An appliance with 1000 litre water carrying capacity and 4-wheel drive.
An appliance with 2000 litre water carrying capacity and 2-wheel drive.
An appliance with 2000 litre water carrying capacity and 4-wheel drive.
An appliance with 2000 litre water carrying capacity and 4-wheel drive. Pump capability 2000 litres per minute and can carry a specialist resource eg RCR or Hazmat.
An appliance with 3000 litre water carrying capacity and 4-wheel drive.
An appliance with 3000 litre water carrying capacity and 4-wheel drive. Pump capability 3000 litres per minute and can carry a specialist resource eg RCR or Hazmat.
Air Attack Supervisor
An Incident that incurs costs outside of the Brigade and Group budgets.
Australian Defence Force
Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council
Australian Fire Competencies
Aqueous Film Forming Foam
Above Ground Level and Term used in air operations.
Australian Institute of Emergency Services
Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System
The direct use of aircraft in the suppression of bushfire.
Australian Incident Reporting System.
Emergency telephone call generated to the Local Alarm Number by a member of the public or brigade member.
Fire Indicator Panel (FIP) located in the client premises or the brigade station.
Adtec Linked Emergency Response Telephone System
Retrieval of and discussion of information, regarding an emergency between the public caller, volunteer call taker and SOC.
Personal Identification Number. Used with ALERTS to instigate or enter an alarm conference to obtain a Brigade Message.
The computers that serve the ALERTS System.
A nuclear particle produced by the decay of a radioactive material. The alpha particle is a helium nucleus, consisting of two protons and two neutrons.
Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges Bushfire Management Committee
An advantageous location, generally a fuel break, from which to start construction of a fire-line. Used to minimise the chance of being out flanked by the fire while the line is being constructed.
Australian National Road Accident Rescue Association
Air Operations Manager
Automated Real Time Mapping System
An area where resources are organised and prepared for deployment
Alcohol Resistant Form
Brigade Auxiliary Member
A fire started intentionally along the inner edge of a fire-line to consume the fuel in the path of a bushfire.
Bushfire Attack Level
Building Code of Australia
A nuclear particle produced by the decay of a radioactive material. The beta particle is an electron travelling at high speed.
Building Fire Safety Unit (CFS)
Bush Fire Fighting Foam
See Mopping Up
Bureau of Meteorology
Bushfire Management Area
Bushfire Management Area Plan
Bushfire Management Committee
Bushfire Management Planning Unit (CFS)
(Orbanche Ramose) Parasitic plant 10-3cm tall that attacks the roots of pasture plants crops and some native plants. Can infest an area through accidental spread of seeds in contaminated soil on vehicles and machinery.
Facility available to leave response messages on Brigade members telephones when GRN paging is unavailable.
Brigade Response Area
The area designated around a brigade as a turnout area and administration area.
Refer Branched Broomrape
Business Services Officer
Bushfire Safer Places
Bushfire Task Force
Bulk Water Carrier
A large tanker used for replenishing a firefighting tanker
An unplanned fire. A generic term that includes grass fires, forest fires and scrub fires.
Bushfire Warning Message (BWM)
A Bushfire Warning Message (BWM) is the highest level of warning to all South Australians, and will generally be issued for wide area community impact.
A Bushfire Warning Message will be issued when a major bushfire is burning out of control in very high to extreme fire weather conditions at the fire, and where CFS is primarily undertaking defensive strategies to protect lives and property.
In addition, the message will also only be issued when the risk of loss or life or threat to properties is almost certain or has occurred.
Bushfire Information Message (BIM)
A Bushfire Information Message (BIM) is issued to the community to provide information about a bushfire, which is yet to be brought under control and is threatening or has the potential to threaten public safety.
This message includes information and advice in relation to the effects a bushfire may have on an area, away from where the bushfire is actually occurring. This information may include details on smoke or road closures.
Bushfire Information Messages are tailored to each specific situation and updated as the bushfire situation changes.
