A 19-year-old Country Fire Authority volunteer lit four bushfires in the hope his brigade would be called out to fight the blazes, police have alleged.
Jarred Brewer has appeared before Broadmeadows Magistrates Court charged with four counts of intentionally causing a bushfire and 16 counts of improper use of emergency services.
Between May 2008 and January this year, Brewer lit fires in the Wallan and Mt Disappointment areas before reporting them to 000 in the hope that Darraweit Guim CFA would be called to the fires, the court heard.
It was alleged Brewer would call in the fires using his mobile phone after removing the SIM card in the belief that the calls would be untraceable. It has also been alleged that he called in fires falsely.
Brewer would become abusive if he was not given a place on a truck assigned to the fires and intended to stretch the CFA's resources so the Darraweit Guim brigade would be called out, the court heard.
Brewer is accused of lighting a bushfire on Christmas Day and November 12 at Mt Disappointment and two grass fires in Wallan on January 15.
He was remanded in custody to face Melbourne Magistrates Court tomorrow.