM

Nominations are now open for the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) to be awarded as part of the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Awards. The AFSM honours the distinguished service of members of fire… (read more)
Sep 21, 2020 5204

2020/21 Championships

With the current COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria, it is still not clear whether we will be conducting local competitions or State Championships next year. VFBV however is planning for the best-case… (read more)
Sep 16, 2020 5018

September 2020 Newsletter

Volunteer consultation must be strengthened By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer There is an old 14th century saying that means “misery loves company” that is often used light-heartedly to… (read more)
Sep 03, 2020 5592

Commonwealth Royal Commission Interim Observations

The Commonwealth Royal Commission has this week published its interim observations. These observations are intended to share its present perspectives as the Commission approaches the final stages of… (read more)
Sep 01, 2020 5011

Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: September - November 2020

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) has released the Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: September – November 2020. The seasonal outlook is predicting that the… (read more)
Aug 19, 2020 5482

August 2020 Newsletter

You are not alone By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer On day of writing, Melbourne and surrounds are entering Stage 4 COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, with the remaining areas of Victoria… (read more)
Aug 18, 2020 7053

COVID-19 Financial Support Resources

Information concerning financial support and recovery assistance is very dynamic and frequently being updated. Below is a snapshot of current resources available to assist with member enquiries. We… (read more)
Jul 15, 2020 6322

July 2020 Newsletter

Working together to build CFA 2.0 By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer July 1 should have been a date we celebrated the rise of two proud and strong Victorian fire services. CFA volunteers… (read more)
Jul 09, 2020 8832

CFA Update: COVID-19 - Stage 3 Restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire

The update below was issued by CFA's Pandemic Management Team, 8 July 2020 and is reproduced here in full. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions will… (read more)
Jul 02, 2020 5658

VFBV Welcomes Opposition CFA Policy Announcement

CEO STATEMENT - VFBV WELCOMES OPPOSITION CFA POLICY ANNOUNCEMENT Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria welcomes this morning’s announcement by the leader of the opposition Mr Michael O’Brien that an… (read more)
Jun 30, 2020 5505

Volunteer firefighters across Geelong region express anger and disappointment ahead of 1 July break up of CFA - VFBV District 7 Council Media Release

Media release from VFBV District 7 Council Friday 26 June 2020: Volunteer firefighters across the Geelong region have expressed their anger and disappointment at the lack of information addressing… (read more)
Jun 25, 2020 6032

VFBV Stands in Solidarity with Trafalgar and Westbury Fire Brigades

As previously advised on the 4th June, the Government introduced an Amendment Bill into Parliament to amend their FRV boundaries. These amendments are being made through the “Police and Emergency… (read more)
Jun 25, 2020 6613

CFA Package Announced by Government

Released shortly after Chief Officer Steven Warrington's AFSM resignation was announced by the CFA Board. The following message was issued by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services to all CFA… (read more)
Jun 24, 2020 5135

Send a message of support to CFA volunteers

If you would like to send a message of support to CFA volunteers you can email vfbv@vfbv.com.au To keep up to date with VFBV and CFA volunteers you can also sign up to receive our email newsletter… (read more)
Jun 24, 2020 5703

How to contact your local MP

If you wish to contact your local MP to show your support for CFA volunteers, contact details including email addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers for all Members of Parliament can be found… (read more)
Jun 24, 2020 6143

Broken Promises and Disappointment

By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Published June 2020. Last year when the Governments Fire Services (Reform) legislation was passed by Parliament, VFBV made a commitment. We committed to… (read more)
Jun 24, 2020 5087

CFA Volunteer Firefighters double crossed by Victorian Government - VFBV District Council 23 Media Release

Media Release from VFBV District Council 23. North East CFA volunteer firefighters are alarmed, angry & frustrated that the State government is deliberately nobbling the newly structured CFA. “A few… (read more)
Jun 22, 2020 4466

National Natural Disaster Royal Commission Issues Paper - Firefighting and Emergency Services Personnel and Equipment

The National Natural Disaster Royal Commission has released an Issues Paper on Firefighting and Emergency Services Personnel and Equipment and is inviting responses to the ten questions posed in the… (read more)
Jun 11, 2020 5682

June 2020 Newsletter

Broken Promises and Disappointment By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Last year when the Governments Fire Services (Reform) legislation was passed by Parliament, VFBV made a commitment. We… (read more)
Jun 09, 2020 4857

Queen's Birthday Honours 2020

Included in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list announced on 8 June 2020 was three CFA members who were awarded the Australian Fire Services Medal (AFSM) in recognition of their contribution to… (read more)
May 29, 2020 4741

Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements

This page will be updated regularly as information comes to hand. (Updated 11 June 2020 with details of the second block of public hearings; updated 22 Jun 2020 with details of new issues paper… (read more)
May 27, 2020 4525

National Reconciliation Week 2020: In This Together

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving… (read more)
May 18, 2020 6450

National Volunteer Week 2020

Victorians are being urged to remember the life-changing efforts of volunteer firefighters during National Volunteer Week. Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) CEO Adam Barnett said the… (read more)
May 15, 2020 4998

2019-20 Bushfire History Project

The Royal Commission into the National Natural Disaster Arrangements is inviting contributions towards the 2019-20 Bushfire History Project. The 2019-20 Bushfire History Project is an opportunity for… (read more)
May 08, 2020 7956

May 2020 Newsletter

Reflect and honour By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer This month marks two very special days for volunteers. The first of course was 4 May which is St Florian’s day and our annual… (read more)
May 03, 2020 6339

Annual Memorial

Today (Sunday 3rd May) would have been the day this year that the CFA Memorial Service would have been held. COVID-19 restrictions have obviously made that impossible this year. However I would… (read more)
Apr 10, 2020 5474

Good Friday Appeal

Over many years of support, CFA members have raised more than $34 million for the Good Friday Appeal, to support the Royal Children's Hospital with their life saving care for our kids. This year,… (read more)
Apr 09, 2020 5190

April 2020 Newsletter

Agility and Resilience By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer I want to acknowledge the incredibly difficult and challenging period we are all working through. Without a moment to catch our… (read more)
Apr 09, 2020 5501

16/17 Year Old Members Survey - Closing Date Extension

As members would be aware, the submission survey commenced in December 2019. Due to the high level of operational activity over the fire season, the closing date for submissions has again been… (read more)
Apr 06, 2020 5274

Federal and State Inquiries

On the 6th April, State Council requested that both the Federal and State bushfire inquiries that were established earlier this year extend the period available for volunteers to make submission.… (read more)
Mar 31, 2020 5600

COVID-19 Financial Support Resources

Information concerning financial support and recovery assistance is very dynamic and frequently being updated. Below is a snapshot of current resources available to assist with member enquiries. We… (read more)
Mar 27, 2020 7333

COVID-19

These resources are being regularly updated as revised information becomes available. (Updated: 11/09/2020 to include new updates from CFA. | Updated: 11/08/2020 to include new updates from CFA and… (read more)
Mar 18, 2020 4854

State Championship Cancellation

The following member communique was sent to members on Saturday 14th March 2020: Dear Members, As many would be aware, CFA announced last night that the State Championships to be held in Mooroopna on… (read more)
Mar 12, 2020 4900

March 2020 Newsletter

Response to recovery By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer Two significant milestones were reached over the last two weeks. On the 19th February, after 90 days of sustained activity – the… (read more)
Mar 06, 2020 4795

International Women's Day 2020

Sunday March 8 is International Women’s Day, and Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria wish to recognise the women who contribute so much to VFBV, CFA, Emergency Services and their communities. The theme… (read more)
Mar 04, 2020 4966

Seeking Expressions of Interest - Combined District 8 and District 13 Recovery Task Force

VFBV District Council 8 in conjunction with VFBV District Council 13 is working to assist recovery efforts for fire impacted communities in Eastern and North-eastern Victoria. Over the coming weeks,… (read more)
Feb 24, 2020 5155

2020 State Urban Junior Championship Results

Final results for the 2020 State Urban Junior Championships held in Horsham on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February 2020 are now available. Grand Aggregate Results: 2020 Champion Team - Harvey A Harvey… (read more)
Feb 21, 2020 5405

2002 State Urban Junior Championship

The 2020 State Urban Junior Championships will be held this coming Saturday and Sunday, 22nd and 23rd February 2020 in Horsham. Come and see tomorrow’s CFA volunteers proudly demonstrate their… (read more)
Feb 18, 2020 5267

February 2020 Newsletter

Volunteer Time is Priceless By Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer The anniversary of February 7 2009 stands as a stark reminder that our fire season still has a way to go yet. Each year we… (read more)
Feb 10, 2020 5625

Emergency Service Women to be acknowledged at Women’s T20 World Cup Final

Victoria’s emergency service women will be acknowledged on International Women’s Day at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final at the MCG, on Sunday 8 March 2020. A bay at the MCG has been reserved so… (read more)
Feb 04, 2020 5512

Fire Services Reform - Member Update

FIRE SERVICES REFORM MEMBER UPDATE # 3 / 3 FEBRUARY 2019 This News Note supplements the previous two updates provided on the 11th September 2019, 1st November 2019 and our updates via Firewise and… (read more)
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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:30

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UPDATE OCTOBER 2016 – WA Parliament passes firefighters’ cancer law for volunteers

WA Passes Firefighters' Cancer Law

The Western Australian Parliament has just passed its Firefighters’ Cancer Law for volunteers, adding to the momentum of presumptive legislation around the country and the pressure for legislation in Victoria.

