South Australian Country Fire Service Promotions Unit

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

 

Lighting

Essential for night work

Appliance with a stem light

During times of emergencies, there is a need to ensure that the work area is well lit for the members working at an incident. This may mean that during the night, or times of low light and poor visibility, lighting plants are brought into action to provide better light.

These units may setup on the vehicle itself in the way of spot lights, stem lights or special banks of motorised lights powered by the vehicle batteries or mounted generator, or be of the portable type, fitted on stands along with a stand alone generator.

Much of this equipment is similar to normal household and commercial type lights and generators, while other designs are used for specific incident types.

Brigades responding to road crash rescues often use high intensity flood lights to provide a large amount of light in a specific area so ambulance and CFS crews can assist the casualty. Other lights may be used to light the general area around the scene.

Normal flood lighting may be used in a structure fire to assist the Fire Cause Investigators to study a possible crime scene and determine the location and means of starting the fire.

All equipment used is regularly tested and deployed to ensure members are familiar with the operation of the plant and that all the lights work as required.

Portable lighting in operation at a Road Crash

Photographs on this page taken by Ashley Hosking, CFS Promotions Unit