Chief Officer

Chris BeattieThe Chief Officer (CO) of the South Australian State Emergency Service (SES) is appointed by the Minister for Emergency Services and is accountable for strategic command and operational performance of the agency. The CO is also accountable for the SES corporate and financial performance. As an ex-officio member of the SAFECOM Board and the State Emergency Management Committee (SEMC) the CO leads and supports emergency management policy and capability development at both national and state levels. At a national level, the CO is a member of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) and is a director of the Australian Council of State Emergency Services (ACSES).

The current chief officer is Chris Beattie. He was appointed to the role in October, 2010.

"Our organisation is one of the finest institutions in South Australia. Made up almost entirely of volunteers, the service comprises 66 units throughout the state with more than 1,650 volunteers who are dedicated to building community resilience and helping those who are in need during emergencies.

The SES is a dynamic and hard working organisation and our people are committed to supporting their communities during extreme weather events and other emergencies. Operationally, the SES is primarily focused on flood and storm response and rescuing people from road crashes in rural areas. The SES also provides crucial support and assistance to other emergency service organisations including assistance to SA Police with search and rescue. The SES maintains a number of specialised capabilities and our volunteers respond to call outs locally and across the state to attend a wide range of emergency incidents.

Our volunteers are easily identified by their distinctive orange overalls and you will often see them and hear them in the media at the scene of various emergencies.  

SES has a highly skilled and dedicated group of volunteers and we are always looking for new and enthusiastic people to join us. If you would like to be part of a team that really makes a difference please check out
where our units are located and visit the Registration of Interest page and complete an online form.

Our website provides further information about community preparedness, the SES and the services we provide. I hope you enjoy learning more about us and the part we play in keeping our communities safe."

Chris Beattie
Chief Officer
SA State Emergency Service