Mad March - forewarned is forearmed

Mad March - forewarned is forearmed

It's that time of the year here in South Australia where one fantastic event rolls into another and yet another. 

Most people don't realise there are a multitude of people working behind the scenes to ensure every event and activity is held in the safest possible manner.

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The South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) is responsible for providing safer communities by maintaining the capability to respond to emergency incidents occurring here. South Australia has a vibrant event social life with festivals, sports, art and commercial activities.

These activities occur all year round but the majority are during the warmer months of late summer and are in the greater Adelaide and larger regional areas. Some are well known and iconic, others more obscure or chic. Planning for events and maintaining a response, both to events and the wider community can be significant.

The MFS works closely with Event Organisers to ensure that they meet their obligation to provide and maintain fire safety for both the patrons and the community during their events. We offer fire service liaison and safety advice through our Special Operations and Community Safety & Resilience Departments. 

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Due to the added risk of fire or other potential dangers, the MFS supplies resources as part of risk mitigation measures for an event. Events such as the Clipsal 500 and Tour Down Under incorporate the MFS and other Emergency Service organisations in their day to day operations. 

For other events, fire safety inspections are conducted, ensuring fire safety equipment and procedures are always considered and implemented by organisers. Often it is enough for the MFS to be informed of an event. The old saying "forewarned, is forearmed" is very true, road closures for an event may extend our arrival times if not known in advance and prepared for.

The MFS participates in a forum with other emergency service representatives and local Council, State Government and non-Government organisations who meet regularly where events and their activities are planned.

The MFS will always endeavour to ensure the community is able to safely enjoy the wonderful events hosted in our great state.

Station Officer Stephen Fox