Local CFA Radio Frequencies

The following map identifies the key channels used in our local area.  Arthurs Creek & Strathewen RFB are in the Whittlesea/Diamond Valley Group, but we also border the Nillumbik Group and the Yea Group.  All sets of fireground channels should be programmed into your scanner/listening set.

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The frequencies for the channels are:

CFA Channel Suggested Scanner Channel Frequency Usage Notes
Whittlesea/Diamond Valley Group (incl. Arthurs Creek & Strathewen)
61 10 163.5625 Vicfire Default command channel for all callouts.  Location: Kinglake
64 02 161.0500 WDV Fireground 1 Local line-of-sight channel 
87 09 161.1250 WDV Fireground 2 Local line-of-sight channel 
13
13
161.0375
WDV Fireground 3 Local line-of-sight channel
Nillumbik Group (incl. St Andrews and Hurstbridge)
61 10 163.5625 Vicfire Default command channel for all callouts.  Location: Kinglake
45
14
161.0250 
Nillumbik Fireground 1 Local line-of-sight channel
34
15
161.1625
Nillumbik Fireground 2 Local line-of-sight channel
8 16 161.0875 Nillumbik Fireground 3 Local line-of-sight channel 
13
13
161.0375
Nillumbik Fireground 4 Local line-of-sight channel
Yea Group (incl. Kinglake West and Kinglake)
218
06
162.2000
Vicfire Default command channel for all callouts
50
04
161.2250
Yea Fireground 1 Local line-of-sight channel
18
05
161.0000
Yea Fireground 2 Local line-of-sight channel
Other Channels
66 18 163.3875 ICC Command Channel Command channel for larger & longer term incidents
9 03 165.1250 ICC Command Channel  Command channel for larger & longer term incidents 
221   163.1750 ICC Command Channel  Command channel for larger & longer term incidents
61 (alt.) 19 162.7750 Vicfire Secondary command channel frequency.  Location: Mt Macedon

Notes:

  • Suggested scanner channel is a suggested setup only. It aligns with the setup originally done for scanners purchsed through the brigade.
  • Fireground channels have limited range, and a number of separate incidents may use the same channel at the same time.
  • Selection of command channels is dependent on location and other usage.  Channel 66 is most likely to be used in our area.  Channel 9 may be used if the incident is out of Kinglake.  Channel 221 may be used if the incident is to the west of Whittlesea.

Historical Changes 

On 18 November 2012, the channels listed above were introduced.  Previously, channel 63 was Fireground 1 for all of District 14, and channel 64 was Fireground 2.  The change was to introduce separate channels for each Group.

Older listening sets will be programmed with the original channels and will need to be updated.