Compressed Air Breathing Apparatus
Compressed Air Foam System
A fire normally of a size and/or complexity that requires substantial firefighting resources and possibly several days or weeks to suppress.
Category 1 Workplace Trainer
Category 2 Workplace Trainer
Citizens Band Radio
Chemical Biological Radiological
Conservation Council of South Australia
Chief Executive Officer
Country Fire Authority (Victoria.)
Country Fire Service
Country Fire Service State Coordination Centre
Country Fire Service Volunteers Association
Change of Command
Upon arrival of a more senior officer from the same service or an officer with relevant legislative responsibility for the area in which the incident occurred, that officer may assume command.
Change of Quarters
Term used to describe when a Brigade is placed in active standby in another Brigade Station.
Critical Incident Stress Management
Council of Australian Government
The cold zone contains the forward control point and other support functions as are deemed necessary to control the incident (see Control Zones).
The agency, service, organisation or authority with the legislative authority for control of the incident. Also referred to as the Responsible Authority or Agency.
The direction of members and resources of an agency in performance of the agency´s role and tasks. Authority to command is established by legislation or by agreement with an agency. Command relates to agencies and operates vertically within an agency.
The person whom for the time being is at Brigade level, the most senior officer in charge of that CFS Brigade. At Group Level, the most senior officer in charge of the CFS region. (Country Fire Service Regulations, 2003).
Enclosed or partially enclosed space, which at atmospheric pressure during occupancy and is not intended as a workspace and may have restricted entry and exit. It may include but not restricted to storage tanks, vessels, boilers, silo, sewers, ducts and shaft. It may also include ship space entered through small hatchway or access point. (OH&S Regs 1995).
Any verbal report of a fire or other emergency. This excludes automatic and manual fire alarm calls that are not supported by verbal confirmation.
A fire is contained when its spread has been halted, but it may still be burning freely within the perimeter or fire control lines. Other incidents are contained when the spread or growth of the incident has been halted.
The overall direction of response activities in an emergency situation. Authority for control is established in legislation or in an emergency response plan, and carries with it the responsibility for tasking and coordinating other agencies in accordance with the needs of the situation. Control relates to situations and operates horizontally across agencies.
The designation of areas at a hazardous materials incident based upon safety and the degree of hazard. These zones are defined as Hot, Warm, and Cold Zones.
The time, which the complete perimeter of a fire is secured, and no breakaway are expected. For other incidents, the time at which the incident is secure and there is no possibility of extension of growth of the incident.
The bringing together of agencies and elements to ensure effective response to an incident or emergency. It is primarily concerned with the systematic acquisition and application of resources (agency, personnel and equipment) in accordance with the requirements imposed by the emergency or emergencies. Co-ordination relates primarily to resources and operates: vertically, within and agency, as a function of the authority to command; and Horizontally, across agencies, as a function of the authority to control.
Codes of Practice are a set of principles or rules, which are generally made between two or more individuals, groups or agencies. They enable different agencies to have agreed ways of working together and an understanding of each other´s position.
Chief Officers Standing Order
The basic unit of firefighters in a team. It normally consists of four to eight personnel and shall be a minimum of four.
Country Women´s Association
Department of Administrative and Information Services (old terminology)
District Bushfire Prevention Committee (old terminology)
District Bushfire Prevention Plan (old terminology)
Deputy Chief Officer
The Officer designated as having responsibilities for decontamination
A zone established for decontamination operations and is set up in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Training Manual.
Department of Education and Child Development
Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources
Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure
The returning of personnel and equipment from operations to home location.
Divisional Emergency Operations Centre
Extended participation in an operation usually consisting of 1 day travel, 3 days work, 1 day travel.
Deputy Group Officer
Calls originating from SA Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS) Communications Centres and calls instigated by Brigade, Group, Region or State Operations Centre.
A portion of the fire perimeter comprising of two or more sectors. The number of sectors grouped in a Division should be such as to ensure effective direction and control of operations. Divisions are generally identified by a local geographic name.
