Statistics

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) is a community based fire and emergency service dedicated to protecting the life, property and environmental assets of rural and semi-urban South Australians.

The CFS provides services in the following areas:

  • Suppression of bushfires
  • Suppression of structural fires
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Hazardous materials incidents
  • Storm damage, floods and special incidents
  • Advice on building fire safety
  • Risk and response planning, and
  • Community education and awareness programs

CFS works in close partnership with industry and community groups in high risk areas to increase awareness of fire prevention and develop risk minimisation programs.

The following statistics are a brief representation of the total number of incidents attended, the type of incident and brigade turnouts in response.  Volunteers also expend many hours undertaking other activities including:

  • Administration
  • Brigade and group meetings
  • Equipment and station maintenance
  • Response planning
  • Training

The following tables are provided using the Australasian Fire Incident Reporting System.  The Australian Standard (AS 2577) 'Collection of Data on Fire Incidents´ has been adopted by fire authorities in Australia.

Statewide Fire Statistics At A Glance

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) utilizes the Australasian Incident Reporting System (AIRS) to report all incident activities across South Australia.

An important goal of the Operations Planning section within the CFS is to minimise the impact of fire and other emergencies by appropriate preparedness and response to incidents.

The Incidents Reported Between July 2013 - June 2014 are as follows:

Incidents Attended Total Brigade Turnouts
9 636 18 487

The Incidents are Classified into the Following Categories:

2013 / 2014
Fixed Alarm (no cause) 1 068
Hazmat Incident 174
Miscellaneous Incidents 223
Other Incidents /  Attendance 512
Rural Incidents 2 851
Special Service Incident 2 207
Structure Incident 383
Vehicle related Incident 2 218
Total 9 636

See the Glossary of Terms for definitions of incident types.

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Rural Incidents at a Glance

  2012/13 2011/12 2010/11 2009/10 2008/09
Number of Rural Incidents
(in CFS Area)
3 107 2 070³ 1 786 1 996 2 116
Area Burnt in Hectares
(Rural Incidents)
1725723 2428279³ 2878*** 4 679 3 309*
$ loss for Rural Incidents 3529201 898350 1772625 5028770 6247070**

*     Reduction this year due to no Kangaroo Island or Nullabor size fires

**   Proper Bay Fire Cost - $3 935 000

*** Poorly reported field by the CFS, looking at making a mandatory field in the database.

Estimated Dollar Loss

Incident Group Dollars Loss $,000,000.00
  2013/14 2012/13 2011/12 2010/11 2009/10 2008/09
Unspecified - - -        
HAZMAT 250 280 20 000 500 100 100
Other 1 - 23500 32610 150 500 -
Other 2 9400 - - - - -
Rural 1840140 3529201 898350 1772625 5028770 6247070
Structure 16439571 9900569 17912139 19546340 9984850 16034680
Vehicle Related 4428275 5463300 338090 3488850 3213200 8556452
Total $ Loss 22717636 18916855 19201189 24808476* 18227420 30948462

 

*  Increase in dollar loss due to Wind Farm Fire, Auto Pro Shop at Clare and LGA at Blackwood.

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Regions at a glance for 2013 - 14

INCIDENT GROUP

REGION
 ONE

REGION
TWO

REGION
THREE

REGION
FOUR

REGION
 FIVE

REGION
SIX

  Fixed Alarm (no cause)

396

293

92

105

63

91

  Hazmat Incident

75

49

15

19

18

3

  Miscellaneous Incidents

89

59

26

16

9

17

  Other Incidents / Attendance

186

133

94

43

53

26

  Rural Incidents

826

963

420

29

431

170

  Special Service Incident

1 128

535

149

74

108

72

  Structure Incident

140

103

39

33

43

11

  Vehicle Related Incident

772

744

239

196

184

88

TOTAL

3 612

2 879

1 074

789

808

478

 

For Information:

Individual Brigade Statistics

Each individual Brigade's Incident Statistics appear on their Brigade Page, as well as activities performed.