After years of political argy-bargy, the dust has finally settled on Victoria's overhaul of fire services.
Personnel from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and paid Country Fire Authority staff will form a new agency - Fire Rescue Victoria - with the CFA to become a volunteer-only organisation.
Presumptive cancer compensation rights for firefighters are included and backdated to June 2016.
Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville said the reforms, passed by parliament late on Thursday, retained the central role of volunteers in the state's firefighting armoury.
"We need to be able to ensure we have a career organisation that has interoperability, that is able to provide similar training, similar practices, in order to respond particularly to those urban fires," she told reporters on Friday.
"We rely on, and central to everything we do is our volunteer firefighting capacity.
"It is so important we get it right for community safety ... and pick up the best of both organisations and we build on that to build a new organisation."
Ms Neville said nothing would change in the day-to-day for volunteer firefighters other than better support in training, recruitment and retention.
But opposition MP Brad Battin said the reforms handed control to the United Firefighters Union and warned some 4000 volunteers are leaving.
"With the control being handed across, with firefighters in FRV areas not being guaranteed to be call-out and treated like second class citizens, you can just see many will resign," he said.
"We need to protect those volunteers, we need to keep their training up, we need to keep them turning out and if we don't do that the search capacity will drop and we won't have them at the times we desperately need them."
Union boss Peter Marshall said there was "absolutely no change to volunteers".
"Firefighters, both career and volunteer, have been made a political football over a long time," he said.
CFA chief officer Steve Warrington said the reform allowed him to focus entirely on supporting volunteers to get the best service and strengthening the organisation.
Volunteers at the state's 38 integrated stations can choose to stay put and co-locate with the new service under the reforms, the government said.
Last year the opposition scuttled Labor's plan to change the fire services, when debate spilled into Good Friday and two opposition MPs were excused for religious reasons, only to return at the last minute to vote down the reform.
Australian Associated Press