About Us

The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) is a diverse organisation made up of career firefighters, volunteers and State Service Employees. Our history began in 1827, with the establishment of the original fire brigade in the colony of Hobart Town. The fire brigades were founded on the dedication of retained volunteers who lived and worked close to the fire station.

The TFS performs a critical role in the community by responding to bushfire and other emergency response incidents and by helping to educate and prepare Tasmanians so they can better respond to fire events.

What we do

TFS is the operational arm of the State Fire Commission, established in 1979. We work alongside our emergency management partners of Tasmania State Emergency Service (SES), Tasmania Police and Ambulance Tasmania to respond to a range of emergencies and are responsible for delivering emergency management services across the State. We look after Tasmanians 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

We work with our partner organisations of Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) and the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) to educate communities on bushfire preparedness and fire safety, and work to prevent, resource, manage and respond to bushfires.

Our work includes:

  • Managing community protection planning and fire safety programs

  • Regulating the fire protection industry and the maintenance of building safety standards

  • Vegetation fire management and bushfire mitigation programs

  • Applying the Australian Fire Danger Rating System and the Australian Warning System

  • Managing the state and regional firefighting operations for bushfire, structural fire and hazardous material incidents. This includes intelligence, air operations, warnings and public information.

Three Tasmania Fire Service volunteers facing the camera

Strategic Plan

As the TFS and SES continue to evolve to meet community needs and organisational demands, it is essential our organisations are aligned behind a shared vision and mission.

The TFS and SES Strategic Plan 2024 – 2028 has been developed to ensure that our priorities support both organisations and that TFS and SES continue to deliver best practice outcomes for the community.

The plan is the result of extensive research, analysis and consultation with our members and key stakeholders.

TFS and SES Strategic Plan 2024–2028 (PDF, 7.27 MB)