Tell your MPs it is time for presumptive legislation in Victoria that lists the same 12 cancers named in other States, treats career and volunteer firefighters equally, and includes retrospective coverage for firefighters who have already been diagnosed.

Presumptive legislation works by reversing the onus of proof.  The cancer is presumed to be work related provided it is one of 12 listed cancers and the firefighter has sufficient years of service.  

The WA legislation was supported by the Liberal National Government, the Labor Opposition, Upper House Greens and independent MPs, however it does not match the standard set by Queensland and South Australia, which treat career and volunteer firefighters equally.

Unlike their career colleagues, WA volunteers are expected to show they have attended at least five hazardous fires – structure and vehicle fires - each year for five years.

Victorian firefighters are still waiting for the legislation they were promised, and there are still unanswered questions. 

Before the 2014 State Election, Labor announced that “Victorian legislation for career and volunteer firefighters will reflect the cancers covered and timeframes for duty of service as in the Tasmanian legislation” and explicitly contained no reference to unequal treatment or extra eligibility requirements for volunteers.  However, the Government’s letters to volunteers since the election have hinted that it is considering imposing a requirement for an arbitrary number of turnouts before a volunteer becomes eligible for compensation.

Your local MPs need to know that volunteers are tired of waiting and will not accept being treated differently just because they are not paid.

Find your Member of Parliament's contact details here.

Find your Upper House Members of Parliament here.

 

Notes for Volunteers – 12 October 2015

Firefighters’ Cancer Law – it’s time for action in Victoria

Victorian Government promises legislation, but with a disturbing lack of detail

It is time for action; Queensland has passed legislation for fairer and simpler cancer compensation that treats volunteers and staff equally, while Victorian volunteers have been given promises, but no details and no action.

CFA volunteers have been told the Victorian Government will bring in legislation in 2016, but there are few details and significant unanswered questions;

  •          Will the legislation be retrospective – if a volunteer is diagnosed with cancer today, will they be protected?
  •          Will the legislation treat career and volunteer firefighters equally?  Queensland and South Australian legislation does, but the older, out of date legislation in Tasmania does not.

Volunteers across Victoria need to show the Government that like Queensland and South Australian volunteers, they won’t accept extra eligibility requirements such as arbitrary turnout thresholds that apply to volunteers but not their career colleagues.

Victoria’s now Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services, James Merlino, said at a volunteer rally on 15 June 2014, ‘there shouldn’t be any reason why we have to wait for presumptive rights legislation here in Victoria’, which leaves volunteers wondering why we are still waiting.

QUEENSLAND AND SOUTH AUSTRALIA HAVE SHOWN HOW IT IS DONE

Queensland passed its presumptive legislation for fairer and simpler cancer compensation for firefighters on 17 September 2015.

The Queensland legislation treats career and volunteer firefighters equally, and names the same 12 cancers and years of service requirements as are listed in the legislation already introduced by the Commonwealth and most States.  It is the law that the incoming Victorian Government promised CFA volunteers before the 2014 State Election.

Queensland has followed the other Parliaments in recognising that firefighters are more prone to certain types of cancer, and removing a long standing barrier that blocks sick firefighters from receiving the cancer compensation to which they are entitled.

Queensland’s legislation reverses the onus of proof.  The cancer is presumed to be work related, provided it is one of 12 listed cancers and the firefighter has sufficient years of service.   

This legislation is not a free ride; the firefighter’s claim can still be rejected if it can be proved that the cancer was not related to firefighting duties.

QLD VOLUNTEERS TREATED FAIRLY DESPITE UFU CAMPAIGN AGAINST THEM

Queensland’s law was passed after a Parliamentary Committee compared the issues, including the Labor Government’s proposal for a discriminatory extra requirement that volunteers show 150 exposure incidents before they qualify for compensation; a relic from the out of date Tasmanian law.

VFBV provided a submission, calling for legislation treating career and volunteer firefighters equally while listing the same 12 cancers and years-of-service requirements used in the Commonwealth and other States’ legislation.

Disappointingly, the United Firefighters’ Union of Australia’s submission to the Queensland Parliamentary Committee called for volunteers to show “a specified minimum of exposure incidents (150)”, but no such requirement for the staff working alongside them.

