South Australian Country Fire Service

Operator Profile

Key Facts

Current Title:
South Australian Country Fire Service
English Title:
South Australian Country Fire Service
First Established:
ICAO Code:


Narrative Summary

The South Australian Country Fire Service was formed in 1976 from a variety of county-funded fire brigades that had become known as the Emergency Fire Service (EFS). In 1989 the State Government took control of the CFS and started to improve equipment levels and standardise operating procedures. It is not clear when the first aircraft started to be used in SA for aerial fire-fighting.

Aircraft are an invaluable tool in spotting and tackling fires in remote areas. The CFS has on long-term contract a small fleet of aircraft, which is supplemented each fire season by up to several more aircraft and helicopters on short-term contracts.

Key Dates

194? Emergency Fire Service (EFS) established.
1976 EFS renamed Country Fire Service (CFS).
1989 State Government takes control of CFS.
? First aircraft used.

Current Status

The CFS Aerial Firefighting Fleet aircraft and helicopters are fully operational.

Future Plans

No plans known.


Special Markings

CFS Aerial Firefighting Fleet aircraft and helicopters fly in the colour schemes of the contracted operator. Aircraft on long term contracts usually carry the red and yellow CFS logo on the fuselage. The Cessna 208 carries the additional titles SA COUNTRY FIRE SERVICE on the fuselage.

Aircraft Serial Numbers

CFS Aerial Firefighting Fleet aircraft and helicopters carry Australian civil aircraft registrations, e.g. AS350 VH-HPO.

Unit/Base Codes

Coding system not used.


Aircraft Designations

None – Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory

Aircraft Type Total Del’d Total Active Still on Order Role
Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel ? 2 0 Surveillance
Air Tractor AT-802 ? 10 0 Fire Fighting
Cessna 182 ? 3 0 Surveillance
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 1 1 0 Surveillance
Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane 1 1 0 Fire Fighting

All-Time Aircraft Used List

(Multi-year contracted aircraft only).

Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Out of Service Origin
Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel ? ? current contractor
Aerospatiale AS355 Squirrel ? ? ? contractor
Air Tractor AT-802 ? ? current contractor
Bell 205A ? ? ? contractor
Cessna 182 ? ? current contractor
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan ? ? current contractor
PZL-Mielec M-18B Dromader ? ? ? contractor
Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane ? ? ? contractor

Aircraft NOT Used

No false reports known.

Aircraft Losses and Incidents

None known.


Main Headquarters

CFS STATE HEADQUARTERS, Level 7, 60 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000.

Organisational Structure

The CFS Aerial Firefighting Fleet has no subordinate units.

Current Unit Assignments

No subordinate units.

Historical Unit Assignments

Not applicable.

All-Time Flying Units List

Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases

To be added.

All-Time Air Bases Used List

As above.

More Information


None known.


None known.


South Australian Country Fire Service – Aircraft Operations
South Australian Country Fire Service
wikipedia: South Australian Country Fire Service
CFS Display 2010
Big fire-fighters at work in Australia SA Country Fire Service

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