Prepared For Anything - Protect the Irreplaceable
Being a firefighter is no ordinary job. The work is varied, challenging and rewarding, often operating in confronting and stressful situations, particularly when people are injured or threatened with injury and loss of life. especially during major emergencies and involves quick thinking, team work and endurance. While we fight fires and save people from burning buildings this is not all that we do. We are prepared for anything; to help anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Firefighting is and will remain a cornerstone in our service delivery, responding to over 22,222 fire related emergency calls within San Andreas in 2018/2019. We have a duty to take all practicable measures for preventing and extinguishing fires to protect and save life and property in the event of a fire in any fire district. We also have the capability to fight all types of fires, including structure fires, bush and grass fires, transport fires, and flammable liquid fires and we excel in the suppression of all forms of fire, in order to minimise death, injury, property loss, and economic disruption in any community.
We undertake prescribed hazard reduction burns, reducing the bushfire risk for properties and supporting the San Andreas Rural Fire Service during and after bushfires in San Andreas. We also work to prevent the occurrence of bushfires through other hazard reduction strategies and community education campaigns.
Importantly, we use our firefighting knowledge to educate the community on fire safety and prevention. This is done through school and targeted community visits, plus through campaigns such as home fire safety checks. And after a fire, firefighters assist the public to recover from fires by providing information for householders, and, for major emergencies, through rapid damage assessment.
We are the lead agency for hazardous material incidents on land and inland waterways within San Andreas. We are responsible for protecting and saving life and property endangered by hazardous material incidents, confining or ending such an incident, and rendering the site safe from hazardous substances or dangerous goods, to chemical, biological, radiation or nuclear (CBRN) incidents, to environmental threats, such as a milk tanker spilling its load into a watercourse.
In 2018/2019 we responded to 16,567 hazardous (HAZMAT) material incidents ranging from industrial accidents through to deliberate release acts that confronted the community. We are able to immediately respond and deal with minor or small-scale HAZMAT incidents, sometimes in conjunction with firefighting or rescue operations.
Prevention + Education
We engage closely with our communities to reduce their risk and increase their resilience to fire and emergencies by developing and delivering a range of community safety initiatives and prevention programs. We also undertake ground-breaking research and benchmark our performance against international standards in injury and property loss prevention.
As the state’s lead agency of rescue services, we responded to 13,402 non-fire related calls in 2018/2019. All firefighters are trained to confidently undertake the rescue incidents that confront them. We are deployable interstate and overseas and are recognised as a world leader in road accident rescue and our Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) specialists are the primary responders to disasters and major emergency incidents such as earthquakes, train crashes, cliff face rescues, rescue from heights, building collapse and complex rescues. We are the only agency in San Andreas with Rescue Technicians trained to tunnel into collapsed structures, cut through concrete and steel, and use sophisticated electronic search devices.
We partner with other agencies to ensure communities receive a seamless and professional service.
We maintain our operational preparedness to manage the consequences of terrorist acts particularly those involving fires, explosions, building collapse, and chemical, biological or radiological agents, as part of an integrated whole-of-government counter-terrorism strategy. We have hosted and/or participated in numerous multi-agency counter-terrorism training exercises that focus on exercising the risk.
In the event of a terrorist attack, we play a critical role in countering the effects of terrorism through our response capabilities, including structural collapse rescue, firefighting, HAZMAT clean-up and support of other emergency services at incidents involving mass casualties.
Fire and Rescue San Andreas (FRSA) has participated in the San Andreas Ambulance Community First Responder (CFR) Program to provide emergency medical response prior to the arrival of an ambulance in these areas where Ambulance San Andreas has no immediate ambulance resource. Timely emergency medical care to patients in remote and rural communities, under the clinical and operational control of Ambulance San Andreas.
All our fire trucks are equipped with an emergency medical treatment pack, with trauma kit for first aid and a resuscitation kit including an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) device. Officer vehicles are also equipped with oxygen, trauma kits and AED. We are prepared to help when needed.