Topic: Police and emergency services

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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Emergency Services

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. […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Emergency Services

New Police Remand Powers Under Bail Reforms

Police will have new powers to remand an accused person in custody and bail justices will have a more limited role, under the second wave of bail reforms to be introduced by the Andrews Labor Government today. The Bail Amendment (Stage Two) Bill will allow senior police officers to remand a person in custody for […]

Categories: Attorney-General, Media Release

Public Address System To Protect Melbourne’s CBD

The Andrews Labor Government is deploying a network of speakers at more than 90 key sites in Melbourne’s CBD to provide warnings and key information to the community during emergencies. A trial demonstration of the speakers will take place on 28 December at the State Library of Victoria. During the demonstration, the public can expect […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police

Record Firefighting Fleet Keeping Victorians Safe

Victoria’s largest ever aerial-firefighting fleet will take to the skies this summer as the state prepares for a long, hot summer. Acting Premier and Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and the Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today officially launched the record fleet of 49 aircraft at Avalon Airport. The fleet […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Emergency Services

Latest Fire Services Data Available To The Public

The latest set of fire-services response times has been released providing more transparency for Victorians. Data from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and the Country Fire Authority is now published every quarter. Figures for the three months leading up to September show the MFB met its key targets, including: responding to 93.9 per cent of structure […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Emergency Services

Getting 282 More Paramedics On The Road In Just One Year

Just one year into our promise to employ an extra 450 paramedics over three years, the Andrews Labor Government is getting the job done with 282 more paramedics already recruited. Minister for Ambulance Services Jill Hennessy today personally welcomed 48 new paramedics from the latest intake of 72, all of whom will hit the road […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Ambulance Services

Assistance Announced For Severe Weather Victims

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan and Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced disaster assistance for Victorians affected by the severe weather over the weekend. Minister Keenan said up to $1,890 per househouse was being provided immediately through the jointly-funded Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). People in the local government areas […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Emergency Services

Getting It Done: Lifting Safety Standards At Recycling Sites

Resource recovery facilities across Victoria are being audited to protect the community following the release of Resource Recovery Facilities Audit Taskforce’s interim report, commissioned by the Andrews Labor Government. The taskforce was set up in the aftermath of the SKM Recycling plant fire in Coolaroo, targeting key recycling sites that require extra management measures to […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Energy, Environment & Climate Change

Mobster’s Mate Tries To Water Down Organised Crime Laws

Not content with eating lobsters with alleged mobsters, Liberal Leader Matthew Guy is now trying to water down laws that directly target organised crime to stop the harm they cause in our state. The Andrews Labor Government’s Firearms Amendment Bill 2017 would put in place tough new Firearm Prohibition Orders (FPO), which are designed to […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Police