Fire trucks at Beechworth that are more than a decade old are in desperate need of upgrading, as the CFA nears the date where it will split its separate paid and volunteer organisations.
Northern Victoria MP Tania Maxwell told Parliament this week that Beechworth fire brigade volunteers were concerned by their "lack of appropriate firefighting equipment".
The three trucks they do have are not capable of accessing Beechworth Gorge in the centre of the town.
"The vehicles are also not particularly well suited to the local terrain and enjoy only very limited access to most of the town's many high fire risk areas," Ms Maxwell said.
"None is even capable of accessing the critical area around the local gorge, for instance, and two privately owned vehicles, one of which is actually 40 years old, must be used for these and related purposes instead."
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The launch of Fire Rescue Victoria, separated from CFA's volunteer brigades will officially take place from July 1.
"Beechworth will apparently be the last station to be amalgamated under the new structure, and I am advised that this will not happen until around mid-2021," Ms Maxwell said.
"Local members are also saying to me that, like in many other brigades, the recent and imminent changes to Victoria's firefighting model are contributing to growing internal disputation and a sidelining of what should be highly valued corporate knowledge and experience.
"They also consider that these changes are weakening morale and minimising the opportunity for feedback and meaningful input into decisions from volunteers."
Euroa MP Steph Ryan was another of the region's politicians to express her concerns this week about the Fire Rescue Victoria launch.
"We now know that those staff that get seconded back to the CFA will be wearing FRV uniforms," she said.
"We now know that with less than two weeks to go before these reforms are actually implemented volunteers still have not seen and have not been consulted on the joint operating procedures or the joint agency arrangements that are going to apply."