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Regional Capability Community Fund – Grants Now Available


The  Government  has provided $2m over four years through the RCCF to enhance the capability of rural, regional and remote communities to respond to emergency incidents through the Regional capability Community Fund (RCCF). The RCCF is being made available through a competitive grants program allocating between $500 and $5,000 to successful applicants.


Approximately 80% of the funds will be allocated to fire preparedness and response and 20% allocated to flood, extreme weather and other emergency incidents depending on the number and type of applications received.


Applications will be open to individuals, community groups and local government and state agencies and we anticipate a high number of landowners will apply for an upgrade to their farm fire units. With regard to the variables and challenges of each region, the aim of the RCCF is to support the unique safety, communications and resourcing needs of South Australian communities.


For more information, Grant Guidelines and Application forms click here


The 2015/16 RCCF Grant Round will close for applications on Friday 24th July 2015.



Call for Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) Nominations - Australia Day 2016


Nominations for award of the AFSM as part of the Australia Day Honours List 2016 are now open.

Please note the CFS Awards Committee has prepared  theAFSM guideline and nomination form attached . 

Nominations on the template should be forwarded  by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively marked 'Strictly Confidential' and forwarded by post to the CFS Executive Director Frontline Services, Country Fire Service, GPO Box 2468, Adelaide  SA  5001.


After prioritisation by the CFS Awards Committee, nominations are forwarded to the Chief Officer and the Governor-General, through the Minister for Emergency Services, so adherence to timelines is important.  Therefore nominations are to be forwarded no later than Friday 10 July 2015.


Managers/Regional Commanders are requested to ensure this information is made available to all volunteers.   The guidelines and template will also be located on the CFS website, the Volunteer Portal and announced via Facebook and Twitter.


Guide to Preparing a Nomination for an AFSM CFS Nomination Form for an Australian Fire Service Medal


As detailed in the guideline, the sole criterion for the award of the Australian Fire Service Medal is distinguished service. "Distinguished service" includes service that is above and beyond the normal zealous and faithful discharge of normal or ordinary service, whether short term or prolonged. It could be a special achievement or success in the performance of duty in difficult or unusual circumstances, or sustained high level performance with outcomes and recognisable benefits to CFS, the fire service in general or the community.  The service must be exceptional.  Long service alone should not be used as a basis for making nominations.




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