The Emergency Services Levy is a levy on all real estate and some vehicles for funding emergency services across South Australia so they can continue to save lives and property. The levy came into effect on 1 July 1999. For more information, clicking here will take you to the page that explains the Emergency Services Levy in detail.
Regional Capability Community Fund
The Regional Capability Community Fund (RCCF) is a new grant program established to recognise valuable contributions of community volunteers that are often the first responders to an emergency incident within their community the South Australian government has identified a need to provide additional financial support to allow volunteers and the community to better address the unique and complex challenges that exist in their local environment.
While community and emergency service volunteers in rural, regional or remote areas are resourceful and innovative, the Regional Capability Community Fund has been made available for the next four years to increase the level of support for the unique safety, communication and resources required to enhance this front line response at community level.
Individuals, community groups, CFS brigades and groups, SES units and community groups are eligible to apply for funding equipment and initiatives that support volunteers and enhance community capability.
Grants of between $500 and $5,000 will be available with Applications opening soon!
The South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) is the agency responsible for supporting the Country Fire Service, Metropolitan Fire Service and the State Emergency Service, undertaking strategic policy planning, governance and resource allocation for the overall fire and emergency services sector. SAFECOM also supports emergency management planning across South Australia.
As part of the process of responding to the Holloway Review into the Fire and Emergency Services Act, 2005 the Minister for Emergency Services has completed a series of roundtable discussions with key parties to discuss the ways to build upon the existing positive working relationships between the CFS, SES and MFS and the high level of services they deliver to the community. A discussion paper was prepared, which summarised the feedback from the extensive consultation process that occurred between June-August. The Minister addressed members of the sector through a video conference on the 19th December 2014 to discuss the progress of the reform. Please click here for more information.
From 1 September 2014 when you see a stationary emergency vehicle with red or blue flashing lights, you must slow down to 25km/h. Whether it's an ambulance, MFS, CFS, SES or police vehicle, it's your responsibility to protect those that are protecting you and others in the community.
For More Information, please click onto Drive 25
David Place, Chief Executive of the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM), is pleased to announce the recent completion of a project looking at improving the accessibility of emergency services information and emergency services to deaf, hearing and speech impaired persons in South Australia.
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SAFECOM is currently undertaking a project focussed on enhancing accessibility of deaf, hearing and speech impaired persons to emergency services and emergency information.
For more information click here.
Consultation is completed regarding the Approved Code of Practice for working hours. The Code recognises the significant risk excessive working hours poses to the health, safety and welfare of South Australian employees, volunteers and their families. Frontline emergency services employees and volunteers were highlighted and new guidelines have been developed to assist emergency service providers. You can click here to see a copy of the guideline and click here to see a copy of FLAWS an accompanying resource.
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