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.
This week is Volunteers Week. The Emergency Services sector has over 15000 volunteers throughout the state who give up their time freely to protect life and property and to create a safer community.
Whilst we try to recognise volunteers throughout the year, it is during this week that we take the opportunity to formally thank our Emergency Service Volunteers, their families and supportive employers for the services they provide.
So 'thank you' for all that you do to help keep South Australia safer.
Tony Harrison, Director General, SAFECOM
Are you aware of a project or initiative that makes your community safer, stronger, more resilient and better prepared to manage an emergency situation? The 2013 Resilient Australia Awards may be the perfect way to promote and recognise the great work being done in our State.
Applications close Friday 5 July 2013. Click here for more information
Review of the Fire and Emergency Services Act
On 5 March 2013, the Minister for Emergency Services announced the appointment of the Hon Paul Holloway to undertake a review of the Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005.
A review under Section 149 of the Act is required to commence after 30 March 2013 and be submitted to the Minister by 30 September 2013.
Written submissions are invited from interested persons and/or organisation and should be submitted by 5.00pm Friday, 26 April 2013 to:
FES Act Review
The current Fire and Emergency Services Act is available here.
Mr Holloway will meet with regional representatives from fire and emergency service agencies, volunteers and Local Government on the following dates:
South Australian Award Recipients received recognition at a ceremony on Thursday 6 December 2012 held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Click here for the media release. Click here for more information on our South Australian recipients.
The E-mergency Connect Program has a communication site for information about the Program and its interrelated Projects. Content includes answers to frequently asked questions, and a members log in section for more information such as the governance and key dates. [Access Here]
A number of Roxby Downs businesses, including BHP Billiton, will receive awards at a South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) volunteer recognition event being held next week. Read more 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.
To view all Media Releases issued visit the Archive pages.