During 2012 the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) celebrated its 150th anniversary.
Originally known as the South Australian Fire Brigade, documents show the MFS was formed on 5 November 1862 and is now one of the oldest legislated (government) fire services in the world.
Locally and internationally, the MFS is held in high esteem and employs over 1,000 staff across 36 stations (20 metropolitan and 16 regional).
The MFS marked this occasion with an event to officially open the upcoming six months of celebrations with a launch on Thursday, 26 April 2012 at the Adelaide Fire Station in Wakefield Street. Two large banners were unveiled on the front of Adelaide Station by The Hon Jennifer Rankine MP, Minister for Emergency Services.
Meantime, MFS Fire Appliances were branded with the message '1862-2012 Serving South Australia'.
A shift assembly was held across all stations on the morning of Friday, May 4 to recognise St Florian's Day, also known as International Firefighters Day (St Florian is the patron saint of firefighters).
Several of the State's firefighter memorials were refurbished and unveiled. This included Fireman Gardner's Drinking Fountain at Elder Park, the Emergency Services Memorial at Centennial Park and the Wall of Remembrance at the Adelaide Fire Station. The memorial at Cheltenham Cemetery is still to be refurbished.
An interactive stand was included in the program at the Royal Adelaide Show in September and followed by a further shift assembly across all stations on Wednesday, October 10 for National Firefighters Remembrance Day.
On Monday, 5 November to commemorate the official date that the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service was formed, the Wall of Remembrance at Adelaide Station was unveiled.
Celebrations concluded with the traditional MFS Open Day on Saturday, November 10 following the Annual Credit Union Christmas Pageant.
While this anniversary was cause for celebration, it was also a timely opportunity to remember the 10 MFS fire-fighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The MFS also has a proud history of community education and engagement. Whether it be taking tour groups through fire stations, the successful Road Awareness Program, or reminding people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms - South Australians hold the service in high esteem.
Like all our emergency services personnel, firefighters give a lot and expect little in return. By supporting the 150th celebrations, South Australians had the chance to thank the MFS for the role it plays in keeping our community safe.
The official MFS eNewsletter for the 150 Year Celebrations.