Our state is proud of our brave and committed firefighters.
But currently, our firefighters are being let down by a system that has remained largely unchanged since the 1950s.
And as our state grows and changes, the demands on our fire services will only continue to mount.
These challenges have been made clear through a number of reviews in recent years, including the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
Each of the reviews has reached the same conclusion: if we are to keep up, we must modernise our state’s fire services.
This Fire Services Statement outlines the Government’s vision for modern fire services that will keep Victorians safe.
These changes will build on the great strengths and expertise of Victoria’s firefighters.
They will fill the gaps and fix the flaws that for too long have inhibited their work.
And fundamentally, they will better support the men and women, whether career or volunteer, who keep Victorian communities safe.
The Hon Daniel Andrews MP
Premier of Victoria
Last updated: May 18, 2017