Bushfire Safety Training for Media :: CFS

Bushfire Safety Training for Media

The CFS supports media representatives attending our incidents.  We recognise their important role in delivering safety information to communities and highlighting the valuable work of CFS volunteers.

The CFS requires any media personnel who are likely to attend a bushfire incident in South Australia to be appropriately trained in safe working practices. This includes our requirement that media are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for their personal safety, and also the safety of CFS personnel.

Training overview

Each year before the start of the Fire Danger Season, the CFS offers a series of training sessions to media representatives including journalists, photographers, reporters, producers and freelancers.

The training program consists of a two-hour session which covers basic fire awareness and safety and survival information on a fireground. The training also includes an overview of how bushfires are managed by the CFS and its volunteer firefighters.

At the conclusion of the training, participants will take part in a short theory-based assessment and those who successfully complete the assessment will be issued with a CFS accreditation card.

The CFS media accreditation card remains valid for two years and must be prominently worn at any CFS-controlled fireground. This card will not always guarantee access to a fireground, which will be at the discretion of the CFS. Safety will always remain the priority.

Bushfire safety for media training sessions are offered in the morning or afternoon, including one evening session. Participants are only required to attend one of these sessions.

To register, please email corporatecomms@cfs.sa.gov.au and nominate your preferred session.

Personal Protective Clothing for media

It is a requirement that all media attending a CFS controlled fire ground are wearing compliant Personal Protective Clothing (PPC) for their safety.

The full kit of media PPC consists of:

  • Proban-treated yellow media wildfire jacket and pants, clearly labelled with 'MEDIA'.
  • Yellow helmet with the word 'MEDIA' on the side
  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Wildland boots
  • A face mask

CFS requires all PPC used on a fireground to be certified to the relevant Standard. These standards are:

  • AS/NZS4824 for wildland clothing;
  • AS/NZS4821 – Type 1 for wildland boots;
  • AS/NZS1801 - Type 3 for wildland helmets;
  • AS/NZS2161.6 Type 1 for gloves;
  • AS/NZS1337 for eyewear.

When a product complies with the above standards it will be clearly labelled accordingly.

Any media found on a fireground not wearing correct PPC may be removed from the fireground for their own safety. Media personnel may also be requested to return their accreditation card.

Media attending bush fires should also ensure they have enough drinking water, a first aid kit and sunscreen.

It is the responsibility of the media outlet to provide this equipment to their staff.

Equipment can be purchased from:

Stewart and Heaton
Unit 5
4 Coglin Street Ridleyton
Ph 8346 4507

Fire and Rescue Australia
190 Main Road Blackwood
Ph 8370 2739

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