The UFU submission was surprising given that VFBV and UFU have been pursuing a joint campaign in Victoria since 2012 to ensure all Victorian career and volunteer firefighters are provided with access to their rightful entitlements in the event that they contract cancer.

Queensland’s Parliamentary Committee dropped the discriminatory extra requirement that volunteers show 150 exposure incidents, before the legislation went to a vote.

The Queensland legislation as passed on 17 September 2015.  The Chair of the Parliamentary Committee, Labor MP Di Farmer, told the Queensland Parliament, “We were unable to identify any scientific basis for the inclusion of the 150 exposure incidents as being the appropriate measure for exposure by volunteer rural firefighters.”

THE SITUATION IN VICTORIA

Victoria and NSW are the only States left with no legislation to help firefighters with cancer.

Victorian firefighters still face the near impossible barrier that all of the burden of proof is on them.  The sick firefighter is expected to come up with the evidence, often more than exists in CFA’s own files, when the cause of their cancer could be a fire or chemical spill 10 or 15 years ago.

Before the 2014 State Election, Victorian Labor announced that “Victorian legislation for career and volunteer firefighters will reflect the cancers covered and timeframes for duty of service as in the Tasmanian legislation” and explicitly contained no reference to unequal treatment or extra eligibility requirements for volunteers.

Since the election, the new Government has promised to introduce legislation in 2016, but has not come up with any details, leaving significant unanswered questions.  The Government has told the media it is talking to stakeholders, although VFBV’s most recent letter to the Minister on presumptive legislation remains unanswered.

The State Government is well aware of our concerns over any possible discrimination in the form of extra eligibility requirements that only apply to volunteers, however, the Government’s letters to a number of volunteers since the election have hinted that it is considering imposing a requirement for an arbitrary number of turnouts before a volunteer becomes eligible for compensation.

WHAT VOLUNTEERS CAN DO NOW   

Speak up now.  Don’t wait until you know a volunteer who has cancer, and don’t wait until the State Government introduces discriminatory or inadequate legislation for Victoria.

  •          Ask your local Member of Parliament for their support – go and see them, write them a letter or send an email
  •          Raise the issue with your local media
  •          Post a comment or a meme on Facebook
  •          Talk to other volunteers and encourage them to speak up now

Call (03) 9886 1141 or talk to your VFBV State Councillor if you need advice, assistance or your local MP or newspaper’s contact details.

Questions to ask your State MP:

  •          Do they support presumptive legislation that treats career and volunteer firefighters equally?
  •          Do they support presumptive legislation that is retrospective, so volunteers are covered if they have cancer now, or are diagnosed before the legislation is passed?
  •          Will the MP raise the issue in Parliament now and call for an end to the delay?

For CFA volunteers suffering from work related cancer, the promised Victorian legislation can’t come fast enough, and it important that all CFA volunteers send a simple message to Members on both sides of Parliament; we are sick of waiting.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The cancers and years-of-service eligibility requirements that appear in the Commonwealth and other States’ legislation are;

Primary site brain cancer (5 years)

Primary site testicular cancer (10 years)

Primary site bladder cancer (15 years)

Multiple myeloma (15 years)

Primary site kidney cancer (15 years)

Primary site prostate cancer (15 years)

Primary non-Hodgkins lymphoma (15 years)

Primary site ureter cancer (15 years)

Primary leukaemia (5 years)

Primary site colorectal cancer (15 years)

Primary site breast cancer (10 years)

Primary site oesophageal cancer (25 years)

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Monday, 19 September 2016 00:00

VFBV Volunteer Welfare Fund for the long haul

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FROM THE FIREMAN - NOVEMBER 2010

The VFBV Welfare Fund has had some undeserved bad press in recent weeks – bad press that potentially could have interfered with its important, long term job of helping volunteers in need.

The VFBV Welfare Fund is volunteer-run, reports to the VFBV Board, has its governance and finance reviewed each year by an independent external auditor, and operates according to Australian Taxation Office rules. It provides small cash grants at short notice, to assist CFA volunteers who face significant financial hardship.

The bad press came in the form of a newspaper article that seemed to be based on the incorrect assumption that the Fund had been given a State Government grant of $2 million to be distributed immediately. The article accused VFBV of “sitting on” the money. 

The article missed the fact that a different fund, the VFBV Black Saturday Volunteer Recovery Fund, had the role of quickly accumulating donations and distributing assistance to volunteers who had lost their homes, businesses or other significant assets to the Black Saturday Fires. That VFBV-run fund did its job in a matter of months, raising and distributing more than $850,000 to hundreds of volunteers.

