We are the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM).
Every year, thousands of emergency services workers and volunteers attend incidents throughout the State - putting out fires, rescuing people, conducting searches, freeing people from trapped cars, helping contain chemical spills, dealing with storm damage and much more.
It is our job to ensure that volunteers and employees within the fire and emergency services sector are provided with the resources and support they need to carry out this vital work.
A review of the emergency services sector was initiated in 2002 by the then Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon Patrick Conlon MP to review the governance arrangements of the emergency services. The review sought to determine the best way to support the operational focus of the emergency services to ensure that...
the Government's priority of providing the highest possible level of resources in supporting the efforts of volunteers and staff attending fire and emergency incidents could be achieved. At that time the emergency services sector comprised of the Country Fire Service, Metropolitan Fire Service and the Emergency Service Administration Unit (ESAU).
Initiatives & Reviews
As part of its focus on gaining efficiencies within the sector, SAFECOM has embarked on several reviews and initiatives. These reviews aim to work towards supporting the emergency services agencies in carrying out their activities and work.
Reviews and initiatives that are currently being carried out include:
- Volunteer Management Branch Review
- Volunteer Administration Review
- Wangary Bushfire Recommendations and implementation across the sector
- Local Government Memorandum of Understanding for the use of plant and equipment during emergency incidents
- Fire and Emergency Services Act 2005 review and implementation of amended legislation
- Volunteer and Employer Recognition and Support Program
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What is Emergency Management?
A Disaster or Emergency can be defined as a serious disruption to the functioning of a community or a society caused by widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources.
Emergency Management involves the organisation and management of resources and responsibilities to deal with all aspects of emergencies across prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.
Response and Recovery
State Coordinator and Coordinating Agency
The Emergency Management Act 2004 identifies the South Australia Police as the coordinating agency for all emergencies. The State Coordinator is the person for the time being holding or acting in the position of Commissioner of Police.
For example, whilst the Control Agency is taking action to combat the hazard and protect life and property, the Coordinating Agency is coordinating the broader support functions provided by Functional Services such as logistics support, media, medical services and relief measures such as Emergency Relief Centres and temporary accommodation.