call signs for CFS appliances are based on the amount of water carried in 1000's
litres (approx) and the number of driven wheels. This makes it easy for Incident
Controllers or Sector Commanders to determine the capabilities of any fire
appliances under their control, or when Strike Teams or Task Forces are required.
There are a number of new appliances designs coming on-line, these are where possible being built up as "dual-cab" appliances. Some of the newest "14" or "quick attack" style appliances are now being fitted with CAFS units (Compressed Air Foam Systems), these units are designed to extend the water capacity with the use of foam.
A brigade name normally precedes the numeric information eg,. Upper Sturt 24 or Burnside 24, at brigade level we may refer to our appliances as just 12 or 24.
There are a number of configerations used by the CFS as detailed below: