Category: Minister for Emergency Services

$13 Million Boost For Victoria’s Emergency Volunteers

Emergency services volunteers across the state will share in $13 million in grants to help them keep Victorian communities safe, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited the Stawell SES unit today to announce the outcome of the 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, delivering grants to 300 […]

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Brand New Home For Northcote SES

Northcote SES volunteers will swap their flood-prone base for a modern operational hub, thanks to $3 million in funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino joined Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines today to announce the Northcote unit will relocate to the site previously occupied by the Heidelberg West Police. A […]

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Fire Services Response Data Published For The First Time

The Andrews Labor Government today welcomed the publication of fire services response data for the first time. Data from both the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the Country Fire Authority will now be published every quarter – starting today – as part of the Labor Government’s commitment to greater transparency. This brings fire services in line […]

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Fire Action Week: Stay Safe This Fire Season

Victoria’s firefighters are getting the support they need to keep the community safe this fire season, with Fire Action Week kicking off today. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino joined Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today to launch the annual fire-planning and preparation week and urge Victorians to prepare early for […]

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Funding Boost For Kyneton CFA Firefighters

CFA brigades in Kyneton and surrounding areas have received a $110,000 funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government to help them protect local communities. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today visited the Kyneton Fire Station to switch on a new $23,000 back-up generator. The Kyneton station is the […]

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Moving Forward With Fire Services Reform

The Andrews Labor Government supports all substantive recommendations of the Select Committee Inquiry into fire services reforms and will act on all concerns raised by the Inquiry. The  Government response to the Select Committee Inquiry was tabled today and accepts or accepts-in-principle nine of the Inquiry’s twelve recommendations. The Labor Government remains focused on reforming […]

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Record Firefighting Fleet To Keep Victorians Safe

Victoria’s firefighting aircraft fleet will be bigger and better this coming fire season, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced $13.42 million to deliver Victoria’s largest ever firefighting fleet this summer. This will include two Large Air Tankers and two orange Air-Cranes which will operate as part of […]

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Regional Emergency Services Switch On To Digital Radio

Police and emergency services in regional Victoria will have access to the state’s digital radio network from 2018, eliminating key black spots and increasing security and audio clarity. Victoria Police, Victoria State Emergency Service, Life Saving Victoria, Corrections Victoria and Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigades operating in outer metropolitan areas will transition from outdated analogue […]

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Next Step In Fire Services Reform

The Andrews Labor Government will closely consider recommendations made by the inquiry into the Firefighters’ Presumptive Rights Compensation and Fire Services Legislation Amendment (Reform) Bill 2017. The Inquiry has today released its final report and the Labor Government will respond to its recommendations before returning the Bill to parliament. We thank the Committee for its work […]

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Government Announces Review Into Coolaroo Fire

The Andrews Labor Government will conduct a review of last month’s fire at the SKM Recycling Plant in Coolaroo. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino announced the review today, which will be conducted by the Inspector-General for Emergency Management (IGEM, Tony Pearce). The Coolaroo fire broke out on 13 July and burned for 11 days, […]

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