FIRE trucks having numbers in lieu of city names will be the most noticeable change when Victoria's new firefighting set-up begins.
Wodonga and Wangaratta's professional firefighters will become part of Fire Rescue Victoria from Wednesday, rather than the CFA which will continue as a volunteer-only organisation.
That means new signage at their bases and the display of a station number, rather than city name, on their trucks.
Wodonga is 76 and Wangaratta 74 with the number system inherited from Melbourne's Metropolitan Fire Brigade which has merged with the CFA to become Fire Rescue Victoria.
Wodonga station officer Ashley Mills said firefighters were committed to high level help for the community despite the angst.
"The focus of Fire Rescue Victoria is that of service delivery," Mr Mills said.
"From a public point of view they won't see any differences, just instead of Wangaratta or Wodonga they'll see 74 or 76 on the side of the trucks."
Mr Mills said CFA trucks would be housed at Wangaratta and Wodonga stations with volunteers maintaining them as part of an agreement.
He anticipates maintaining a similar level of interaction with CFA chiefs, who have bases in Wodonga and Wangaratta, as he has had previously.
In the case of incidents beyond those urban areas, the CFA will remain the primary firefighting agency.
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Member for Benambra Bill Tilley, who is a CFA volunteer, echoed Mr Mills' comment that the public should not be expect any difference in service from the professional crews.
"We need a strong Fire Rescue Victoria as we do need an equally strong CFA and we shouldn't be fighting with each other, there shouldn't be demarcation," Mr Tilley said.
Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy says the process has devastated CFA volunteers from Cobram to Harrietville.
"As the local Member of Parliament I have been supporting CFAs for 10 years, from the Spring Street march to local CFA meetings," Mr McCurdy said.
"I will not stop until we get justice for our CFA volunteers.
"The Nationals will work with the CFA to restore their independence and pride.
"I urge any CFA volunteers or stations to contact me for support during this takeover of the CFA."