The article also missed the fact that the VFBV Welfare Fund is a different type of fund, designed to last indefinitely, and needs to be backed by invested funds to do its job.

VFBV did the groundwork of setting up the Fund, including making representations to the State Government that resulted in a one-off grant of $2 million to be invested so the Fund would have a regular income.

The interest from that investment keeps the Fund’s resources ahead of inflation and provides income that can be paid out as grants to volunteers in need. That healthy investment income has also allowed the Committee of Management to reduce the cost of subscription to just $85 per year for each member brigade.

In its first two calendar years of operation (from October 2008), the VFBV Welfare Fund maintained its capital base, while distributing over $200,000 to assist more than 70 CFA volunteers in need.

The Fund is now in its third financial year, and well on its way to having two thirds of all CFA volunteer brigades subscribe as members.

HOW THE FUND WORKS

The VFBV Welfare Fund enables member brigades to access small welfare grants for CFA volunteers, former volunteer members and their families, who are experiencing significant financial hardship.

Subscribing brigades can apply for a grant by obtaining an application pack, then forwarding the necessary information to the VFBV Welfare Fund’s Committee of Management, which is made up of long-serving CFA volunteers. Decisions are usually made within a few days and any approved grant is forwarded to the brigade.

The process is confidential, and the Committee of Management stays in touch with the brigade in case additional help is needed. The Fund can also organise financial counselling, where required.

Typical recipients include volunteers and their families, or long-serving former volunteers, who face significant financial hardship because of prolonged illness, bereavement, loss of earnings or the travel and accommodation costs associated with supporting a relative in hospital.

The VFBV Welfare Fund offers brigades a quick way to get financial help to a volunteer, which is a benefit to the brigade as well as the volunteer and their family.

It can save a close-knit local brigade the heartache of wanting to help a mate in significant financial hardship, but facing the difficult task of raising two or three thousand dollars in a hurry.

Not one cent of the VFBV Welfare Fund or its income is spent on administration or other VFBV costs. Every cent is dedicated to helping members in need, and thanks to its invested capital base, the Fund will be providing that help to volunteers for generations to come.

HOW TO BE INVOLVED

Donations to the Fund from individuals or organisations are both welcome and tax deductible, and the VFBV Welfare Fund does not pay administration costs – those are met by VFBV.

Any VFBV-affiliated brigade can subscribe to the fund, and the number of member brigades has risen with each year - VFBV expects two thirds of CFA brigades will take up the option to subscribe this year. Affiliation with VFBV costs an average of about $80, depending on the classification of the brigade.

Brigades wishing to subscribe to the Fund or apply for assistance for one of their volunteers can contact the Fund on (03) 9886 1141.

To return to the VFBV website, click here

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Thursday, 15 September 2016 00:00

VESEP Resources: VFBV Helps with Your Application

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The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) offers grants up to a maximum of $100,000 excluding GST.  VESEP contributes $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the Brigade or Group.

BE READY FOR POSSIBLE FUTURE FUNDING ROUNDS: See below for VFBV's 2016 VESEP APPLICATION HELP PACK and case studies to show you how

About the Program

The million program offers State Government grants of up to $100,000 each, for trucks, equipment and building works. The grants are on a two-for-one basis, giving three dollars in spending power for every one dollar raised by the Brigade and local community.

Eligible volunteer groups include CFA, VICSES, Life Saving Victoria and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (see www.emv.vic.gov.au for other eligible organisations).

VFBV was directly involved in the design of the VESEP program and its later expansion to include small equipment for training and operational use, and the program is now in its 16th year, supporting emergency service volunteers who play a crucial role in responding and assisting their fellow Victorians in times of emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The financial support provided by the Government recognises the invaluable support Victorian communities continue to provide to their local agencies.

VFBV support for your Brigade's application

Each year, VFBV provides support to Brigade and Groups in preparing their applications.

At the bottom of this page you will find copies of VFBV’s 2016 Application Help Pack and case studies from past years that include useful tips and advice from Brigades whose applications were successful. We also offer personalised advice for Brigade/Groups that might have questions or are after guidance with their application. Members can contact a VFBV Support Officer or State Councillor to discuss, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll put in you in touch with someone who can help.

Additional support is available from CFA’s Project Coordinator Diane Frost (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 03 9262 8630) or your operations manager. Program details are also available on Brigades Online (Brigade > Property & Equipment > Brigade Owned Vehicles > VESEP).

One important tip is to start early: look at what your Brigade and community will need and start planning for fundraising and the VESEP application.  This takes a lot of the pressure off you if a future funding round is announced with just a short window to make applications.

