CFS roll out new colour and icon scheme

NEW ADVICE: CFS deputy chief officer Andrew Stark addresses the organisation's new colour and icon scheme.
NEW ADVICE: CFS deputy chief officer Andrew Stark addresses the organisation's new colour and icon scheme.

The Country Fire Service has introduced a new colour and icon scheme, aligning the state with a national warnings code for use on the CFS website and AlertSA app.

The Country Fire Service recently introduced a new colour and icon scheme provision in an effort to align the state with a national warning code.

South Australia is one of the first states to adopt recommended uniform warning symbolsand wording after works closely with CFS.

The move was recommended through the recent Royal Commission and the Keelty Review into the last bushfire season.

The changes means yellow acts for Advice messages which has been changed from blue, orange for Watch and Act, and red for Emergency Warning messages.

CFS deputy chief officer Andrew Stark said the new warnings system has been developed after many years of community consultation across Australia.

"I am proud to say that our members have taken lead roles in this project for the past six years of research and development," he said.

"I am proud to say that our members have taken lead roles in this project for the past six years of research and development."

CFS deputy chief officer Andrew Stark

The new measure will be adopted across the country providing "consistent" public information for hazards including bushfires, cyclones, floods, severe storms and extreme heat.

The CFS is currently integrating the bushfire symbology into its warnings and website, with Mr Stark explaining how the project is a step closer to bringing the country as a whole under the one warnings scheme.

Fire Danger Seasons have begun in the Mount Lofty Ranges, Adelaide Metro, Kangaroo Island and Lower South East districts.

"More than 16,500 people were surveyed, including more than 3000 people in South Australia, to determine the best warning descriptions, colour-coding and symbols to use across the nation," he said.

"The research results have led us to move away from using blue for Bushfire Advice messages, as people associated the colour with a calming effect."

There will also be a uniform range of icons used, with a triangle identified and introduced as the recognised shape for any mapping and warning message icons displayed.

Furthermore, Mr Stark said that using a "consistent set" of icons to identify hazards across the country, the CFS will "alleviate any confusion" that travellers may face.

"This will also see an introduction of uniform language and directives within the warning messages, which will help to provide clear and familiar language to members of the public who may be in harm's way and need to act decisively," he added.

The government has responded to the devastating summer bushfires by implementing a $97.5m action plan to strengthen South Australia's resilience against bushfires.

"New trucks, equipment and technology has been rolled out as part of our $97.5m response to the Keelty review," he finished.

For more information on CFS warnings visit: www.cfs.sa.gov.au.

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