South Australian Country Fire Service Promotions Unit

Raising awareness of the roles, training and activities of CFS Volunteers state-wide



Training is a vital part of the CFS.

Most brigades train on a regular basis, many once a week, some once a month, some twice a week. Brigade training varies widely across the CFS. It depends on what functions the brigade provides, for example a brigade that has Road Crash Rescue equipment, might practice cutting up a car at training. A brigade that is not equipped with Road Crash Rescue equipment might practice stabilization techniques for a crashed car.

Hose work training Breathing Apparatus training Road Crash Rescue training

Training can involve a wide range of skills, which might include: pumps and hoses, radio procedures, driving, first aid, vehicle crashes, hazardous material spills, extinguishers, burn offs, Breathing Apparatus, familiarisation of important buildings within the brigade's area, visit to other brigades or agencies, food preparation, incident managements systems, the list is endless!

The CFS also provides courses external to the brigade, on a Group, Regional and State basis

All members must undertake the Basic Firefighter Course (BF1). If you intend to go out to incidents, then you MUST undertake this course, prior to being allowed on the appliance to incidents. This course should be undertaken within the first 6 months of joining.

After BF-1, courses external to the brigade are optional, but members are encouraged to undertake them.

The courses include:

  • Suppress Wildfire,
  • Planation Firefighting,
  • Breathing Apparatus,
  • Compartment Firefighting,
  • Leadership,
  • 'Hazmat' (dealing with hazardous materials spills),
  • Road Crash Rescue,
  • Safe Off Road Driving,
  • Chainsaw Safety,
  • First Aid,
  • Sector Commander,
  • Strike Team leader,
  • Staging Area Management,
  • Train Small Groups,
  • Workplace Assessor,

and Instructor courses in

  • Hot Pad,
  • Breathing Apparatus,
  • Road Crash Rescue,
  • Hazmat and more

Hot Pad training Breathing Apparatus training Road Crash Rescue training

Photos taken by CFS Promotions Unit