About Fire Rescue Victoria

Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) was established in July 2020 as part of Victoria’s Fire Services Reform, to provide fire safety, fire suppression and fire prevention services and emergency response in the FRV fire district. FRV personnel are highly trained and ready to respond to emergencies such as fires, complex rescues, road crashes, emergency medical calls and hazardous chemical spills, and work closely with agencies within the emergency services sector, particularly the Country Fire Authority (CFA).


Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

Reduce the number of fires and hazardous incidents through:

  • developing/enforcing of relevant legislation and regulations


  • changing community behaviour through public education and legislation
1.1, 2.1
  • increasing the understanding of the use of fire protection and detection systems
1.2, 1.4
  • increasing community involvement and awareness in hazard prevention
1.4, 2.1
  • applying risk management strategies to identified community risk
  • 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
  • building regulations, standards and codes
  • 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 earthquake mitigation activity:

  • building standards / regulations and enforcement (post 1989, 1993, 2007 standards)

Table 8: Participating agencies for mitigation

Participating agency, for the electricity supply disruption mitigation activity: public communication and engagement

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)
  • land use planning and regulation, and process facility/residential/ commercial development designs
  • 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.
  • Dangerous Goods transporter maintenance, training, licensing, inspection etc. (road/rail/marine, pipeline)
  • Legislation/regulation and enforcement (e.g. Major Hazard Facilities, Dangerous Goods Code preventative requirements), supported by audits and inspection

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 fire and other emergencies (as identified in the Response table) for the FRV Fire District (including the Port of Melbourne and waters as defined in the Port Management Act 1995) including:

  • road or other accidents involving gas leakage, hazardous materials (including (high consequence) dangerous goods), lifts, cranes or scaffolding and amusement structures, and building collapse
  • fire and explosion incidents, including those involving aircraft and boilers and pressure vessels
  • rescue incidents involving lifts, cranes or scaffolding and amusement structures, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR), confined space, trench, low-high angle and tunnel, and building structures

3.1, 7.2, 12.3

Table 9: Control agencies for response

Provide continuous protection of life, property and the environment from the effects of fire, accidents and other hazards through:

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


  • the suppression of uncontrolled fires
3.1, 7.1, 7.2
  • rescue of persons from fire, road, rail and aircraft accidents, industrial accidents and other emergencies
3.1, 12.3
  • Incident response involving explosive devices, natural events (flood, storm and tsunami) and maritime casualty involving commercial ships in Port of Melbourne waters (non-search and rescue)
  • swift water rescue and maritime incidents across the state
3.2, 12.3
  • EMR to relevant, as defined, events to support AV within the FRV Fire District
3.2, 14.2, 14.4
  • Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capability across Victoria in accordance with state arrangements
3.2, 12.4
  • investigation into the causes of fire
4.4, 4.6, 7.1
  • initial impact assessment at the request and in support of, the state requirements

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

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

Table 10: Support agencies for response


Activity Critical task alignment / activity source

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

19.2, 19.3, 19.4, 19.7

Support the controller by providing post incident assistance and advice to persons impacted by fire and other emergencies 

4.5, 20.6

Provide support to other agencies, where appropriate, for recovery activities involving personnel or the environment


Assurance and Learning

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