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Country Fire Service / Re: station aplliance list
« on: October 07, 2015, 09:28:01 AM »
Everything you ever wanted to know about appliances, station codes etc can be found on


Country Fire Service / Re: Tablets / Electronic maps
« on: October 02, 2015, 01:08:42 PM »
I like the idea of tablets etc in an appliance - a great resources.  However, at Sampson Flat, strike teams were sent to s specific location.  My appliance got the map book out, and navigated to where we had to go.

Other appliances had to ask for directions, as they only had a tablet (no map book) and either it was too hard to work it out, or they had no service (which was a distinct possibility)


SA Firefighter General / Re: Rank Structure
« on: April 25, 2015, 08:43:19 AM »
Some info here

although I haven't updated it to take into account more than 1 Assistant chief officer.....


SA Firefighter General / Re: Appliances lost in the hills
« on: January 10, 2015, 07:24:29 AM »
Nah, Pip didn't miss the point, but the questions was so non specific, that I couldn't resist!!

One of the SRT appliances had a large tree branch land on the it.  It is a write off.

Luckily all of the crew on the back were sitting down, with their seat belts on, and none of them were injured....


SA Firefighter General / Re: Appliances lost in the hills
« on: January 08, 2015, 01:14:41 PM »
Hate to admit it, but we got lost around Kersbrook...had to use the breadcrumbs on the GPS to find our way out!


SA Firefighter General / Re: Interesting Fire and Emergency Related Paging
« on: September 23, 2014, 06:53:54 PM »
They can't use the existing GRN or VHF's as the Vic & SA radio systems aren't compatible.


SA Firefighter General / Re: Ammusing pager message.
« on: August 05, 2014, 06:15:58 PM »
Failed attempt at what?

Dunno how a person would have got out of any of the windows in the cell blocks.....

SAMFS / Re: 2014 Recruitment
« on: June 10, 2014, 04:11:35 PM »
The Pumpers were funded from previous budgets - and they, I believe, have been delivered much later than originally planned.


Country Fire Service / Re: Barker Rescue stepdown???
« on: May 06, 2014, 08:34:10 PM »
Having MFS there won't really help the problem.
 Just some more spending of money that the government doesn't have. If CFS can't get the funding for a new heavy pumper, what hope is there for MFS to get two pumps there + the extravagant station and the salary for the full-time crew of 6. Much cheaper to buy Mt Barker a pumper crewed by vollies who are quite capable of offering the same service. The incident rate is too low anyway to have a full-time bunch of MFS guys crewing the station doing practically nothing all day. What a waste of money.

I don't profess to know anything about the situation in Mt Barker, however, if you look at stats for CFS & MFS, you will find some full time metro MFS station who do less calls than CFS stations.  So I don't think that is an argument to base not having a MFS station there


SA Firefighter General / Re: Are you Interested???
« on: April 07, 2014, 10:33:52 AM »
A website a bit like this ?


Really :?
And you saw this with your own eyes then, or maybe you were dreaming??? :-D

Nah M & P, I don't dream of red trucks... actually, I don't even dream of fire trucks... got far  more interesting things to dream about!


Country Fire Service / Re: Eden 24P
« on: March 27, 2014, 03:51:37 PM »
I reckon their 24P has internal blinds fitted, so it has some burn over protection... just like lots of other appliances around the place.

And as for it's age, I'm sure it'd be on the list for a replacement... just like lots of other appliances around the same age.



Country Fire Service / Re: CFS FAQ's
« on: March 08, 2014, 08:13:14 PM »
Change of quarters refers to moving appliances from their home station, to another station, to cover the second station, when they are tied up on something.  Regularly see MFS appliances being moved  to other MFS stations. 

CFS called in to cover MFS stations when things get very busy (I understand that for one of the Wingfield fires, there was only one MFS appliance in a metro station - CFS were covering all of the other stations, and all of the MFS trucks were at the fire!) 

