Fire

There are several agencies who carryout Fire & Rescue roles in Victoria.

Fire Rescue Victoria (formally Metropolitan Fire Brigade)
The Metropolitan Fire District (MFD) is primarily serviced by Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) and makes use of the Metropolitan Mobile Radio (MMR) Network for its operations. The MMR Network is a UHF P25 digital system primarily operating in trunking, although there are several P25 conventional channels interlaced with it.

Fire Rescue Victoria also service high density rural population areas in parts of country Victoria. For these areas the RMR Network is used.

The RMR Network is a VHF P25 digital system with trunking again forming the backbone of the network. Like it’s UHF equivalent, the MMR, this system is also interlaced P25 conventional channels.

Country Fire Authority
The CFA makes use of the RMR Network which is a VHF P25 digital system. Like its MMR counterpart it is primarily a trunking system with several P25 conventional channels interlaced amongst it.

The legacy VHF Voting Network that was primarily accessed by districts that either border the metropolitan fire district or partly fall within it continues to remain operable for the moment, although those areas that used it have transitioned to the RMR Network. A patch between the networks remains for the moment.

Certain sectors of the CFA also make use of the MPT1327 VHF SMR Network VHF SMR Network although this will shortly be considered defunct.

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DWELP) has responsibility as control agency to bushfires in forests and parks, and as a support agency to the CFA for bushfires on private land.

DWELP makes use of the RMR Network and its own range of conventional P25 repeaters for communication needs with its radio system being interlaced amongst the existing CFA VHF legacy network and new RMR Network.

DWELP also make use of the MPT1327 VHF SMR Network although this will shortly be considered defunct.

Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting
Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) is a federal government entity and currently services two airport locations within Victoria, those being Melbourne Airport and Avalon Airport. It makes use of a Tait P25 digital radio network for its operations at both locations. Melbourne Airport also houses the Airservices Australia Learning Academy which undertakes Recruit Courses and training for the ARFF.