Emergencies and safety

Emergency services

Ambulance

If you need urgent medical assistance dial Triple Zero (000) and ask for ambulance.

SA Ambulance Service

The SA Ambulance Service is a government agency under SA Health, run by paid staff and volunteers.

SA Ambulance Service is the primary provider of ambulance services in the state. It provides:

  • emergency ambulance services
  • emergency medical patient care, treatment and transport
  • non-urgent patient care and transport.

Ambulance cover

Ambulance costs aren't covered by Medicare, and even if you have private health insurance, your policy may not cover the cost of an ambulance.

SA Ambulance Service offers ambulance cover state-wide, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Find out how to apply for ambulance cover on the SA Ambulance Service website or phone 1300 136 272.

Related information

Other websites

What happens when you call 000 for urgent medical assistance - SA Health

Country Fire Service

If you have a life-threatening or urgent situation dial Triple Zero (000) and ask for fire.

SA Country Fire Service

The SA Country Fire Service (CFS) is a volunteer-based fire and emergency service for outer-metropolitan, regional and rural communities of South Australia.

The CFS is the primary provider of bushfire firefighting services across the state, and also responds to:

  • structure and motor vehicle fires
  • road crash rescue
  • hazardous material spills.

In most cases, the CFS is the control agency for the state’s emergency services response for:

  • rural fires
  • hazardous or dangerous materials emergencies.

Bushfire information

For information on fire bans and ratings, warning and incidents, and bushfire safety, visit the Country Fire Service website or phone the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361 or TTY 133 677.

Metropolitian Fire Service

If you have a life-threatening or urgent situation dial Triple Zero (000) and ask for fire.

SA Metropolitan Fire Service

The SA Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) is a fire and rescue service based within metropolitan Adelaide and 16 regional country centres of South Australia.

In these locations the MFS is the primary provider of structure fire-fighting services, and also responds to:

  • grass and motor vehicle fire
  • road crash rescue
  • chemical, biological and radiological incidents
  • urban search and rescue
  • high angle rescue.

The MFS is the control agency for the state’s emergency services response for:

  • metropolitan fire
  • hazardous or dangerous material emergencies
  • urban search and rescue (structure) (in conjunction with the State Emergency Service).

House fire information

For information on house fire safety visit:

Police

If you have a life-threatening or urgent situation dial Triple Zero (000) and ask for police.

For non-urgent police attendance phone 131 444.

To provide information about a crime phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

SA Police

The purpose of SA Police (SAPOL) is to:

  • uphold the law
  • preserve the peace
  • prevent crime
  • assist the public in emergency situations
  • coordinate and manage responses to emergencies
  • regulate road use and prevent road accidents.

SAPOL is the coordinating agency for all emergencies in South Australia.

SAPOL is the control agency for the state’s emergency services response for:

  • aircraft accidents
  • bomb threats
  • earthquakes
  • marine transport accidents
  • rail accidents
  • riverbank collapse
  • road and transport accidents
  • search and rescue (land and sea) (supported by the State Emergency Service)
  • siege or hostage incidents
  • terrorist incidents.

More information about SAPOL is provided on their website.

Find your local police station

Search for your local police station and find out when they are open.

Related information

Other websites

www.police.sa.gov.au - SAPOL

State Emergency Service

If you have a life-threatening or urgent situation dial Triple Zero (000) and ask for Police, Fire or Ambulance.

SA State Emergency Service

The State Emergency Service (SES) is a volunteer-based, extreme weather and flood rescue service for South Australia.

If you require SES assistance in an emergency phone 132 500 for help with:

  • fallen trees
  • flooding
  • storm damage.

The SES is the control agency for the state’s emergency service response for:

  • extreme weather, including extreme heat and extreme storm
  • flood
  • urban search and rescue (structure) (in conjunction with the Metropolitan Fire Service).

Related information

On this site

Extreme heat
Extreme storm
Floods

Other websites

www.ses.sa.gov.au - SES


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Page last updated 29 November 2016

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