What does the levy fund?
The Fire Services Property Levy funds vital services provided by the Country Fire Authority and the Metropolitan Fire Brigade twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This includes personnel, training, infrastructure and equipment.
Some of the services performed include:
- Suppression of all types of fires.
- Urban search and rescue, including road accidents.
- Emergency Medical Response Fire Responder Program.
- Emergencies on waters in Port Phillip Bay and the metropolitan river system.
- Industrial accidents and fires which involve hazardous material handling and storage incidents.
- Coordinated responses and interoperability with other emergency service agencies and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.
- Chemical, biological and radiological emergencies.
- Strategic, expert advice to the State Government on major events and anti-terrorist activities.
- Wildfire suppression.
- Structural fire suppression.
- Transport related fire suppression.
- Road rescue.
- Technical rescue, such as high angle, trench and mine operations.
- Hazardous materials transportation and storage incidents.
- Manage Forestry Industry Brigades.
- Major incident management of bushfires and assistance of other emergency activities including flood assistance. (with other emergency service agencies and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries).
- Contribute (with Department of Environment and Primary Industries and State Emergency Service) to the State Aircraft Unit and aerial firefighting capability.
- CFA also have a mine response brigade at Bendigo (Oscar 1).
- Other emergency activities including flood assistance.
- Input into the development of Australian Standards, Codes of Practice and Regulations affecting community safety.
- Delivery of community safety activities including education to increase awareness and preparedness.
- Conduct building regulation related inspections of fire and life systems and maintenance compliance.
- Development of fire safety and emergency plans for major events.
- Fire investigation and cause analysis, and the provision of data to the community and external authorities (within Privacy Act).
- Review and inspection of the dangerous goods handling and storage practices and fire safety systems of major hazardous materials sites.
- Representation on council advisory committees for fire prevention planning and community risk management.
- Attendance at and participation with local councils in municipal emergency management planning exercise.
- Provision of expertise, technical advice and skills acquisition services to interstate and international organisations.
- Service and sale of fire safety equipment.
- Community awareness, education and safety programs.
- Bushfire prevention and mitigation, including planned burning.
- Bushfire community awareness and engagement.
- Community capacity building.
- Fire safety input planning for major community risks.
- Fire prevention.
- Land use planning advice at municipal level.
- Maintain and sustain a volunteer workforce.
- Technical services including building code related inspections, review and inspection of dangerous goods and major hazard facilities
- Fire cause and origin investigation.