Farm firefighting unit program to bring combined approach to community safety
A new program under trial by the SA Country Fire Service this fire danger season will provide better coverage for participating farm firefighting unit (FFU) operators.
Specifically, the program will look to provide FFU operators that register with the CFS at firegrounds better access to safety and insurance arrangements.
The value of South Australia's farm units was highlighted through various post-season reports from the 2019-2020 Black Summer season.
CFS Executive Director Frontline Services Support Georgie Cornish said, building on the recommendations of the Keelty Review, the CFS was introducing a trial program to support and coordinate FFU operators.
"We are encouraging owners of FFUs to register with the CFS, so that we can work together when they respond with our volunteers to bushfires," Ms Cornish said.
"By better coordinating our approach with FFU operators on the fireground, we will be able to provide improved support for everyone helping on the fireground."
Operators are invited to register their units and find more details about the program at: https://cfs.sa.gov.au/prepare-for-a-fire/farm-fire-units/
Emergency Services Minister Vincent Tarzia also acknowledged the crucial role FFU's play during bushfires.
"The FFU community is undoubtedly dedicated to protecting lives and property," Minister Tarzia said.
"FFU efforts - especially at the Cudlee Creek, Yorketown and Kangaroo Island fires - highlights their importance as we all work together to create a more bushfire resilient South Australia.
"That's why the Marshall Liberal Government quickly initiated the Keelty Review into the tragic 2019-2020 fire season and has delivered a $97.5 million action plan to boost South Australia's defence against bushfires."