The South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) is responsible for protecting the community from the effects of fire, road crashes, chemical incidents and other emergencies.

Our organisation invests considerable resources in identifying risks to the South Australian public. This includes educating and engaging with the community to increase preparedness and ensuring the states buildings are safe places to live and work. To view our community engagement and community education programs view our Community Safety page .

Historically the MFS was the main provider of structural firefighting for the State of South Australia. We have now evolved into a multi-hazard agency that is better equipped to provide for the community we serve. In addition to fighting fires our personnel respond to a broader range of emergencies and services that include;

  • Building fire safety
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBR) hazards
  • Community education and engagement
  • Fire Investigation
  • Hazardous Materials (Hazmat)
  • Media relations and Public Warnings
  • Road Crash Rescue (RCR)
  • Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).

Specialist training areas of the MFS

MFS Fire Investigators perform independent investigations to identify and report on the cause and origin of fires, and to detect fire safety issues that place the community at risk. MFS Fire Investigators work collaboratively with South Australia Police (SAPOL), attending incidents that meet the following criteria:

  • Structure fires where, due to the extent of the damage, the skills and expertise of the investigators are necessary to determine the cause or origin of the fire.
  • Fires where there is a death.
  • Fires where there is a serious fire related injury resulting in a person/s being transported and admitted to hospital.

The Hazmat section identifies, develops and delivers technical advice and operational training to MFS crews, other emergency services organisations and external stakeholders, to help them successfully manage hazardous materials incidents. Hazardous materials incidents we attend include:

  • Hazardous materials spills and leaks
  • Contamination issues
  • Industrial and domestic accidents
  • Transport accidents
  • Fires and toxic emissions.
  • Chemical Biological Radiological & Nuclear (CBRN) response
  • Respiratory protection

Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) is specialist multi-agency response team of high trained personnel. They locate, remove and rescue trapped, and often injured victims from partially or fully collapsed structures and other emergency situations. USAR are involved in the following emergency situations:

  • Confined space rescue
  • Heavy complex transport rescue
  • Industrial rescue
  • Structural collapse
  • Swift water rescue
  • Vertical rescue
  • Trench rescue.