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 - Catastrophic
FDI greater than 100 and over (Grassland Fire Danger Index V)
Fire Danger - Extreme
FDI of 75 and above (Grassland Fire Danger Index V)
Fire Danger - High
FDI of 12 or greater but less than 24 (Grassland Fire Danger Index V)
Fire Danger - Index
A relative number denoting an elevation of rate of spread, or suppression difficulty for specific combinations of fuel, fuel moisture, temperature, humidity and wind speed.
Fire Danger - Low - Moderate
FDI of 0 or greater than 11 (Grassland Fire Danger Index V)
Fire Danger - Severe
FDI of 50 or greater but less than 74 (Grassland Fire Danger Index V)
Fire Danger - Very High
FDI of 25 or greater but less than 49 (Grassland Fire Danger Index V)
The level at which VHF simplex radio will be used and ie generally for communications between Strike Team Leader, individual appliances and fire fighters.
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).