Category: Minister for Emergency Services

Victoria Launches Night Time Trial Of Firefighting Aircraft

In an Australian first, aircraft will take to the sky at night to test the use of night-vision technology to drop water on fires. Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said the trial, led by Emergency Management Victoria (EMV), will guide the future use of night-time aerial firefighting in this state. The trial will be based […]

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Andrew Katos Needs To Stand Up For Community Safety

Parts of the Greater Geelong region are not protected as they should be and efforts to modernise our fire services are being blocked by the Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos. Mr Katos’s reckless opposition to the Andrews Labor Government’s common-sense fire services reforms is putting lives across the region at risk. Media reports have […]

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Latest CFA Response Times Released For Latrobe Valley

The Andrews Labor Government has today released the latest set of CFA response time data showing the Latrobe Valley region continues to struggle to respond to emergency incidents. As a result, an additional 20 career firefighters will be deployed to Moe and surrounding areas by the end of 2018, ensuring 24-hour protection for local communities. […]

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Latest Fire Services Response Times Published Online

The release of fire-services response data for the December quarter has again showcased the great variance in response times across Victoria. This is the third set of data released by the MFB and CFA giving transparency to all Victorians to see how their own fire services meets the needs of their community. Figures for October-December, […]

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New Firefighter Recruitment Campaign Launched

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a new campaign to significantly boost Victoria’s career firefighting numbers – particularly focused on recruiting women. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino joined Victoria’s fire-services chiefs today to officially launch the recruitment drive, which is part of the Labor Government’s push to hire 450 additional firefighters. The recruitment campaign […]

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Statement From The Minister For Emergency Services

We welcome today’s decision of the MFB Board to support a new workplace agreement for its firefighters. Our firefighters make an enormous contribution to keeping our community safe. They deserve to be supported  and respected with the security of a workplace agreement. This industrial uncertainty has gone on for far too long. A key breakthrough […]

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Disaster Assistance For Councils In Victoria Following Severe Weather And Flooding

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced that additional disaster assistance has been activated in response to parts of Victoria affected by severe weather and flooding earlier this month. Minister Keenan said assistance is being provided through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). […]

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Record Investment In Marine Search And Rescue

Victoria’s Marine Search and Rescue volunteers are being given an extra $11.3 million to help them buy new vessels, equipment and protective clothing, as well as cover fuel and other operating costs thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today joined Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny to announce the record […]

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New Grants Program For Volunteer Firefighters

Volunteer firefighting brigades can now apply for grants of up to $250,000, thanks to a new $10 million program funded by the Andrews Labor Government. The program will be administered by the CFA to support vital v171olunteer brigade equipment and facility upgrades, as well as local initiatives that strengthen volunteerism and brigade culture. Grants will […]

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Hazelwood Report Highlights Significant Progress In 2017

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with building a healthier and safer Latrobe Valley, the latest Inspector-General for Emergency Management’s (IGEM) report on the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Plan shows. The Hazelwood coal-mine fire burned for 45 days in early 2014, making it the largest and longest-running mine fire in the Latrobe Valley. […]

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