The Victorian State Government will split the Country Fire Association into 2 organisations, making the existing CFA volunteer only.
A new agency, Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) will be established to fight fires in metropolitan Melbourne and major regional centres, operated by paid firefighters.
Smaller towns are worried the volunteer only CFA will lead to less funding and volunteers to fight fires and protect the local community.
Rainbow and Jeparit Argus Editor David Ward spoke to Flow FM for more.
The Victorian State Government said existing arrangements were outdated and in need of updating.
“Current fire services arrangements have their origins in the 1890s and have remained largely unchanged for the past 60 years.
“A new organisation – Fire Rescue Victoria – will bring together MFB and CFA career firefighters to serve metropolitan Melbourne and major regional centres.
“Victoria’s 1,220 CFA volunteer brigades will be strengthened and supported to serve and protect their communities as they always have,” they said in a statement.