Fire Rescue Victoria

FRV firefighters respond to a range of emergency incidents. They include fires, complex rescues, medical calls and hazardous chemical spills.

Our specialist technical operations teams support our partner emergency services agencies. They do this by responding to incidents across Victoria, Australia, and the world.

  • When you call Triple Zero (000) for a person who is unconscious, not breathing or has no pulse, FRV firefighters respond with the nearest ambulance.

    Firefighters are trained to provide life-saving emergency care.

    Every second counts in an emergency. Early CPR provides blood flow to a person’s brain and vital organs. It means they have a better chance of survival.

  • FRV firefighters attend road crashes and other technical rescues.

    They are highly trained to use tools and equipment such as the ‘jaws of life’.

    This equipment is used in complex transport, industrial or domestic incidents and rescues.

    They also assist surgeons in operating theatres on occasion.

  • FRV fire investigators are trained to determine the cause of fires. They examine where and how a fire started, and any actions or equipment that may have caused it.

    They also collect and analyse information and data that:

    • prevents fires from occurring,
    • improves building regulations and standards,
    • determines if a product recall is necessary, and
    • improves community education programs.

    Our Fire Investigation and Analysis (FIA) Unit shares this expertise with, and works alongside, other agencies. They train FRV firefighters and other agencies in fire investigation.

  • Our High Angle Rescue Techniques (HART) technicians rescue people trapped at height or below the ground.

    They use ropes, hauling and belaying systems to rescue people trapped in dark, tight spaces at height, or below ground.

    HART technicians use these skills during complex rescues across Victoria.

  • Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (known as ‘drones’) are revolutionising emergency response.

    Our RPAS are equipped with thermal imaging and live streaming cameras to gather intelligence. This information improves community and firefighter safety.

    RPAS is often used during large-scale bushfires, rescues, chemical incidents and other major fires.

    Our RPAS pilots are trained to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) standards.

  • FRV marine firefighters are Waterway Emergency Responders.

    They keep Victoria’s bays and waterways safe by responding to rescues, swift water rescues, fires, and other incidents like chemical spills on ships and in ports.

  • FRV’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team leads the state's response to major structural collapses and natural disasters.

    These highly-skilled firefighters respond to structural collapses and natural disasters to rescue people. When necessary, they also rescue animals.

    FRV provides USAR training to Victoria’s emergency service sector. This ensures the state has the skills needed to respond to major structural collapse situations.

  • FRV’s Hazmat teams respond to incidents that involve hazardous materials. This includes fires, chemical spills and chemical-related medical emergencies.

    Scientific Advisors assist our Hazmat crews by finding safer ways to respond to incidents that might be hazardous.

Reviewed 30 June 2020

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