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Country Fire Authority (Victoria) Radio Frequencies

The information provided on this page is collated from many resources.
For an accurate and updated listing, visit the CFA website or the CFA incident page.
In times of fire, be sure to monitor you local Emergency Services broadcaster which is your local ABC station for information relevant to your location.

DIGITAL RADIO (CFA VHF P25 Network (RMR))

On May 2nd 2013 it was announced that CFA would embrace the digital world of communications. At this stage, unlike city police, it will not be encrypted, but you will need a digital receiver capable of receiving P25 transmissions. We'll post more Digital Network information as it becomes available and as the network becomes active.


CFA Fire Ban Districts

CFA Regional map

Vic roads also list road closures in areas where fires are active.

It also pays to load the CFA incident page and DSE incident pages.
You can download a PDF of this map.
Current CFA Fire Danger Ratings and Total Fire Ban declarations can be found below
 

CFA Regions

Country Fire Authority Regional Map

Radio Frequency Information for the Victorian CFA (Country Fire Authority)
Analogue (Non Digital)

  REGION FREQUENCY TRANSMISSION CFA CHANNEL
  REG-2A 161.1000 Mallee - Vic. Fire 1
  REG-2B 161.1875 Mallee - Go to Channel 2
  REG-2C 161.0875 Mallee - Go to Channel 3
  REG-2 Incident 162.4625 Mallee - Incident 4
  REG-2 Incident 163.0000 Mallee - Incident 5
  REG-4A 161.1125 South West Districts - Vic. Fire 6
  REG-4B 160.9875 South West Districts - Go to Channel 7
  REG-4C 161.0875 South West Districts - Go to Channel 8
  REG-4 Incident 165.1250 South West Districts - Incident 9
  REG-4 Incident 162.5125 South West Districts - Incident 10
  REG-5A 161.0500 Vic. Fire 11
  REG-5B 161.0125 Go to Channel 12
  REG-5C 161.0375 Go to Channel 13
  REG-5 Incident 165.1000 Incident 14
  REG-5 Incident 163.2500 Incident 15
  REG-6A 161.1875 Vic. Fire 16
  REG-6B 161.0875 Go to Channel 17
  REG-6C 161.0000 Go to Channel 18
  REG-6 Incident 163.2875 Incident 19
  REG-6 Incident 162.6250 Incident 20
  REG-7 Vote See below Barwon South-West Region 21
  REG-7A 160.9875 Vic. Fire 22
  REG-7B 161.1250 Go to Channel 23
  REG-7C 161.0125 Go to Channel 24
  REG-7 Incident 162.2750 Incident 25
  REG-7 Incident 163.1000 Incident 26
  REG-8 Vote See below Southern Metropolitan 27
  REG-8A, Vote 1 163.7875 Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 28
  REG-8A, Vote 2 163.5500 Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 28
  REG-8A, Vote 3 163.3750 Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 28
  REG-8B Main 161.1875 Go to Channel 29
  REG-8C Goto 1 161.0750 Go to Channel 30
  REG-8D Goto 2 161.0000 Go to Channel 31
  REG-8E Goto 3 161.1375 Go to Channel 32
    162.4250 Incident 33
  REG-9A 161.1625 Vic. Fire 34
  REG-9B 161.0625 Go to Channel 35
  REG-9C 161.0250 Go to Channel 36
  REG-9 Incident 162.5625 Incident 37
  REG-9 Incident 162.7125 Incident 38
  REG-10A 161.0000 Vic. Fire 39
  REG-10B 160.9875 Go to Channel 40
  REG-10C 161.0375 Go to Channel 41
  REG-10 Incident 162.3250 Incident 42
  REG-10 Incident 162.7625 Incident 43
  REG-11A 161.0750 Vic. Fire 44
  REG-11B 161.0250 Go to Channel 45
