Virtues of a CFS Volunteer
The eight-pointed star is the traditional insignia of the SA Country Fire Service (CFS), formerly known as the Emergency Fire Service (EFS).
The star is not unique to the CFS as it is recognised by fire services all over the world.
It is otherwise referred to as the Cross of Saint John which originally emerged from the Maltese Cross.
Used by the Knights of Saint John during the Crusades in Jerusalem, the points on the Maltese Cross represented eight different virtues of Knighthood:
Over time, firefighters have adopted these same virtues bringing about a commonality between fire services all over the world.
In most cases the only difference between fire service insignias is the centrepiece, which is specific to the organisation.
The CFS Star is seen on the official uniform worn by volunteers and staff.
However, the CFS also has a corporate logo, which represents the State in Australia in which it serves and is displayed on all vehicles and infrastructure.