South Australian Country Fire Service Promotions Unit

Promoting and Archiving the Historical foundations of the Service


Appliance History

The History of CFS Appliances in South Australia

Montacute Appliance Argyle Appliance

The CFS Promotions Unit has been collecting data on CFS & EFS appliances for some time, and working on programming to enable the extensive data to be added to this website. The first part of that data has now been uploaded to the website. The data used has been collected from a range of sources, however its accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

Currently, the data can be searched on a number of parameters, including registration number, brigade name, appliance type (referring mainly to current classifications of appliances, such as 34, 24P etc.), appliance make (chassis manufacturer) and appliance builder.

For details on Appliance Callsigns over the years, and explanation of these can be found here: Appliance Callsigns

We are endeavouring to add one photo of each appliance, a process we are slowly working through now. We are aware that there are many appliances missing from this list, particularly for de-registered brigades, and that some of the data may be incorrect. If you can assist in correcting, updating, or adding to the information displayed, or supplying photos, please either email us at or email direct from the relevant page, by using the button at the bottom of the page. Where possible, if you are adding information to an existing entry, please quote the number at the bottom left corner of the relevant appliance as this number is unique to that entry.

You can search on a deregistered brigade by typing the name of the brigade in the box on the left hand side of your screen, in the History section - labelled Find An Old Station.

We welcome feedback, information and photos on this newest part of the CFS Promotions Unit website.

To find out about these appliances, select Appliance Search from the menu on the left

Photos taken by Bill Corcoran, Naracoorte CFS and from the Montacute CFS Brigade Website