  REG-11C 161.0500 Go to Channel 46
  REG-11 Incident 162.9875 Incident 47
  REG-11 Incident 163.0125 Incident 48
  REG-12A 161.0125 Vic. Fire 49
  REG-12B 161.2250 Go to Channel 50
  REG-12C 161.1375 Go to Channel 51
  REG-12 Incident 164.0750 Incident 52
  REG-12 Incident 163.0875 Incident 53
  REG-13 Vote   Eastern Metropolitan TX Map 54
  REG-13A 161.1125 Eastern Metropolitan Region - Vic. Fire 55
  REG-13B 161.1750 Eastern Metropolitan Region - Go to Channel 56
  REG-13C 161.2000 Eastern Metropolitan Region - Go to Channel 57
  REG-13D 161.1000 Eastern Metropolitan Region - Go to Channel 58
  REG-13 Incident 163.1625 Eastern Metropolitan Region - Incident 59
  REG-13 Incident 163.3375 Eastern Metropolitan Region - Incident 60
  REG-14 Vote   Northern & Western Metropolitan 61
  REG-14A 161.0625 North West Metro - Go to Channel  62
  REG-14B 161.1500 North West Metro - Go to Channel 63
  REG-14C 161.0500 North West Metro - Go to Channel 64
  REG-14 Incident 163.3625 North West Metro - Incident 65
  REG-14 Incident 163.3875 North West Metro - Incident 66
  REG-15A 161.0250 Grampians Region - Vic. Fire 67
  REG-15B 161.1625 Grampians Region - Go to Channel 68
  REG-15C 161.2000 Grampians Region - Go to Channel 69
  REG-15 Incident 163.4000 Grampians Region - Incident 70
  REG-15 Incident 163.4125 Grampians Region - Incident 71
  REG-16A 161.0750 Grampians Region - Vic. Fire 72
  REG-16B 161.1375 Grampians Region - Go to Channel 73
  REG-16C 161.1750 Grampians Region - Go to Channel 74
  REG-16 Incident 163.4625 Grampians Region - Incident 75
  REG-16 Incident 163.5000 Grampians Region - Incident 76
  REG-17A 161.2250 Grampians Region - Vic. Fire 77
  REG-17B 161.1500 Grampians Region - Go to Channel 78
  REG-17C 161.0000 Grampians Region - Go to Channel 79
  REG-17 Incident 163.6625 Grampians Region - Incident 80
  REG-17 Incident 163.7250 Grampians Region - Incident 81
  REG-18A 161.0125 Loddon Mallee Region - Vic. Fire 82
  REG-18B 161.0375 Loddon Mallee Region - Go to Channel 83
  REG-18C 160.9875 Loddon Mallee Region - Go to Channel 84
  REG-18 Incident 162.2875 Loddon Mallee Region - Incident 85
  REG-18 Incident 162.6500 Loddon Mallee Region - Incident 86
  REG-20A 161.1250 Loddon Mallee Region - Vic. Fire 87
  REG-20B 161.0500 Loddon Mallee Region - Go to Channel 88
  REG-20C 161.0250 Loddon Mallee Region - Go to Channel 89
  REG-20 Incident 163.2625 Loddon Mallee Region - Incident 90
  REG-20 Incident 163.3500 Loddon Mallee Region - Incident 91
  REG-22A 161.1500 Hume - Vic. Fire 92
  REG-22B 161.0375 Hume - Go to Channel 93
  REG-22C 160.9875 Hume - Go to Channel 94
  REG-22 Incident 162.8625 Hume - Incident 95
  REG-22 Incident 165.1625 Hume - Incident 96
  REG-23A 161.0500 Hume - Vic. Fire 97
  REG-23B 161.1875 Hume - Go to Channel 98
  REG-23C 161.0750 Hume - Go to Channel 99
  REG-23 Incident 164.2500 Hume - Incident 100
  REG-23 Incident 163.2125 Hume - Incident 101
  REG-24A 161.1250 Hume - Vic. Fire 102
  REG-24B 161.0125 Hume - Go to Channel 103
  REG-24C 161.0125 Hume - Go to Channel 104
  REG-24 Incident 162.0750 Hume - Incident 105
  REG-24 Incident 163.4375 Hume - Incident 106
  AIRCRAFT 161.2125 Simplex 107
  BORDER 1 161.1750 Interstate Liaison 108
  BORDER 2 161.2000 Interstate Liaison 109
  MFB Liaison 161.4000 MFB Liaison 110
         
