South Australian Country Fire Service Promotions Unit

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

 

Rank markings

CFS Ranks & How to Identify Them

Volunteer Positions

Firefighter All Volunteers start as Firefighters and can be elected to more senior positions within their brigade. Firefighters Helmet Firefighters Epaulette
Senior Firefighter Senior Firefighters are usually elected by members of their brigade. A brigade may have between 0 - 4 Senior Firefighters Senior Firefighters Helmet Senior Firefighters Epaulette
Lieutenant 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. Lieutenants Helmet Lieutenants Epaulette
Captain A Captain is the most senior person in a brigade and is ultimately responsible for the operational and administrative aspects of the brigade. Captains Helmet Captains Epaulette
Deputy Group Officer The Deputy assists the Group Officer, and commonly is responsible for a collection of brigades within a Group. A Group has 1-3 Deputy Group Officers. Deputy Group Officers Helmet Deputy Group Officers Epaulette
Group Officer 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. Group Officers Helmet Group Officers Epaulette

The following ranks are held by paid, full time employees of the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission Board, the governing body of the CFS. Paid staff are mainly administrative and do not get involved with incident operations except for major incidents where a high degree of high-level co-ordination is required between South Australia's various emergency services, or a state of emergency has been declared.
All paid staff (with the exception of the Chief Officer) are appointed by, and are responsible to the Chief Officer. The Chief Officer officer is appointed by, and responsible to, the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission Board, and the Minister for Emergency Services.

Paid Positions

Staff Officer Level 1 A level 1 Staff Officer (SO) is the first level of Staff Officer. They are usually based at CFS Headquarters. Staff Officers Helmet Staff Officers Epaulette
Staff Officer Level 2 Level 2 SO's are generally based in regional offices assisting the Regional Commander in the administrative duties for that region. Staff Officers Helmet Staff Officers Epaulette
Staff Officer Level 3 Level 3 SO's are assigned to projects operating out of CFS Headquarters in Adelaide. This can include the policy development, training or bushfire prevention units. Staff Officers Helmet Staff Officers Epaulette
Regional Officer Level 1 A level 1 Regional Officer (RO) is the first level of Regional Officer. They are usually based at CFS Headquarters. Regional Officers Helmet Regional Officers Epaulette
Regional Officer Level 2 Level 2 RO's are generally based in regional offices assisting the Regional Commander in the administrative duties for that region. Regional Officers Helmet Regional Officers Epaulette
Regional Officer Level 3 Level 3 RO's are assigned to projects operating out of CFS Headquarters in Adelaide. This can include the policy development, training or bushfire prevention units. Regional Officers Helmet Regional Officers Epaulette
Regional Commander (level 4) A Regional Commander heads each of the six operational regions, and the Bushfire Prevention Unit. They are responsible for the administration of their region, and high-level liason with other emergency services. Regional Commanders of the six Regions report to the Manager of Operations. Regional Commanders Helmet Regional Commanders Epaulette
Regional Commander (level 5) A Regional Commander heads each of the six operational regions, and the Bushfire Prevention Unit. They are responsible for the administration of their region, and high-level liason with other emergency services. Regional Commanders of the six Regions report to the Manager of Operations. Regional Commanders Helmet Regional Commanders Epaulette
Assistant Chief Officer The Assistant Chief Officer is responsible for all services supporting operations including fire prevention, equipment design and training. Assistant Chief Officers Helmet Assistant Chief Officers Epaulette
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.
Deputy Chief Officers Helmet Deputy Chief Officers Epaulette
Chief Officer 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. Deputy Chief Officers Helmet Deputy Chief Officers Epaulette
To view a chart of thie Chain of Command, follow this link. CFS Chain of Command - This will open a PDF Document  
Information on this page sourced from the SACFS Operational Service Uniform and Corporate Dress document 2009.