Fire Rescue Victoria
Participants putting out a fire in the Fire Ops 101 course

Fire Ops 101 immerses participants in the time critical, highly technical and skilled work of an FRV firefighter.

Fire Ops 101 gives participants a taste of what FRV firefighters do daily and helps attendees understand the challenges firefighters face in combating incidents. It highlights the importance of staffing, training, equipment, response times, as well as the physical and mental strength that firefighters must possess.

This experience allows participants to wear protective firefighter clothing and experience what FRV firefighters do to keep communities and property safe.

Fire Ops 101 is done in a safe and controlled environment

All participants will be supplied with a preparation package prior to the scheduled day. The preparation package includes information on what to expect and items to bring on the day.

The program is safe and participants are guided by an experienced firefighter every step of the way. They are not expected to do anything they are not comfortable with.


To view all program graduates and testimonials, visit our Fire Ops 101 Alumni page.

Example activities

  • Participants will respond to a structure fire and observe firefighters search and extinguish the blaze.

  • Participants will respond to a large fire at a Major Hazards Facility. Wearing breathing apparatus, they will utilise firefighting hose lines to extinguish the fire.

  • A train is on fire and members of the public are overcome by smoke. Participants will provide EMR assistance and then search for a missing person utilising a Thermal Imaging Camera.

  • Participants will enter a live fire training experience where increased temperatures, smoke and extensive flaming activity will be experienced. Participants will wear breathing apparatus and interact with the fire environment during this experience.

  • Participants will respond to a road crash rescue and assist Heavy Rescue Technicians to utilise specialist equipment to rescue a trapped person.

  • Participants will respond to a collapsed building and assist USAR Technicians to search for trapped casualties.

  • Participants will assist the HazMat team to collect and sample the substance and will observe the decontamination process that follows.

  • A demonstration of a high angle rescue from FRV’s Rope Rescue team.

Fire Ops 101 is an invite-only program designed for politicians, senior public officials, business leaders and FRV stakeholders to learn what it's like to be a firefighter and better understand the resources, equipment and training we need to keep communities safe. For enquiries email

Due to the physical nature of the program, participants should eat a balanced breakfast and drink plenty of water prior to arriving. They should turn up in casual and comfortable attire. Shower facilities and lunch are all provided.

Reviewed 09 June 2023