Kapunda and Tanunda MFS firefighters ready to respond

Kapunda and Tanunda MFS stations to be assessed in July as part of MFS's regional annual state awards Photo: File
Kapunda and Tanunda MFS stations to be assessed in July as part of MFS's regional annual state awards Photo: File

Two regional emergency response teams will momentarily be placed under the microscope as both crews vie for one of five awards open across the state.

The 2019 Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) regional station proficiency and audit assessments are underway with Kapunda and Tanunda in their sights.

In 2018 Kapunda MFS station were successful in gaining the 'Family Friendly Regional Station' award in the Central and Riverland zone.

Annual assessments at the state's 17 regional MFS stations, which began this week, and are expected to continue until the end of August.

According to regional MFS, the time frame gives firefighters the chance to demonstrate their skills, community spirit and commitment to public safety.

At the completion of the process, five of the regional stations will receive awards: Chief Officer, Regional Command, Regional Assistant Chief Officer, Most Improved and the Family Friendly Regional Station.

MFS regional operations assistant chief fire officer Glenn Benham said the assessments aim to ensure operational excellence in all areas of incident command and control, safety, rescue and use of resources.

"Each year our regional MFS firefighters ensure stations, appliances and equipment are prepared to the highest standards, which brings a very tight and close competition in the selection of award winners," Mr Benham explained.

"Firefighters take great pride in preparing their stations and appliances for assessment, and the assessment evenings are a perfect way for them to demonstrate their skills, community spirit and dedication to public safety."

The assessments are held during training evenings and are open to families.

"They are an integral part of the crew bonding and working together to build on their response capabilities," Mr Benham said.

So far, two MFS stations have been assessed with Kapunda's to fall on July 1 and Tanunda on July 8.