Response Times

11 August

This week the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Fire Services Reform Bill was presented with data that shows firefighting response times are a major problem in Victoria - due to the outdated fire services system.

The data - available here shows many communities are being let down by the antiquated system. This is happening in suburbs that have experienced rapid urban and residential growth, where there is rising demand for emergency services and local fire crews are under increasing pressure.

Fire fighting response times are the difference between life and death.

What’s needed to keep people and properties safe is 7 professionally trained fire fighters arriving within 8 minutes - this is only guaranteed in Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire District.

What happens if a fire crew turns up late, without enough fully trained firefighters? You could lose your home, or your business. Fire fighters might not be able to safely rescue people, and their own lives are put at risk.

Take a look at some of the data below, which shows the unacceptable failure in response times in some areas.

The people of Victoria deserve better. The need to reform our outdated fire services system is beyond doubt. Please send an automated email to your MLC asking for them to vote yes for reform, and a modern, safe fire system for all.

2016/17 CFA response data

This shows the % of call outs where brigades failed to respond to within 8 minutes

●      Torquay - 71% failed

●      Lara - 80% failed

●      Mooroolbark - 64% failed

●      Ballarat - 60% failed

●      Hampton Park - 77% failed

●      Epping - 48% failed

●      Warrandyte - 74% failed

●      Moe - 78% failed