The Morphett Vale Country Fire Service brigade has an active fire-fighter membership of 50 volunteers. We also have approximately 8 volunteers who assist with Operational Support duties and approximately 15 cadets.
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 merger of 3 fire stations and the changing of many fire appliances.
Our brigade response area has a significant rural and urban hazard rating. We respond to a wide variety of incidents ranging from grass fires, structure fires, vehicle accidents, dangerous substance spills, floodings, storm damage and other emergencies in the district. On average the brigade responds to between 250 - 300 incidents each year.
The Morphett Vale brigade is situated in an urban-interface area, there are approximately 25,000 residents in our primary response zone as well as 7 schools, 3 large nursing homes, 2 large shopping centres and a number of industrial zones.
We also cover a large amount of the Onkaparinga National Park. This area has a lot of grassland, as well as bush / scrub, and rugged cliffs. Growth in some parts of the Onkaparinga Gorge is more than 25 tonnes per hectare and has the potential for a major wildfire to occur.
The Morphett Vale brigade is a member of the Mawson CFS Group. This means we work closely with the other brigades in our group and operate under the command of the Group Officer or one of the Deputy Group Officers.
Other brigades in the Mawson Group are; Seaford, Blewitt Springs, Mclaren Flat, Clarendon, Kangarilla, Happy Valley, Mawson Operations Support. Our station is the group operations centre, and is regularly used as the command centre for large incidents within the area.
The Morphett Vale brigade is also an active 'Enhanced Mutual Aid' brigade, this means that we share boundaries and regularly work with crews from the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service.
At present the brigade has three appliances, two of which are government supplied two thousand litre four wheel drives (Morphett Vale Pumper & Morphett Vale 34P ) and a brigade owned single cab four wheel drive Holden Rodeo, which carries 300 litres of water and an Ultra High Pressure (UHP) pump (Morphett Vale QRV). This appliance was purchased by the brigade with money fundraised throughout the years.