South Australian Country Fire Service Promotions Unit

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


Respond to Incidents
How brigades get responded

A typical pager message

The CFS member is always prepared to respond when an emergency occurs within the community. They are usually notified of an emergency by either a pager, air raid siren, telephone or radio call.

The most common means of notification is via a pager, which all operational members are issued with. These pagers are part of the State Government Radio Network (GRN) and are managed by a private service provider. The pager screen will display the call details provided to a call centre via a 000 call. A portion of an example message is shown above, which provides all the call details, such as who is responding, what the emergency is and where it is.

The process for an emergency call is as follows:

  • An emergency situation occurs
  • A call is placed to 000
  • This call is transfered to the 'Adelaide Fire' Communications Centre
  • Adelaide Fire determines which brigades will be responded by:
    • determining the closest appliances to the emergency
    • determining the number of appliances which need attend, and
    • which specialist resources will be required
  • The call information is then sent to the required pagers
  • The brigade members then respond appropriately to their brigades to respond in appliances

The air raid siren is often used by brigades to notify brigade members and the community of an emergency in the area. This siren can provide a backup if the paging system fails to operate, and also act as a warning to the community of a possible emergency in the area that they should be aware of. Each Brigade and Group will have a policy on the use of the siren which will vary between areas. Contact your local brigade for more information on this.

Adelaide Fire