Updated 11 March 2016 - Here's a list of Victorian MPs who have signed the pledge to support firefighters with cancer and vote for non-discriminatory presumptive legislation for all Victorian firefighters.

Members of Parliament - If you've signed but are not listed here, or if you would like to sign the pledge, contact VFBV on (03) 9886 1141.

Volunteers - If your local MPs have not yet signed the pledge, see our Presumptive Legislation page to download a copy and see more information on the firefighters' cancer issue.

Member (in alphabetical order)

Electorate

Neil Angus

Forest Hill

Gary Blackwood

Narracan

Tim Bull

Gippsland East

Brad Battin

Gembrook

Roma Britnell

South West Coast

Neale Burgess

Hastings

Robert Clark

Box Hill

Peter Crisp

Mildura

Martin Dixon

Nepean

Margaret Fitzherbert

Southern Metropolitan

Christine Fyffe

Evelyn

Matthew Guy

Bulleen

Colleen Hartland

Western Metropolitan

Andrew Katos

South Barwon

Emma Kealy

Lowan

Wendy Lovell

Northern Victoria

Tim McCurdy

Ovens Valley

Cindy McLeish

Eildon

David Morris

Mornington

Russell Northe

Morwell

Danny O’Brien

Gippsland South

Craig Ondarchie

Northern Metropolitan

Brian Paynter

Bass

John Pesutto

Hawthorn

Simon Ramsay

Western Victoria

Dee Ryall

Ringwood

Steph Ryan

Euroa

Ryan Smith

Warrandyte

Tim Smith

Kew

David Southwick

Caulfield

Louise Staley

Ripon

Murray Thompson

Sandringham

Bill Tilley

Benambra

Heidi Victoria

Bayswater

Nick Wakeling

Ferntree Gully

Peter Walsh

Murray Plains

Kim Wells

Rowville

Mary Wooldridge

Eastern Metropolitan

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00

VFBV's Letter to all State MPs - 28 September 2015

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Since the submission date for the Inquiry closed, and following detailed discussion at VFBV State Council in September, VFBV has written to all Victorian Members of Parliament with a summary of our submission to the State Government’s Fire Services Review – see below for a copy of the letter.

The letter includes an introduction to the broader issues and a list of points that volunteers are particularly concerned about.

VFBV has also offered to have volunteer representatives meet with any MPs who would like to discuss the issues or learn more about volunteers’ concerns at the state level or in their local area. 

MPs are invited to call the VFBV office on (03) 9886 1141 if they would like to make contact with their local CFA volunteer delegates.

 

VFBV'S Letter to all State MPs, dated 28 September 2015

Dear Member

VFBV submission to the State Government’s Fire Services Review

As the association representing CFA volunteers, VFBV has recently made an extensive submission to the Fire Services Review. The VFBV submission and relevant material is available via the VFBV website (visit www.vfbv.com.au) and I encourage you to visit our website to read or download this material, as it explains a number of key matters about which volunteers feel very strongly.

Perceptions about the Review’s focus, process and background context have given rise to significant anxiety amongst Victoria’s volunteers, particularly over a number of principles fundamental to CFA’s future success as a volunteer based organisation.

The key and critical principles that volunteers find essential are the following:

♦ The obligations, duties and aspirations both express and implied in the CFA Volunteer Charter as recognised in the current CFA Act and the maintenance of Section 6 of the Act are fundamental to CFA volunteerism and its success in delivering CFA services to the people of Victoria. Critically, flowing from these and in recognition of the core role volunteers play in Victoria’s emergency management, any decision making that may impact on volunteers at any level of government or its agencies must incorporate volunteers in that process and the effects on volunteer capacity must be a clear, transparent and fair feature of such decision making.

♦ Recognition of the importance that the CFA Board has strong volunteer expertise, knowledge and understanding of CFA volunteerism must continue and the engagement of volunteers through current arrangements for volunteer nomination to and level of representation on the CFA Board as currently provided. These arrangements are central to the engagement and utilisation of volunteer knowledge and experience.

♦ The CFA must have genuine ability and empowerment to govern and manage resource decisions, including internal resource allocation and prioritisation of support to volunteers consistent with its current statutory obligations. This includes the powers of the Chief Officer to determine all operational and related matters free of external interference save from the requirements of the CFA Act as currently set out and the statutory role of the Emergency Management Commissioner.

♦ Active removal of external interference and arrangements (including those affecting CFA, EMV and Government) that impede, or block volunteers from being genuinely involved in decision making on all matters which may impact on them including proposed legislation and the adequacy of resources to enable volunteers to deliver the agreed services. 

