About CFS

The South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) serves communities through dedicated volunteers delivering professional fire and rescue services to outer metropolitan, regional and rural South Australia.

The CFS is an all hazards agency responding to bushfire, building fire, road crash rescue and hazardous material spills.

The CFS works alongside the SA Metropolitan Fire Service and State Emergency Service, and with local government to help with strategies for fuel reduction and to educate the community about bushfires and fire safety.

We have strong representation throughout South Australia:

  • 13,500 volunteers, including cadets and operational support members, who are committed to supporting their communities
  • 425 brigades
  • 33 HAZMAT brigades
  • 66 Road Crash Rescue brigades
  • 6 regions
  • 51 groups
  • 2 State Training Centres
  • a fleet of over 800 fire trucks.

The CFS has divided South Australia into six regions – each managed by a Regional Commander. Read about the regions and how they are made up.

Vision

The South Australian Country Fire Service is the best volunteer fire and rescue service in the world.

Our Ambitions

The CFS ambitions are:

  • As CFS members, we recognise and value our role in supporting others in their time of need. We actively and positively contribute to the safety and wellbeing of South Australians, and to the economic welfare of the State.
  • We attract and retain the best volunteers and staff possible, who are proud of their association with the Service.
  • We value the commitment of our volunteers and staff, and want them to be enhanced by their service.
  • We always prioritise Safety and Operational Readiness using evidence-based data, and ensure that we are ready to face all challenges.
  • We are smart and effective at managing resources, investing wisely and managing finances prudently.
  • We are, and will continue to be, an influential partner in emergency response policy development in Australia.
  • We are a trusted public sector agency working in partnership across the Emergency Services Sector and the South Australian Government.

Our Values

The community of South Australia expects the CFS to conduct its business with professionalism, accountability, integrity and respect. The actions, decisions and interactions of CFS members must:

  • Be consistent with legislation and policy
  • Be transparent and open to public scrutiny
  • Be soundly based on CFS values and their guiding principles, and
  • Consider individual, group and community safety as their highest priority.

Our core values are all of equal importance:

  • Mutual Respect
  • Integrity and Trust
  • Adaptability and Resourcefulness
  • Teamwork: One Team, Many Players, One Purpose
  • Support, Friendship and Camaraderie
  • Community and Our Environment
  • Safety and Welfare
  • Knowledge and Ongoing Learning.

Our structure

The CFS evolved from a long and complex partnership between volunteers, local government and the South Australian government to meet community safety needs for dealing with fires in rural areas.

In 1989, the State Government revised the Country Fires Act and Regulations. This enabled it to develop a standardised service that could respond quickly to emergencies across South Australia rather than individually run local services.

In the late 1990s, the State Government made further changes to ensure the CFS was properly equipped. It made major changes to funding for the CFS and combined the administration of the service with several other emergency services.

The State Government proclaimed the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 on 1 October 2005. This supersedes the Country Fires Act as the governing legislation for the SA Country Fire Service.

South Australian and Australian government legislation governs all emergency service organisations in South Australia.