Role statement - Country Fire Authority

About Country Fire Authority

Country Fire Authority (CFA) is one of the world’s largest volunteer-based emergency services organisations. CFA works with Victoria’s emergency services to fulfil its mission to protect lives and property through operational response and the promotion of community safety and education.


Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Reduce the number of fires and hazardous incidents through:

  • developing/enforcing of relevant legislation and regulations


  • applying risk management strategies to identified community risk


  • increasing the understanding of the use of fire protection and detection systems

1.2, 1.4


  • changing community behaviour through public education and legislation

1.1, 2.1


  • increasing community involvement and awareness in hazard prevention

1.4, 2.1


  • broadening community awareness and preparedness to minimise the impact of an emergency on the community

2.1, 6.3

Engage with communities to build their resilience in preventing and managing emergencies, through targeted and general education programs


Participating agency for the following bushfire mitigation activities:

  • land use planning
  • landscape fuel management including legislative requirements
  • fire ignition controls including total fire ban days, arson programs
  • community education, awareness and engagement to prevent and respond to bushfire and bushfire smoke
  • seasonal arrangements to ensure capability

Table 8: Participating agencies for mitigation

Participating agency for the following hazardous materials (including industrial waste) incident mitigation activities:

  • Reduction/substitution of HAZMAT use (including inventory minimisation)
  • HAZMAT storage design and maintenance (including transport design)
  • HAZMAT transport requirements (e.g. prohibitions, material volume and selection, route and timing selection, transport mode, stakeholder engagement (e.g. Worksafe Victoria, FRV, VicRoads, transporter, receiver)
  • pre-transport consequence modelling and readiness – plume modelling, etc.

Table 8: Participating agencies for mitigation

Participating agency for the mine emergency mitigation activity: legislation/regulation and enforcement of Mineral Resources Sustainable Development Act 1990 and regulations (licensing and approvals process for operators of declared mines), Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004, EM Act 2013, EM (Critical Infrastructure Resilience) Regulations 2015, Country Fire Authority Act 1958 and Regulations 2014, Energy Safe Victoria Act 2005

Table 8: Participating agencies for mitigation

Response (including Relief)

Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Control agency for response:

  • fire on private land within Country Area Victoria
  • road or other accidents involving gas leakage, and hazardous materials, high consequence dangerous goods or dangerous goods (including leaks and spills)
  • road or other accidents involving lifts, scaffolding and amusement structures (excluding cranes) and building collapse
  • fire and explosion incidents, including those involving aircraft, marine vessels (outside designated Port of Melbourne Waters), boilers and pressure vessels
  • rescue incidents involving lifts, scaffolding or amusement structures and building structures

3.1, 7.2, 12.3

Table 9: Control agencies for response

Lead Response Support Agency (RSA) for the functional areas of:

  • responder agencies
  • rescue (aircraft, rail, tram, industrial, road)

Table 10: Support agencies for response

Protect life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, accidents and other hazards through:

  • providing advice to threatened and affected communities on actions to take during an emergency event

2.1, 2.3, 3.5

  • controlling accidents involving boilers/pressure vessels; dangerous goods/hazardous materials; lifts; building collapse and explosions (e.g. gas)



  • suppression of uncontrolled fires

7.1, 7.2

  • rescue of persons from other emergencies, including fire; road, rail and aircraft accidents; industrial accidents and other emergencies (including provision of steep and high angle rescues)


Provide key support for:


investigation into the causes of fire


4.4, 4.6

  • Mines Rescue capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

3.2, 12.3

  • tunnel and trench rescue incidents

3.2, 12.3

  • USAR capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements

3.2, 12.3

  • EMR from designated stations to relevant events to support AV

3.2, 14.2, 14.4

Support the Controller by providing assistance, advice and information to other agencies responsible for, or involved in, recovery activities

3.2, 4.5


Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Assess, restore, clear and rehabilitate CFA managed public buildings and assets

19.2, 19.3, 19.4, 19.7

Recovery Lead Agency (RecLA) to:


  • assist farmers to repair and restore fences damaged by bushfire or suppression activities

19.2, 19.4, 19.7

Table 16: Recovery coordination: Economic environment

  • replace essential stock and domestic water taken from private landholders during bushfire firefighting operation activities

18.3, 18.4

Table 17: Recovery coordination: Built environment

Assurance and Learning

For assurance and learning activities, refer directly to the agency for further information.