All Volunteers start as Firefighters and can be elected to more senior positions within their brigade.
Senior Firefighters are usually elected by members of their brigade. A brigade may have between 0 - 4 Senior Firefighters
A Lieutenant is the first level of an officer. All officers are elected by brigade members every two years. A brigade can have between
2 - 4 Lieutenants.
A Captain is the most senior person in a brigade and is ultimately
responsible for the operational and administrative aspects of
Deputy Group Officer
The Deputy assists the Group Officer, and commonly is responsible
for a collection of brigades within a Group. A Group may have 1-3 Deputy Group
The Group Officer is the most senior rank that is held by a volunteer
in the CFS. A Group officer is responsible for the operational and
administrative aspects of a geographical grouping of brigades.
The following ranks are held by employees of the South Australian Country Fire Service.
The Chief Officer assigns these ranks for specific operational roles, functions, responsibilites and delgations pursuant to
the South Australian Fire and Emergency Service Act 2005..
This is for employees of the SACFS which may include fulltime,
part-time, contracted and casual employees.
Staff Officers are generally based in regional offices assisting the Regional Commander in the administrative duties for that region.
A Deputy Commander supports the Commander.
A Commander maintains an operational lead of specific operational capability or business unit, such as a Region,
and is commonly based in a regional office and may still be referred to a a Regional Officer.
Assistant Chief Officer
An Assistant Chief Officer is responsible for all services
supporting operations including fire prevention, equipment design
Deputy Chief Officer
The Deputy Chief Officer is responsible for ensuring that the CFS
is ready for, and responds to any incident that occurs in the
community it protects.
The Chief Officer is appointed by the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission Board and is responsible to the board and the Minister
for Emergency Services on all matters concerning the CFS.
Information on this page sourced from the
SACFS COSO 19 - 2017. Photos taken by CFS Promotions Unit