We have divided South Australia into 6 Regions so we can effectively manage our organisation and provide a responsive emergency service across the state.
A Regional Commander manages each Regional office locally. The Regional Commander reports to the Director, Regional Operations who is based at State Headquarters.
Region 1 covers an area of 10,000 square kilometres and includes southern parts of the Adelaide Hills, the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island, with a population base in excess of 250,000 people. The region offers great diversity from the urban area surrounding Adelaide and the large communities of the hills, through to rural activities including cropping, grazing and world class wine regions.
The region also includes substantial areas of national parks, local sanctuaries and forestry reserves, which are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.
Crews respond to the full range of emergencies including: bush and grass fires, structural fires, road crash rescues, and hazardous materials incidents.
Region 1 has over 3,300 dedicated and highly trained volunteers who staff 85 fire brigades and respond to thousands of incidents across the region each year. While Region 1 has the smallest geographic area, it has the most volunteers and responds to the largest number of incidents.
Region 2 covers an area of over 17,000 square kilometres and includes the northern parts of the Mount Lofty Ranges, the Mid North and Clare and Gilbert Valleys, as well as the Yorke Peninsula.
The Region services a population base of around 140,000 with a strong mix of agriculture and viticulture, as well as manufacturing, commercial forestry, and some urban/rural living on the northern fringe of metropolitan Adelaide, and across the area.
The area is known as a holiday destination, with many people travelling from Metropolitan Adelaide to the wine regions all year around, with heavy traffic during the summer months and long weekends to the Yorke Peninsula. This leads the region to attend many road accidents and rural fires.
Region 2 has over 2,500 highly trained volunteers who operate across 84 brigades across the area, responding to a range of fires, HazMat and road accidents.
Region 3 is a 54,000 square kilometre patch, predominantly covering the Murray lands and the Riverland in the State's East. Servicing a population base of 72,000, the Region's agricultural activities vary from dry land cropping and grazing to large areas of irrigated fruit, wine and vegetables.
As well as tending to fires, the number of vehicles passing through and visiting the region contributes to a high proportion of road crash incidents, particularly on the Dukes Highway. There is an increasing commercial risk in the regions with a large number of facilities being built adjacent the major centers. There has also been some significant investment in renewable energy across the region with a large number of solar panel farms in construction. Significant investment has also occurred with the opening of a purpose built motor sport park.
An increase in tourism, in particular the large number of houseboats being used along the Murray means the Region deals with some unique challenges when it comes to keeping the community safe.
Region 4 is the largest of the six CFS Regions and covers 809,000 square kilometres (about 66%) of the State.
With a population of about 71,000 people, the Region takes in the Mid North, Flinders and North East and North West Pastoral areas. The dominant feature of the Region is the Flinders Ranges, and the combined area is well known for farming, sheep and cattle grazing, grain production and is the gateway to the Outback and mining areas of the State.
The size and sparse nature of the population means the Region faces its own unique challenges in keeping its communities and travellers safe.
Traditional Brigades affiliated with Groups are established in the Mid North and Flinders districts. Due to the vast distances between communities in the North Western and North Eastern Pastoral districts the CFS, out of area Brigades collectively known as Pastoral Brigades, operate in these areas. Our Brigades are supported by about 2,000 highly trained volunteers.
Region 5 covers about 20,000 square kilometres of the state, with a population of 70,000 people. In general terms, it covers the Upper and Lower South East.
With reliable rainfall and abundant underground water, the Region has a strong history as a wealthy agricultural area. The wine growing districts between Penola and Padthaway across to the coast are among Australia's best wine growing districts due to the favourable combination of soils and climate.
The South East of South Australia represents 85 per cent of the state's forests and is a $1.7 billion dollar industry with an annual growth rate of two per cent each year.
Region 6 covers the West Coast and Eyre Peninsula areas of the State. This is about 188,000 square kilometres or 20 per cent of South Australia's land mass, servicing a population of 33,000 people.
The major road network in the region is National Highway One, which runs East-West across the north of the region. The Eyre Highway is the main corridor for heavy freight vehicles, passenger coaches, tourists towing caravans and single light vehicles linking the eastern states and Western Australia.
At present, more than 140,000 vehicles travel along the highway each year. It is predicted that commercial and tourist traffic will increase significantly over the next decade.
The region relies heavily on primary industry for its economic viability. The bulk of their income comes from agriculture, principally cropping and wool, and aquaculture consisting mainly of tuna farming and oysters.