It is during our darkest moment that we must focus to see the light - Aristotle

The CFS has designated 16 February as ‘Bushfire Resilience Day’, an occasion to honour those who lost their lives in a South Australian bushfire, recognise the strength of those who recovered from a disaster experience and adapted to their changed lives, and encourage positive actions that build greater bushfire resilience.

In 1977, the SA Country Fire became a unified state-funded agency under the Country Fires Act. Since then, bushfires in South Australia have resulted in the significant loss of lives, homes, pets, belongings, livestock and other sources of livelihoods. Bushfires have also had a lasting mental health impact on affected communities.

Climate change means there is a significant likelihood of more severe, more frequent, and longer impact climatic events over the coming years. This only increases the need for people to be educated, informed and supported to build greater resilience in emergency situations.

As a fire and rescue agency, the 16 February has great significance as it is the anniversary of Ash Wednesday 1983, a pivotal moment for many and one that helped shape the CFS as it is stands today. Since then, the CFS has demonstrated the benefit of a centrally organised and state-funded organisation, highly trained volunteer base, state-of-the-art equipment, and safe systems of work to enable our members to safely respond to bushfires.

Bushfire Resilience Day Service

Register your interest

A service will be held CFS State Headquarters on Thursday 16 February 2023 to honour those who lost their lives in a South Australian bushfire, recognise the strength of those who recovered and adapted to their changed lives, and reflect on how to build greater bushfire resilience.

Numbers will be limited due to capacity so please register your interest in attending this service. The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend.

Note: this event is dependent on minimal fire activity across the state and may be cancelled at short notice.

CFS Bushfire Resilience Day