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CFA Region 13 Radio Frequencies

Eastern Metropolitan - District 13
The pins on this map represent transmitter sites and frequencies for BEST channel coverage across CFA Region 13. Info as of Jan 13.

Click the pin for more details as well as ACMA site information. The map shows transmitter sites of CFA channel 54. Each site transmits the same audio content desingned to provide communications to all areas of region 13. These are known as repeater sites and are primarily for communication with the VicFire dispatch operator. Vehicles will move off these frequencies once close enough for simplex (direct radio to radio comms) use.
See channels below

Channel 54 (BEST 13) is the main channel for radio traffic in Region 13, it uses 8 radio frequencies from 7 different locations, as per map below, to achieve coverage of the Region.

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The Local Channels (10, 15, 55, 56, 57, 58) are used when radio traffic at an incident becomes busy.

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.

Country Fire Authority Regional Map





Fire ground 162.5125 Kallista 10
Fire ground 162.2500 Dunns Hill 15
Region 13 (Operational) 161.1125   55
Go to Channel 1 161.1750   56
Go to Channel 2 161.2000   57
Go to Channel 3 161.1000   58
Air Spotter 161.2125 Aviation 107
DSE Incident 158.4250   156
DSE Fire Ground 161.2625   111

Voting Allocations







  BEST 13 162.6875 MT St. Leonard Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 54
  Eastern Metropolitan 163.5250 Dunns Hill Vic. Fire/Voting Channel 54
    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

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 Despatch.
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.

Radio Terminology
It is important you understand the radio terminology used so that you have a better idea of what is actually happening and what it means.

  • Fire Call Used to report a fire to the dispatch center as well as to pre-empt dispatch of appliances ( trucks, tankers, pumpers) to attend a call.
  • On Scene Message given when an appliance reaches the scene of the fire incident.
  • Word Back A precise definition of the type and condition of the fire or incident which will include a definition of the fires status using the following "pro-words".
    1. Investigating - Further investigation needed to establish the status of the fire call or alarm.
    2. Not yet under control - Additional appliance / personnel needed to bring it under control or it has the potential to spread.
    3. Under control - Appliances in attendance or en-route are likely to be sufficient to contain the fire.
    4. Fire /incident stop - The resources in attendance are sufficient and any resources presently en-route are no longer required and can
      return to station.
  • Sit Rep Situation report giving pertinent details of the fire or incident ie: a bit more detail than the word back.
  • Returning Appliances are returning to station.
  • In Station Appliances are in station and ready to respond to next call.

DISTRICT 13 Facts Sheet (Source Wiki)
16 Urban Fire Brigades
42 Rural Fire Brigades
2 Fire Brigades
2748 Volunteers
100 Staff
106 Tankers
26 Pumpers
2 Rescue Vehicles

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