Incident Definitions :: CFS

Incident Definitions


Is the date that this incident was first reported to the CFS.


Is the time (24-hour clock) that this incident was first reported to the CFS.

Location / Incident Name

The location indicated is the general area, or district the incident was reported in, not necessarily the exact address of the incident. The symbols represent the general area of the fire, not it's current location or spread. This information is not necessarily 'real time' information.


CFS has six (6) Regions (refer to the CFS Regions webpage for more information). This field indicates which CFS Region the incident is located in. 

CFS Region 1 - Mount Lofty Ranges and Kangaroo Island

CFS Region 2 - Upper Mount Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula and Lower North

CFS Region 3 - Murraylands and Riverland

CFS Region 4 - Flinders, Mid North and Pastoral Areas

CFS Region 5 - South East

CFS Region 6 - Eyre Peninsula and West Coast

MFS - Metropolitan Fire Service


Describes the type of incident being attended by the CFS i.e. Building Fire, Motor Vehicle Accident, Grass Fire etc. Hazmat means that CFS is attending to an incident involving Hazardous Materials - chemicals and/or unknown products.



Any fire expanding in a certain direction or directions. Any incident that is expanding or continuing to require an active or escalated response.


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 time at which the complete perimeter of a fire is secured and no breakaway is expected.  For other incidents, the time at which the incident is secured and there is no possibility of extension or growth of the incident.


This is for non-fire and other incidents.  It is the time at which the incident is secured and there is no further need for CFS involvement.  Other services (Eg: Police) may still be involved in response or recovery operations.


The stage of fire suppression, prescribed burning or incident response when it is considered that no further suppression or control action or patrols are necessary.


Level 1 Incident

A Level 1 incident is an incident that is able to be resolved through the use of local or initial response resources. It is a simple and small incident.  There is minimal threat and impact to the general community.

Level 2 Incident

Level 2 incidents are more complex either in size, resources or risk than a Level 1 incident. There may be a local threat and impact to the community at a local or perhaps at a regional level.

Level 3 Incident

Level 3 incidents are characterised by degrees of complexity that may require the establishment of divisions for effective management of the situation. There may be multiple 12-hour shifts.  There will generally be a significant threat or impact to the community at a local, Regional or State level.