As Victoria’s population grows and transforms, so should our fire services.
The case for reforming Victoria’s fire and rescue services has been made clear in reviews and inquiries undertaken over the past decade, particularly the recommendations of 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
Some progress has been made in implementing these changes – but not enough.
Victoria’s firefighting services continue to operate under a set of geographic boundaries and structures that haven’t changed for nearly 60 years.
To date, our career and volunteer firefighters have done a remarkable job, but have been fundamentally let down by these outdated arrangements.
The reforms outlined in the Fire Services Statement will ensure the necessary changes are made.
The fire services reform will create the modern governance and management structures that our firefighting services deserve.
They will invest in, and support, Victoria’s career and volunteer fire and rescue workforce.
And they will ensure that our fire services have everything they need to keep Victorians safe.
Last updated: May 18, 2017