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:

Emergency response

  • 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.

Non-emergency response

  • 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.