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CFS volunteer inquiries up after years of decline

South Australia’s Country Fire Service volunteer numbers have slowly declined every year since 2015 – but the CFS says the worrying trend has had no impact on firefighting capabilities and the nation’s bushfire crisis has prompted many new inquiries about joining up this season.

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"Unsuitable" McFetridge moves to hose down SES rift

Opposition emergency services spokesman Duncan McFetridge has moved to hose down a rift with State Emergency Service volunteers, after an incensed social media post from the Sturt SES branch – since removed – deemed him “unsuitable to represent” emergency workers in government or opposition.