The Morphett Vale CFS brigade is a volunteer based fire and rescue service located in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia.
The brigade was first established as the Morphett Vale Emergency Fire Service (E.F.S) in 1944. Since that time the brigade has undergone a number of changes, including the merging of three fire stations and the changing of many fire appliances.
We have fifty fire-fighters, eight operational support members and five cadets. Our volunteers all live within a few minutes of the fire station and we aim to respond an appliance within four minutes of someone calling triple zero.
Our response area includes urban suburbs, rural properties as well as the Onkaparinga River National Park. We respond to around 250 incidents a year, including structure fires, rural fires, vehicle accidents, rescues and hazardous material spills. Urban incidents account for around 70 percent of our calls. The suburbs in our primary response area include; Morphett Vale, Hackham, Onkaparinga Hills, Woodcroft and Old Reynella. We also respond to incidents within the Metropolitan Fire Service area as part of a Mutual Aid response agreement.
Our members are frequently deployed to large fires outside of our area, often on our rural appliance as part of a Strike Team. Our fire-fighters have regularly been deployed to large fires interstate as well.