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Victoria’s new fire service model

The Vision: A modern fire services model for a safer Victoria

 

PRIORITY ONE

Restore CFA to a volunteer and community focused organisation.
CFA is enshrined in law as a volunteer firefighting service with 1,220 brigades continuing to serve Victorian communities and provide vital surge capacity.

A $56.2 million CFA Support Fund to strengthen volunteer recruitment and retention, increase training options, expand brigade support, and develop brigade leadership.

Engagement and support for volunteers at 35 integrated stations so they can remain at these stations.

Responds to:
Jones Inquiry, Fire Services Review, CFA Policy and Performance Consultative Committee.
What does success look like?
CFA continues to be a strong and proud volunteer organisation, well-equipped with contemporary, high standard support, tools and systems.

 

PRIORITY TWO

Establish Fire Rescue Victoria to lead firefighting in major regional cities and Melbourne.
A new agency covering Melbourne and major regional cities by incorporating the MFB and career staff from the 35 integrated CFA integrated brigades.

The new agency will be under the leadership of the newly created Commissioner, Fire Rescue Victoria.

Improved fire coverage through a deeper and wider pool of career firefighters within the one organisation, including 450 extra career firefighters that have already been committed.

Responds to:
2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, Fire Services Review.
What does success look like?
Victoria’s fire services are modern, with appropriate governance and management structures.

 

PRIORITY THREE

Planning and building for the future.
EMV will ensure all emergency services work as one when responding to incidents, including through new emergency management planning arrangements.

An independent Fire District Review Panel will conduct future reviews of the Fire Rescue Victoria Fire District.

The Emergency Services Infrastructure Authority will oversee the delivery of new facilities, including a $44 million CFA station building and upgrade program.

Any costs in implementing fire services reforms will not be met through the Fire Services Property Levy. The amount collected won’t exceed the 2016/17 amount for two years.

Responds to:
2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, Fire Services Review.
What does success look like?
Victoria’s fire services are underpinned by a planning framework that supports an integrated, efficient and flexible sector.

 

PRIORITY FOUR

Valuing our firefighters.
Presumptive rights to cancer compensation will be introduced for both career and volunteer firefighters.

A new accord between Fire Rescue Victoria management and firefighters will commit to an inclusive and modern workplace.

Fire Rescue Victoria and CFA will adopt new diversity targets to increase the number of female career firefighters and women in leadership roles.

A Diversity and Culture Change program will be rolled out across all fire services.

Responds to:
Jones Inquiry, Fire Services Review, CFA Policy and Performance Consultative Committee.
What does success look like?
Fire services are staffed by world class career and volunteer firefighters that are well supported and reflect the community which they serve.

 

Last updated: May 18, 2017

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