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Project Pinery

The South Australian Country Fire Service was prepared and on high alert the day of the Pinery fire and despite a prompt response little could be done to contain the ferocity of the blaze. Over many years SACFS has cultivated a culture of learning and we are the only fire service in the country with a dedicated position to ensure we learn from every incident. This is true for large incidents as well as small ones. Despite the devastation the fire caused across the mid-north all of our volunteers can be proud of their response, bravery and aptitude displayed the day and days after the Pinery fire.

There are nine lessons identified. Some of these actions are due for completion before the 2016/17 Fire Danger Season begins, while others will be in place by the following fire season. Actions which require added resources or are not within our budgets have a longer timeframe allocated. The table below provides actions and target schedules by which those actions will be completed for each of the nine recommendations identified within Project Pinery. In addition, the Pinery report also referenced previous recommendations and a subsequent table provides SACFS comment on those previous recommendations that were identified as incomplete through the Pinery report.

SACFS is undertaking a review of several incident management components before the next fire season to better equip volunteers and staff with extreme weather conditions. SACFS is currently reviewing its warnings as part of a National review, we have already added maps into our warnings which we hope will help the public understand where a fire is and in which direction it will head this fire danger season. There is also a focus on enhancing intelligence gathering and sharing from the ground to those in command. SACFS is conducting a review of its physical resources both at Incident Control Centre and Regional Coordination Centre levels, it will implement where possible better resources. The budget announcement regarding safety systems for burnovers has been announced this year and this project is already underway.

AFAC Independent Operational Audit - South Australian Fires of January 2015

The SACFS requested AFAC to conduct an independent industry IOA of operations leading up to, and during, the major fires of January 2015. The SA Government supported this approach. The intent of the IOA process is twofold: to assist SA agencies with independent industry advice and comment prior to any potential State based inquiry or further review; and to enhance an industry IOA capability and to provide a model for continuous improvement within AFAC agencies.  SA fire and emergency services are committed to enhancing community safety, quality of life and confidence by minimising the impact of hazards and emergency incidents on the people, environment and economy of SA. This IOA will inform the post-incident analysis for the SACFS and its examination of the broader state Emergency Management (EM) approach.

Download the report here.

CFS Strategic Plan

Aligning with SAFECOM’s vision of “A trusted fire and emergency services sector building safer and more resilient communities”, CFS is actively engaged in undertaking actions which contribute to this outcome through the development of its Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020.

The Plan, which has been developed in collaboration with volunteers and stakeholder organisations, is our clear commitment to identified actions and works to assist in delivering a shared sector vision of safer and more resilient communities.

CFS’ Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 focuses on five strategic directions which identify areas of priority designed to assist in taking CFS forward as a future focussed, innovative organisation.

The five directions frame 13 priorities which provide focus and direction and which will deliver outcomes for the community and our members.

Download the CFS Strategic Plan here (PDF File 1.66 MB)

Annual Reports

CFS Brochures and pamphlets

CFS Fact sheets

CFS Map books

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) in partnership with the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) has published a series of high quality map books covering most of South Australia.

There are presently eight (8) map books in the series covering the Lower South East, Riverland and Murray Mallee, Kangaroo Island, Mount Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula & Mid North, Southern Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula and West Coast.

The second edition of the map books are produced by DEWNR and are known as Emergency Services Map Books. The second edition books produced cover Mount Lofty Ranges, Kangaroo Island, South East with the Yorke Peninsula and Mid North book now available. The Emergency Services Map books are available through Mapland and other retail outlets.

To purchase any of the CFS Map books contact Mapland on (08) 8463 3999, email: or through DEWNR's website

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Rural Areas Property Identification Directory (RAPID)

The RAPID Numbering system is very valuable in assisting the emergency services to locate and identify rural properties.

For information about the RAPID system please click here.

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Volunteer Yearbook

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Volunteer Magazine

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Volunteer Magazine 2012

Volume 128 (full edition) Volunteer Magazine - August 2012 pdf (15Mb)

Volume 127 (full edition) Volunteer Magazine - March 2012 pdf (7Mb)