Role is not just about putting out fires

May 09, 2018

Helping hand: CFA is now attending a record number of motor vehicle accidents.

The CFA is attending record numbers of motor vehicle accidents and members are urging Victorian drivers to think about safety first when on the road.

So far this year, 10 per cent of all CFA callouts have been to road accidents, while last year it attended more than 5300 motor vehicle accidents across the state.

The number of road accidents the CFA has attended has risen from 3291 in 2009 to 5303 in 2017, a 62 per cent rise.

‘‘CFA is not just a fire service anymore, we are an all-emergency service; we assist SES with floods, car accidents and we assist police when they need us, so we aren’t just purely firefighting anymore,’’ Cobram Fire Brigade captain Adrian Hilder said.

He said the evolution of the CFA and its responsibilities had changed in the past 10 years or so.

‘‘It has progressed over the years. We are getting paged out to a lot more of those sorts of things and helping ambulance crews with patient lifts and things like that,’’ Mr Hilder said.

‘‘I think it’s fantastic all the services are now working together and helping each other out.’’.

Although the brigade is still being called out to incidents, on a positive note for Cobram and surrounds, serious car accidents have been rare in recent times.

‘‘Touch wood, but we have actually been very lucky with serious motor vehicle accidents. We haven’t had any major ones since last year and hopefully it stays that way,’’ Mr Hilder said.

Victorian CFA chief officer Steve Warrington said while the number of fatalities had decreased, crashes and serious trauma were still on the rise.

‘‘In an ideal world, we’d never have to respond to road collisions — but that isn’t the case,’’ Mr Warrington said.

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