Role statement - Country Fire Authority

Country Fire Authority has evolved from its informal beginnings in community-based fire brigades to become 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.


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


CFA is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), 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

●  seasonal arrangements to ensure capability

Mitigation table


CFA is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following hazardous materials (including hazardous materials/industrial waste) incident mitigation activities:
●  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.

Mitigation table


CFA is a participating agency, as shown in the Mitigation table (Table 8), for the following mine emergency mitigation activities:

●  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

Mitigation table


Response (including Relief)


Control Agency for:
●  fire on private land within Country Area Victoria

●  accidents involving gas leakage

●  hazardous materials

●  lifts, or scaffolding and amusement structures (including rescue) and building collapse

●  fire and explosion incidents involving aircraft and boilers and pressure vessels

●  rescue incidents involving rail, aircraft and industrial, road, and building structures

3.1, 7.2, 12.3


CFA is one of the lead Response Support Agency (RSA) for the functional area of responder agencies, as shown in the Response Support table (Table 10)

Response Support table


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


●  providing advice to threatened and affected communities on actions that they should 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


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

3.2, 4.5




CFA is the lead agency for undertaking the assessment, restoration, clearing and rehabilitation of public buildings and assets, where the CFA is the manager of that building or asset

19.2, 19.3, 19.4, 19.7


CFA supports DELWP to deliver the following recovery activity of:


●  assisting farmers to repair and restore fences damaged by bushfire or suppression activities

19.2, 19.4, 19.7


●  ensuring essential water taken from private landholders during bushfire firefighting operation activities is replaced

18.3, 18.4


CFA supports the Controller by providing assistance and advice to individuals, families and communities who have been affected by fire or other incidents (as described)



Assurance and Learning


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