Deputy State Coordinator
Distress Signal Unit
Dual Response Area
Any defined area adjacent to the CFS/SAMFS boundary that is mutually agreed and documented for Mutual Aid procedures.
Entry Control Officer for CABA operations
Eastern Eyre Peninsula Fire Ban District
Emergency Management Australia
Emergency Management Council (SA)
Environmental Protection Authority
Environment Protection and Bio-diversity Conservation Act (Commonwealth)
Emergency Response System (Phone)
A pre-planned route away from danger area at a fire.
Estimated Time of Arrival
Environmental Technical Reference Group (of the SBCC)
Early Warning Intercommunications System
Forest Fire Danger Index
Fire Alarm Control Unit
Fleurieu Bushfire Management Committee
Fire Danger Index
Fire Danger Rating
Fire Danger Season
Forest Fire Danger Index
Fire Ground Practice
See Alarm Panel
A technique of suppressing a bushfire by dropping water, foam or retardants on it from an aircraft.
Fire Danger Index
A relative number denoting the potential rates of spread, or suppression difficulty for specific combinations of temperature, relative humidity, drought effects and wind speed.
Fire Danger Rating
A relative class denoting the potential rates of spread, or suppression difficulty for specific combinations of temperature, relative humidity, drought effects and wind speed, indicating the relative evaluation of fire danger
Fire Danger Rating
What Does it Mean?
What Should I Do?
Total Fire Ban
YOU NEED TO ACT NOW
Total Fire Ban
YOU NEED TO GET READY TO ACT
Total Fire Ban
YOU NEED TO BE AWARE
LOW - MODERATE
The area in the vicinity of a fire suppression operations, and the area immediately threatened by the fire. It includes burning and burnt areas; constructed and proposed fire lines; the area where firefighters, vehicles, machinery and equipment are located when deployed; roads and access points under traffic management control; tracks and facilities in the area surrounding the actual fire; and may extend to adjoining area directly threatened by the fire.
A standard document practice for undertaking specific fireground tasks.
A client alarm system connected to a fire station
Fuel Moisture Content
Flinders Mid North Yorke Bushfire Management Committee
Forest Owners Conference
Fire Panel Indicator
Fire Prevention Officer (local government)
Any material such as grass, leaf litter and live vegetation, which can be ignited and sustains a fire. Fuel is usually measured in tonnes per hectare.
Fuel Moisture Content
The water content of a fuel particle expressed as a percent of the oven dry weight of the fuel particle (%ODW).
Government Agencies Fire Liaison Committee
Government Agencies Fire Management Group (formerly GAFLC)
Gamma Radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation, similar to x-ray.
Group Control Centre
Group Duty Officer
Grassland Fire Danger Index
General Purpose Tanker
Vehicles with 2000 litres of water, crew space (haven/deck/cabin), standard CFS fire fighting equipment, a minimum of 2.2 type.
Geographic Information System
Any incident that is expanding or continuing to require an active or escalating response.
Group Operations Management Plan
Global Positioning System
Group Primary Simplex Channel
Group Primary Talk Group
Government Radio Network
Group Secondary Simplex Channel
Group Secondary Talk Group
Group Training Officer
The radioactivity of all radioactive materials reduces as time passes. The half-life of a radioactive substance is the average time for one half of any activity or any quantity of atoms to decay or disintegrate.
Hot Zone or initial isolation zone
Hazardous Materials Training Officer
All aircraft that carries greater than 60 passengers.
The area immediately surrounding a hazardous materials incident, which extends far enough to prevent adverse affects from hazardous materials releases to personnel outside the zone (see Control Zones).
Incident Action Plan
Interim Bushfire Management Area Plan
Incident Control Centre
Incident Control System
Initial Emergency Response Guide
Initial Incident Report
A fire normally of a size and/or complexity that is dealt with by a single shift, it may require substantial numbers of resources, but is generally concluded with 24 hours.
Incident Management Team
An event, accidentally or deliberately caused, which requires a response from one or more of the statutory emergency response agencies.
Incident Action Plan
A statement of objectives and strategies to be taken to control or suppress an incident, approved by the Incident Controller.
