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Organisation

The CFS is a very hierarchical organisation. The Chain of Command extends from the Chief Officer to every member of the CFS.
Within the Aldgate Brigade, the Chain of Command is usually only employed on the fireground and in formal procedings, such as Brigade Meetings.
The Brigade also has an Administration structure, which looks after the Brigade, organises fundraisers, manages Brigade funds, and so on. Although there are Officers within the administration structure, these Offices have no relationship with the Chain of Command.
All roles within the Brigade, of both Command and Administration, are member-elected for a period of two years, during the Brigade AGM on "even" years.

The Chain of Command - Brigade Level

Firefighters
Fireground identification: White Helmet

Every active member starts out as a firefighter, the Brigade workforce. During an incident, Firefighters may be given any manner of job, from the more basic tasks, such as directing traffic and fetching equipment, to RCR and BA roles.

Senior Firefighters
Fireground identification: White Helmet with Red Stripe
Number at Aldgate CFS: Five (Standard: Four)

Seniors are experienced active members with a dual role at an incident; tasked with providing direction through action. Seniors may find themselves as the highest rank CFS member present at an incident, and so assume the mantle of OIC.

Lieutenants
Fireground identification: Yellow Helmet
Number at Aldgate CFS: Five (Standard: Four)

The Brigade "old hands", Lieutenants are considered Officers within the CFS, with a wealth of knowledge and experience - ideal fireground OICs. Tasked with the challenging role standing back and controlling an incident, they may not spend much time holding a branch, but instead work at tasking the crew efficiently and safety to see the job done.

Captain
Fireground identification: Yellow Helmet with Red Stripe
Number at Aldgate CFS: One

While the Captain falls into a similar category as the Lieutenants on the fireground, the Captain is also responsible for the Brigade. While this additional administration burden can place great stress upon the Captain, Aldgate has a history of excellent Captains, forging the Aldgate Brigade into a professional and efficient brigade.

The Chain of Command - Beyond the Brigade

Group Level: Group Officer and Deputy Group Officers
Fireground identification: Red Helmet

The Group Officers may respond to any incident within the group (in our case, the Mt Lofty Group), where they may coordinate large-scale, involved or complicated scenarios.
The Mount Lofty Group is a larger group, made up of eight Brigades:

  • Aldgate
  • Bradbury
  • Bridgewater
  • Burnside
  • Ironbank
  • Mylor
  • Stirling
  • Upper Sturt
Lofty Group Base is located at Bridgewater Station. The Group also has an Operational Support Unit, and a Group level Administration structure.

Regional Level: Regional Commander and Regional Officer (Paid Staff)
Fireground identification: Red Helmet with a Blue Stripe

Region One is made up of twelve Groups:

  • East Torrents
  • Heysen
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Kyeema
  • Mawson
  • Mount Lofty
  • Mundoo
  • Onkaparinga
  • Southern Fleurieu
  • Strathalbyn
  • Sturt
  • Victor Harbour
And the Mount Lofty Fire Watch Tower and State Training Centre. Region One Headquarters are located in Mount Barker. The Region also has an Operational Support Unit, and a Region level Administration structure.

Chief Level: Chief Officer and Deputy/Assistant Chief Officers (Paid Staff)
Fireground identification: Red Helmet with a White Stripe

Administration

The Brigade is kept running through the efforts of the Administrators. The various departments are responsible for maintaining the Brigade, organising Training, overseeing the Brigade Finances, helping the local community with bushfire prevention, and so on.

Brigade President and Vice President
Brigade Captain
In addition to being the highest command authority within the Brigade, the Captain is given a great administrative burden.
Brigade Administration Coordinator
In charge of Brigade Administration, records minutes of Brigade Meetings.
Brigade Bushfire Prevention Coordinator
Works with the local community to plan Brigade-Assisted Burn-Offs and provide advice on bushfire prevention and preparation.
Brigade Cadet Coordinator
Administers and runs the Brigade Cadet Program.
Brigade Communications Coordinator
Maintains Brigade Comms Equipment, such as Radios, Radio Batteries and GRN Pagers.
Brigade Equipment Coordinator
Maintains all Brigade Equipment, such as PPE, Chainsaws, and the appliances.
Brigade Finance Coordinator
In charge of Brigade Finance.
Brigade Logistics Support Coordinator
Maintains Incident Pre-Plans (maps and procedures for response to commercial structures within the local area), and provides information regarding fire tracks, suitable water sources, and so on.
Brigade Occupational Health and Safety Coordinator
Provides safety advice to members, maintains OH&S procedures such as Accident Near-Miss Forms.
Brigade Training Coordinator
Coordinates training within the brigade, as well as furthers member training course nominations to the Group Training Officer. As BTO is a very involved role, the Brigade maintains several Deputy BTO's, who assist certain training faculties, be it weekly training or training nominations, etc.

The Brigade also maintains several Committees, the Brigade Management Committee, the Brigade Training Committee, and the Brigade Social Committee.

 
11/10/2009
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