  CFA RPT 1 162.2000 CFA Repeater 1 218
  CFA RPT 2 162.5375 CFA Repeater 2 219
  CFA RPT 3 162.2625 CFA Repeater 3 220
  CFA RPT 4 163.1750 CFA Repeater 4 221
  CFA RPT 5 162.2000 CFA Repeater 5 222
  CFA RPT 6 162.5375 CFA Repeater 6 223
  CFA RPT 7 162.2625 CFA Repeater 7 224
  CFA RPT 8 163.1750 CFA Repeater 8 225
  In time of need, other frequencies to monitor are:
774 ABC Radio Melbourne

ABC Local Radio Frequencies

Programming a comms radio?

If you are in a fixed location and not planning on moving, and in an area which uses the voting system, choose the strongest signal of the group and only use that one frequency in the scan group. Add to that group simple and aviation channels as required.

Looking for Police, MFB and Ambo Frequencies?

Victoria Police in metro Melbourne are now using digital communications, which, like mobile phones, you can't listen to on a regular radio. MFB and Ambos can be heard using a receiver capable of decoding P25 digital voice.

Regional police are still using analogue radios and these frequencies can be added to your scan group.

Disclaimer

The radio frequencies presented here are collated from many sources. Naturally, they may change or become outdated. This page is updated regularly. (Especially when we get emails from the CFA)

Download

You can download a comprehensive PDF of the CFA / DSE radio allocations to print and keep handy in the glove box.

Voting Allocations

 

REGION

FREQUENCY

TX SITE

TRANSMISSION

CFA CHANNEL

  BEST 7 163.2250 Mt Cowley Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 21
  Barwon South-West Region 163.5375 Mt Bellarine Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 21
    163.5375 Warrion Hill Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 21
    162.4000 Mt Ingoldsby Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 21
    162.5750 Mt Gnarwarre Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 21
    162.8375 Mt Blackwood Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 21
           
  BEST 8 162.6750 Dunns Hill Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 27
  Southern Metropolitan 162.7250 Arthurs Seat Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 27
    162.4125 Bass Hill Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 27
           
  BEST 13 162.6875 Mt St Leonard Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 54
  Eastern Metropolitan 163.5250 Dunns Hill Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 54
  CFA R13 Radio Frequencies MAP 162.8875 Mt Toorongo Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 54
    162.2375 Mt Victoria Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 54
    162.1625 Mt Matlock Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 54
           
  BEST 14 162.1875 Werribee Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 61
  Northern & Western Metropolitan 163.2000 Mt Blackwood Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 61
    162.7750 Mt Macedon Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 61
    163.5625 Kinglake Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 61

The channels listed above as 'Voting Allocation' are used by the BEST CAD dispatchers, known as 'VicFire'. BEST stands for Bureau of Emergency Services Telecommunications and CAD stands for Computer Aided Dispatch.
All the BEST channels are run out of the CFA communications offices in East Burwood and Ballarat.

In addition to the BEST channels, each region has either 3 or 4 simplex channels to use. These channels are listed in the first table above. They are used for fire ground traffic, so when a unit arrives on scene at a fire, generally they will all go to one of these channels. These 'go-to' or 'firegound' channels are used by the fireground commander to communicate with the fire appliances either at the incident, or arriving on scene. The VicFire operators DO NOT talk on them, as they are simplex only. So if all the units are on the Simplex channels, a control unit will have a radio still tuned in on a BEST channel so they can hear any messages from VICFIRE. For smaller incidents, one of the responding brigades will have sent a car, which will be equipped with at least two radios and a phone, along with GPS unit. As the incident grows, a Forward Operations Vehicle (FOV) will be sent. This has the ability to be online in the field, with both telephone and fax communications. It will come equipped with at least two experienced communications officers, and will have at least four separate radios for CFA use, and often carries radio equipment to allow communications with other emergency services.

The FOV may not be located directly on the fire ground, but may be placed in a position where good, solid radio comms can be maintained with all the units involved.

 
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