Incident Audit Report
An investigation that shall occur after any incident involving a death, which occurred as a result of a structure fire or wildfire.
The overall management of the incident.
Incident Control System
A command structure to systematically and logically manage suppression of emergency incidents including Wildfires, from small, simple incidents to large, difficult or multiple situations. It is designed to develop in modular fashion from the top (Incident Controller) downwards.
The individual responsible for the management of an incident´s operations.
The group of incident management personnel comprising the Incident.
Incident Management Talkgroup
Talkgroup allocated for the management of an Incident.
Kangaroo Island Bushfire Management Committee
Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 CFS Training Course
Limestone Coast Bushfire Management Committee
Lower Eyre Peninsula
Lower Eyre Peninsula Bushfire Management Committee
Local Government Association
All aircraft, fixed or rotary wing, single or twin engine that carries less than60 passengers.
Appliance with a light pumping capability (ie 1000 litres/minute @ 700 kpa).
Log / Logging
Documentation of CFS activities in relation to incidents.
The provision of facilities, services and materials required to assist in the combat of the incident.
Liquid Petroleum Gas
Last Resort Refuges
Lower South East Fire Ban District
An incident that incurs costs outside of Regional Budgets.
Major Injury Reporting
Procedures in the event of an Immediately Notifiable Work Related Injury of Notifiable Dangerous Occurrence involving a CFS fire fighter.
Any person or organisation employed by or contracted to a television or radio station, wire service providing news information, newspaper or magazine, this is available for consumption by the general public.
Media Liaison Officer (Public Affairs Unit)
A Media Liaison Officer is responsible for the provision of an efficient, effective and timely communication, media liaison and public relations service in support of internal and external corporate communication strategies and programs, emergency incidents and the management of public safety issues.
An Appliance with medium volume pump (ie 2000+ litres / minute @ 700 kpa).
Metropolitan Fire Service
Mission, Information, Develop options Analyse options, Select options
Murray Lands Fire Ban District Area
Mount Lofty Ranges
Mount Lofty Ranges Primary Response Zone
Murray Mallee Bushfire Management Committee
Materials Management Support Officer
Mid North Fire Ban District Area
The moving of assembled and prepared resources to an incident.
To systematically work the entire are of a fire for a defined distance in from the edge/control line to ensure it is a safe incident.
Memorandum of Understanding
Material Safety Data Sheet
National Aerial Fire Fighting Centre
North East Pastoral Fire Ban District Area
National Emergency Risk Assessment Guidelines
The GRN System accessed by terminal equipment.
A radioactive source that emits neutrons. Neutrons cannot be detected.
National Fire Prevention Association
(SAGRN) Network Operations Control Centre
National Parks and Wildlife Service
National Parks and Wildlife Service of South Australia
Natural Resources and Environment (Vic.)
Natural Resources Management
Native Vegetation Council
North West Pastoral Fire Ban District
Operate Breathing Apparatus, Open Circuit
A goal statement identifying the desired outcomes of an incident.
Outback Bushfire Management Committee
CFS issued book for logging and documentation of CFS activities.
Operations Centre Officer
Oven Dry Weight
The area where CFS responds to a RAAF aircraft emergency off field, where the Country Fires Act 1989 applies.
The Officer is responsible or in charge of a specific group of personnel or appliances.
Occupational Health and Safety
Occupational Health Safety and Welfare.
The Designated Officer to be Operationally Available for an area of responsibility.
The area where RAAF is the combatant authority and civil aviation regulations apply. CFS may respond if requested to an aircraft emergency in this area.
The active involvement in emergency incident normalisation, or practice or training exercise for members of the CFS organisation. Country Fire Service Regulations, 2003.
Breakdown in communications
The Principal Authorised Representative and the person in each agency using SAGRN who is appointed to be responsible for that agency´s use of SAGRN.
Portable Automatic Weather Station
(Phytophora Cinnamomi) Biological fungi, which can have devastating effects on natural habitats that can infest an area through accidental spread of contaminated soil on vehicles and boots.
