Fire Safety Programs

CFA offers a range of Fire Safety Programs to empower and prepare individuals and communities to survive fire.

Our suite of tailored programs and resources help build the capacity and capability of communities by enhancing their knowledge, developing their skills and strengthening community bonds.

Talk to your local Brigade or contact us if you have any questions about Community Programs: communityprograms@cfa.vic.gov.au

Home Fire Safety

Reduce the Risk – Home Fire Safety

1-2 hour session, Face to Face for groups

Reduce the Risk provides information about how house fires commonly start and advice on how to prevent them. It also provides advice about fire blankets and fire extinguishers and provides an opportunity to start to develop a home fire escape plan.

Early Fire Safe

1-hour session, Face to Face for groups (Parents of children under 5yrs of age)

Early Fire Safe (EFS) provides information about the prevention of burn and scald injuries. It also provides basic home fire safety information tailored to those who have young children at home

Fire Safe Kids

Pre-Primary & Primary grades 1-6

Fire Safe Kids (FSK) is a fire safety education program for primary and pre-primary students. It is delivered by trained CFA members who visit a school to teach one of a number of lesson plans. The presentations are about one school session in length and are about basic fire safety targeted at specific year levels. Lesson plans are designed to link with the Victorian curriculum and include a range of resources to support delivery. There are both bushfire and home fire lessons for students, delivered according to local risk.

Contact us at communityprograms@cfa.vic.gov.au for more information and local delivery. 

Bushfire / Grassfire / Coastal

Fire Safety Essentials (FSE)

1-hour session, Online or Face to Face

CFA's entry level bushfire safety program is an interactive session designed to challenge participants to personalise their fire risk and to survive fire.  The program also includes basic explanations of fire behaviour and an overview of last resort options.

Fire Planning Workshops (FSPW)

1.5-hour session, Online or Face to Face

Fire Safety Planning Workshops (FSPW) assist people with developing their bushfire or grassfire survival plan. The workshop covers how fire behaves, preparing your property, personal survival and planning.

FSPW is aimed at people who live, work or travel in high bushfire-risk areas.  FSPW is ideally for people who have attended an FSE meeting or had a PAVS visit; however, this is not a prerequisite.

Community Fire Guard (CFG)

A proven behaviour-change program that assists small community groups to build knowledge, networks, and capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from fire. Consists of six core facilitated sessions and one optional Stay & Defend workshop. Community Fireguard aims to establish self-reliant neighbourhood groups in high-risk areas, empowering residents to take responsibility for their own fire safety.

Contact us at communityprograms@cfa.vic.gov.au for more information and local delivery. 

Home Visits

Property Advice Visit Service (PAVS)

15 mins Face to Face

Property Advice Visit Service (PAVS) is designed to reach residents living in high bushfire risk areas.  This ‘door knocking’ service enables the delivery of fire safety information relevant to the resident’s risk.

Talk to your local Brigade or District Office to see this service is delivered in your area.

Smoke Alarm Installation

Working smoke alarms save lives. Trained CFA Members can install smoke alarms in homes for people who cannot obtain, install or maintain smoke alarms themselves. This service is targeted, but some CFA Districts will also take community requests.

Talk to your local Brigade or District Office to see if you are eligible for this service.

Emergency Planning Advice Service (EPAS)

The Emergency Planning Advice Service (EPAS) is a conversation-based program. It is designed to support people who live with a disability, are older, or have a chronic or acute medical condition to create a fire plan. EPAS is an in-home based service where Red Cross and CFA facilitators visit you at your home. These facilitators can give you basic fire safety advice, answer your questions, and offer suggestions to help with your plan.

Contact us at communityprograms@cfa.vic.gov.au for a list of participating Council areas.

Book a free EPAS home visit

Schools

CFA has a variety of programs and resources for schools.  Please see the school section for more information about:

Contact your local District Community Engagement Coordinator at your nearest CFA district headquarters to arrange a session.

Online Learning

A range of online learning modules are available for people who work, travel or care for people in high bushfire areas:

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