CFSRES tone is used for CFS, as it is actually a callout.

CFS (and sometime SES) crews are called to set up a helo landing site - they need to find a suitable location, nearby the location, clear it of hazards, ensure people aren't in the way, check for hazards such as powerlines, and advised the incoming chopper, provide a GPS location for the location, and, if at night, light the area for the chopper (and there are specific lighting requirements.)

They also need to liaise with the chopper in regard to thing like weather conditions / wind speed / direction etc.

Depending on where the chopper lands, relative to the incident, CFS crews may also ferry the incoming crews to the scene.


Country Fire Service / Re: Personal Jobs
« on: March 08, 2014, 07:56:24 AM »
I can't see a problem with helping out your own members with things like pumping out something, rescuing animals etc.  (Although we do respond to calls from the public to rescue animals).

The question to ask is, living in a small community, if other members (non CFS) of that community asked for assistance in the tasks you talk about, would you go & help them too?  I suspect the answer would be yes.

So if you are willing to do these tasks for members of the public, why is it bad to do the same for your own members?

In my view, the tasks you have listed should be out down either as AIRS reports (such as rescuing an animal), or on the non-incident stats for other tasks - I see all those tasks as legitimate use of CFS resources


Country Fire Service / Re: Rural 44 appliance
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:31:10 PM »
Have you given feedback to HQ ?

The 44 you mention is the prototype - feedback was encouraged, to make the next build a better one...


SA Firefighter General / Re: Ammusing pager message.
« on: March 02, 2014, 08:22:54 PM »
May be they do, maybe they don't

What the???
What a pointless comment
Perhaps the saying "if you have nothing good to say, keep silent" or even just 'shut the phuck up' should apply.
Although I guess it goes with all the frivolous pages sent, me thinks some like seeing their names out there???

No need to abuse people for making a post - and you will find out there that some cadets do have pagers, while most don't.   

Am I not allowed to express some facts in the way I normally speak, or isn't that allowed either?


SA Firefighter General / Re: Ammusing pager message.
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:39:01 PM »
May be they do, maybe they don't, but the Cadet Leaders working with the cadets probably would.....


SAMFS / Re: New MFS station for Salisbury
« on: January 28, 2014, 04:15:20 PM »
I doubt it BT085 - this station is a replacement for the existing Salisbury MFS station, not an addition


SA Firefighter General / Re: Interesting Fire and Emergency Related Paging
« on: December 26, 2013, 08:38:51 AM »
Why do you say their are two appliances out of Gawler, from that message?

Looks like one from Gawler, and one probably out of Elizabeth (perhaps being change of quarters to Elizabeth, from Salisbury)


SA Firefighter General / Re: Interesting Fire and Emergency Related Paging
« on: November 06, 2013, 04:04:12 PM »
Sort had lots of appliances called, but many had delays in getting there - my brigade was called, but being a training night, we were out playing with water, and our tank was pretty much empty, and we were at the other end of our patch (the opposite end to the supposed fire!) - So we had to fill up first, and the next brigade sent.

I believe the spot fire was actually a totally unrelated fire, that had been burning for sometime - nothing to do with the CFS burn at all.


SA Firefighter General / Re: Interesting Fire and Emergency Related Paging
« on: November 04, 2013, 09:02:55 PM »
And what appears on the pagers is not always true...


Talking of fatigue..... or it's a very interesting job!

15:11:55  22-10-13


Country Fire Service / Re: CFS Associate (?) Member
« on: October 22, 2013, 09:46:32 AM »
I believe Region 2 have what you are talking about - not sure if they are currently accepting members

Have a look at Ops support brigades... there are plenty of them on the urban fringe areas.

Not quite the same as riding a fire truck, but still part of CFS.


SA Firefighter General / Re: Newbie buying a UBCD396XT
« on: October 10, 2013, 04:25:09 PM »  might help


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