Position Information Description
Primary Industries and Resources South Australia
Collection and analysis of specific information and the planning of response activities as the incident progresses.
Point of Origin
Personal Protective Clothing
Personal Protective Equipment
Positive Pressure Ventilation
The controlled application of fire under specified environmental conditions to a predetermined area and at the time, intensity and rate of spread required to attain planned resource management objectives.
Primary Response Area
The designated response area for a brigade.
Region wide talkgroup allocated to a Group.
To respond to emergency incident, which requires an urgent response, complying with Rule 306 of the Australian Road Rules and using flashing lights and sirens.
For non-urgent travel, including to an emergency incident where non-urgent attendance is required complying with the Australian Road Rule, siren and flashing lights are not to be used.
Public Switched Telephone Network and the conventional landline telephone system.
Quick Attack Vehicle
Quick Attack Appliance
Appliance with 1000 litres of water and a minimum 1.2 type
Royal Australian Air Force
Rays produced by the decay of a radioactive material.
The emission of sub-atomic particles or rays by the nuclei of atoms.
Regional Administration Officer
Regional Accident Rescue
Regional Accident Rescue Training Officer
Rate of Speed
The progress of a fire expressed as a unit of time over a distance.
Regional Bushfire Prevention Committee (old terminology)
Regional Commander (CFS)
Regional Cadet Committee
Regional Coordination Centre
Road Crash Rescue
Regional Cadet Rep
The amount of water vapour in a given volume of air, expressed as a percentage of the maximum amount of water vapour the air can hold at that temperature.
The REM (Radiation Equivalent-Man) is a unit of radiation dose equivalent, now superseded by the Sievert. A REM is one-hundredth of a Sievert.
On the first notification of an incident, that incident is said to be a reported incident.
A plan detailing the response for a risk or an area including the type and number of resources.
Regional Fire Prevention Officer
Rural Fire Service (NSW)
Plan for assets (risk) to detail layout, construction, potential hazards, on-site firefighting equipment and resources and an action plan.
Riverland Fire Ban District
Regional Operations Management Plan
Regional Operations Planning Officer (CFS)
Rate of Speed
Regional Prevention Officer (CFS)
Regional Primary Simplex Channel
Regional Primary Tax Group
Regional Secondary Simplex Channel
Regional Secondary Talk Group
Regional Training Officer
Regional Volunteer Management Committee (CFS)
Roadside Vegetation Management Plan
S A Ambulance Service
SA Bushfire Risk Register
South Australian Country Fire Service
The stage if fire suppression, prescribed burning or incident response when it is considered that no further suppression or control action or patrols are necessary.
South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission
SA Farmers Federation
South Australian Government Radio Network
Staging Area Manager
South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service
South Australian Police
Search and Rescue
State Air Response Coordinator
South Australian State Emergency Service
State Bushfire Coordination Committee
State Bushfire Management Plan
State Coordination Centre
State Cadet Committee
Soil Dryness Index
State Duty Officer
Supplementary Development Plan
In a sealed source, the radioactive material is encapsulated in a non-radioactive material such as stainless steel. The encapsulation prevents the escape of the radioactive material but allows the radiation to pass through.
A Region wide talkgroup allocated by Region in accordance with Communications Section of Regional Response Plan.
A specific area of a fire, which is under the control of a Sector Commander who is supervising a number of crews.
State Emergency Information Call Centre Capability
State Emergency Management Committee (SA)
State Emergency Operations Centre
South East Primary Response Zone
State Emergency Service
Standards of Fire Cover
Standards of Fire and Emergency Cover (CFS)
Senior Fire Fighter
A shielded source is stored within a container, often a lead pot, which is designed to prevent radiation from escaping. While the containment is intact, no danger exists from this source.
The period resources are allocated during an operation at the incident or on the fireground.
Replacement of allocated crews and or equipment during operations.
The Sievert is the standard unit of radiation dose equivalent. A micro-Sievert is one-millionth of a Sievert.