♦ The CFA Budget and priorities must be established at a level and grow as required with such spending and resource priorities so as to ensure that volunteers maintain and continue to grow their capacity to provide CFA services to the people of urban and rural Victoria and provide Victoria with a high level surge capacity to deal with emergencies across the state. The determination and order of budget priorities consistent with this must be determined without inappropriate external interference or influence, and consistent with its statutory, governance and administrative accountabilities, obligations and requirements.

♦ CFA Budget priorities must ensure that there is sufficient resourcing to provide volunteers with best possible access to necessary training, up to date facilities and equipment including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), communications and vehicles, legal protection, and appropriate financial compensation for injury, illness and personal loss sustained during service to the people of Victoria.

♦ There must be transparency with regard to the determination, collection and expenditure of the Fire Services Levy (FSL).

♦ The total additional cost of any additional initiatives determined by government and not conforming to the order of CFA determined priorities must be resourced separately by government for the duration of the initiative and must not interfere in any way with CFA meeting its resource priorities for encouraging, maintaining and strengthening the capacity of volunteers to deliver CFA services to Victoria.

♦ CFA high level resourcing priorities must include volunteer support and capacity strengthening, including appropriate expansion of the BASO program, training and skills maintenance including first aid training, leadership development, and provision of EMR services to the public by volunteers, fixing communications problems and cyclic vehicle/appliance replacement.

♦ A culture of respect for volunteers, including ensuring there is no discrimination nor any barriers against volunteers simply because they are not paid. This includes barriers to the roles volunteers perform; access to training for volunteers demonstrating a willingness and capacity for higher level training; or utilisation and acceptance of volunteers’ authority and role in command and control within CFA and the broader emergency services.  There should also be a leadership culture of active intolerance to any discrimination against volunteers based on their volunteer status.

♦ Acceptance that appropriately trained and experienced volunteers can carry out duties of any designation within CFA and Victoria’s emergency management sector and proactive effort to engage their active utilisation in such roles. 

♦ Active encouragement and facilitation of individual volunteers demonstrating a willingness and capacity for high level training and utilisation in command and control and other CFA roles for training, building experience and sustaining qualifications, including for IMTs and the highest levels in incident control.

♦ Government and CFA’s active public and institutional promotion and demonstrated respect for CFA (and other emergency service) volunteers and the essential role they play in Victoria’s safety including advocacy against public attacks made on volunteers.

In summary, volunteers are particularly concerned about:

  • Erosion of CFA’s ability to govern, manage resource decisions and allocate appropriate priority to resourcing/supporting the capacity of volunteers to deliver CFA services
  • Erosion of the CFA Chief Officer’s statutory powers and operational decision making ability 
  • The need to improve consultation with volunteers and/or the representation of volunteer knowledge and expertise at key decision forums in any future arrangements
  • Erosion of the obligations, intent and authority of the CFA Volunteer Charter and/or the practical application of the CFA Volunteer Charter
  • Any decision making processes at CFA, EMV or Government that impact on volunteers but block volunteers out of the process
  • Any cuts to CFA budget relating to volunteer support and volunteer capacity building forced because of the need to pay for externally imposed or new commitments 
  • Any failure to fully additionally fund externally imposed or new commitments  for the life of the commitment
  • Ensuring adequate investment in resources for training of volunteers and for volunteer equipment, facilities, personal protection, service related injury/illness compensation etc.
  • Any diversion of funding raised through the Fire Service Levy and the Government’s related share to other cost areas
  • Continuation of industrial agreements that establish power of veto that overrides legitimate CFA decision making or block CFA progressing volunteer support initiatives, resource allocation and CFA organisational structure
  • External direction to CFA Board or management that is not transparent, justifiable and consistent with legislation
  • Resourcing priorities and funding allocation decisions that ignore more cost effective and reliably beneficial opportunities to encourage, maintain and strengthen the capacity of volunteers to deliver CFA services (specifically referencing section 6i of the CFA Act)
  • Any discrimination in the roles volunteers can perform, training opportunities for volunteers or recognition of volunteers’ skills/expertise simply because they are not paid
  • Failure to positively advocate the essential nature, benefits and professional capacity of the CFA volunteer based system.

If decisions are made that are not consistent with these principles and concerns, we fear the consequence will be a legacy of diminished emergency management volunteer capacity for Victoria. Our desire and commitment is to work with you towards a positive atmosphere so that volunteers can focus their energy on continuing to provide dedicated services to the community and prepare for the forthcoming summer.

Volunteers want certainty about the real respect and commitment of all key decision makers across Government and institutions to the service they currently provide day and night, every day of the year.