Paper message to allow timely advice to CFS staff to enable monitoring of current State Wide operational activity and contingency capability.
State Information Management Plan
Situation Report Brief situation report, usually given at regular intervals (OP3.3).
Situation Report Format
Strategic Leadership Group
Skills Maintenance Drill
Situation, Mission, Execution, Admin., Communications, Safety
State Operations Centre
State Operations Call Centre
Standard Operating Procedures (CFS)
Stress Prevention and Management
Span of Control
A concept, which related to the number of groups or individuals, controlled by one person - a factor of 1:5 is recommended.
State Risk Register (CFS Corporate)
Scientific Services Laboratory
A location close to the incident where personnel and equipment are available.
The period during which personnel are to be immediately available at home or at other locations for emergency events.
State Training Centre (Brukunga)
Strike Team Leader
State Training Officer
State Operational Management Plan
A responding appliance is not required and is to return to station Priority 2.
Standard equipment stowed on an appliance or CFS vehicle.
A statement detailing how an objective is to be achieved.
A set number of resources of the same type that have an established minimum number of personnel. Strike Teams always have a leader in a separate vehicle and a common communications system. They are made up of five resources of the same type e.g. earth moving machinery, crews and vehicles.
A fire burning part, or all of any building, shelter, or other construction.
An Agency, Service, Organisation or Authority providing assistance to the combatant authority.
State Volunteer Management Committee
Technical Advice Coordinator
The tasking of personnel and resources to implement the incident strategies. Incident control tactics are accomplished in accordance with appropriate agency procedures and safety directives. Tactics are normally determined at Division/Sector level with corresponding allocation of resources and personnel.
Trunking "channel" available on the voice network.
Vehicles with a minimum water capacity of 4000 litres, a transfer pump and 30-metre protection hose reel.
Training Administration System (CFS)
A job given to any firefighting force or unit.
A combination of resources assembled for a specific purpose. They always have a leader in a separate vehicle and a common communications system. Task Forces are established t meet tactical needs and may be demolished as single resources.
Controller, and the personnel he or she appoints to be responsible for the functions of Operations, Planning and Logistics.
Portable, mobile and base station radios.
Total Fire Ban
Task Force Leader
Total Fire Ban
A ban on lighting and maintaining of a fire in the open, and can be invoked at any time during the year. When invoked, the Total Fire Ban is imposed for a period of 24 hours, from midnight to midnight, but may also be imposed for part of a day or days. (Country Fire Service Regulations, 2003)
Training Provider Workshop
Respond a brigade or appliance to an incident.
Standard personal protective clothing and equipment used at incidents eg overall, helmet, boots, gloves, turnout coat, goggles and safety glasses.
Type 1 Incident
Small. Simple to manage. Small number of resources. Minimal threat or impact to the general community. Managed by 1 to 3 personnel.
Type 3 Incident
Large. Complex. Divided into sectors and divisions. There may be multiple shifts and numerous other agencies involved. Significant threat or impact to community.
Universal Business Directory
Upper Eyre Peninsula Bushfire Management Committee
United Fire Fighters Union
Ultra High Frequency
Appliance with large volume pump (ie 3000+litres/minute @ 700 kpa) and stowage principally used for urban fire fighting.
Urban Search and Rescue
Upper South East Fire Ban District Area.
User ID (Alias)
The five-digit identification number assigned to a particular radio terminal (and the name assigned to that terminal).
Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission
Volunteer Fire Brigades Association
Very High Frequency
Volunteer Management Branch
Volunteer Call Takers
Those people nominated by a Group or Brigade to answer Alarm Calls on the ALERTS.
Volunteer Support Officer
The control zone at a hazardous materials site where personnel and equipment decontamination and hot zone support takes place. It includes control points for the access corridor, helping to reduce the spread of contamination (see Control Zones).
West Coast Fire Ban District Area
Zone Emergency Centre
Zone Emergency Management Committee
Zone Emergency Management Planning Officer
Zone Emergency Operations Centre