Volunteers want it known that they are committed to the safety of the communities they serve and will strongly resist changes that they feel are not in the best interests of their community.

I am hopeful that you find the VFBV submission to the Fire Services Review and the points outlined above useful to our continuing endeavour to keep all Victorian MPs well informed about matters of fundamental importance to volunteers.

As always I would be more than happy to discuss these matters with you at your convenience.

Yours Sincerely,

Andrew Ford

Chief Executive Officer

 

<Click here to return to the Fire Services Review Submission page>

Attention: CFA Volunteers

The open letter from Minister Jane Garrett (below) was received by VFBV this afternoon for circulation to our volunteer communications networks.

Please assist by forwarding the Ministers open letter to fellow CFA volunteers.

In addition to the Ministers invitation for submissions by members of the public and CFA Brigades, VFBV will make a detailed submission. VFBV District Councils are already in the process of facilitating as much discussion as possible within the timeframe provided by the review.  

I encourage your active input to VFBV discussion and/or direct input to the Fire Services Review via details provided in the Minister’s Open Letter (attached).   David O’Byrne has advised that submissions can be made on a confidential basis and I encourage volunteers to provide input no matter how brief or detailed. 

Andrew Ford

Chief Executive Officer

Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria

 


A message from Emergency Services Minister Jane Garrett to Victoria's volunteer firefighters

The work you do as CFA volunteers makes a vital contribution to keeping our state safe.

You have Victoria's enduring thanks for the countless times you have protected lives and property in the face of natural disasters.

As you know, the Andrews Labor Government has commissioned a review into Victoria's firefighting services. This will ensure Victoria maintains its world-class fire services.

Some people think this review is designed to amalgamate the CFA and the MFB.

I'm writing to you to assure you that this is not the case and that this idea is not on the government's agenda.

Victoria’s fire services and their boundaries will remain intact.

The review will focus on major issues facing fire agencies. This includes identifying the support volunteer brigades require to remain viable into the future.

As part of this, the reviewer Mr David O'Byrne is talking to people across our fires services community, including Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria.

Members of the public, including volunteer brigades can make submissions via the dedicated Fire Services Review webpage: https://myviews.justice.vic.gov.au/fireservicesreview or in writing to the Fire Services Review, Level 30, 121 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000.

Submissions will be taken until the 31st of August as the review is due to be finalised before the beginning of the fire season.

If you have any queries in relation to the review, please contact the review secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Click here to return to VFBV's Fire Services Review page

Wednesday, 12 August 2015 00:00

Fire Services Review (FSR) – Media

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The Fire Services Review has attracted a number of stories and comments in the media;

Herald Sun - Tuesday, 11 August 2015 - Volunteer Fireys Fear Divide

The Age, Letters Page - Wednesday, 12 August 2015 - Firing up the CFA

 

Click here to return to the Fire Services Review page

The 2015 Volunteer Welfare & Efficiency Surveyis now open until 31 August - to complete the survey now click here.

The Victorian Emergency Service Association (VESA) invites all VICSES volunteers to take part in a volunteer-run survey that will better equip your association to advise VICSES and Government on what’s most important to volunteers.

The survey as designed and road tested with emergency management volunteers, so it gets straight to the point on issues that matter to the people on the front line.  The survey includes 33 questions on those issues, and takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.  Each question asks how important the issue is to you, and how well you feel it is being handled by VICSES. 

Why a volunteer survey?

This annual survey began with the CFA volunteers’ association, Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV) three years ago, and VFBV is how hosting the VICSES volunteers’ version on behalf of VESA.

The results will be compared year to year, to show trends in how volunteers feel on each of the issues.  It is a co-operative process; VFBV and the CFA Board both study the CFA volunteers’ version to highlight aspects of volunteer support that need attention.  VESA will put our survey to the same use, providing reliable facts and figures to support the association’s representation of all VICSES volunteers.

Your individual answers will be confidential, but the overall results will go straight to the decision makers.

The survey is designed to identify the factors that volunteers feel have a key impact on their welfare and efficiency, to establish ways of measuring whether things are getting better or worse, and to develop a process that uses these measures to ensure better support for VICSES volunteers and Units. 

Open to all VICSES volunteers

This survey is making our representation more effective and making sure every volunteer’s voice has the chance to be heard, whether you and your Unit are actively involved with VESA or not.

Last year’s survey drew more than 1,600 responses.

The survey will give VESA facts and figures we can use in working for the benefit of volunteers, Units and the communities they protect, so we urge all VICSES volunteers to take part. 

To complete the survey now, click here.

If you would prefer a paper survey sent by post, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or email the VESA Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The survey will remain open until 31 August 2015.

 

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