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Thank you CFS Volunteers

14/05/2015

SA Country Fire Service (CFS) would like to recognise our volunteers for their dedicated and ongoing commitment throughout the year.

National Volunteer Week runs from the 11 to 17 of May and provides the community with an opportunity to recognise firefighters and those in volunteer support roles who save lives and property with only pride as their reward.

"Our more than 13,500 volunteers have attended thousands of incidents this year on top of the time they spend training to give the community the best possible assistance," said CFS Chief Officer Greg Nettleton.

"Without their dedication we could not provide this service, especially in the remote areas of the state."

"It's important to remember too that CFS is not just a bushfire service, we also attend road crash and structural incidents which will no doubt keep them busy over the winter period too."

This year CFS celebrated one of its veteran volunteers who received an Australian Fire Service Medal for his contribution.

Lincoln Brigade Captain Greg Napier explains why he's so passionate and committed to the CFS:

"The term volunteer will never truly encompass the vast diversity of roles a volunteer can and will devote themselves to."

"Mateship is strongest within our brigades where membership and commitment to the community are the only prerequisites to being part of an extended family."

"Volunteering with the CFS is the most inclusive environment I have encountered, male or female, young or old, it doesn't matter, it's all about attitude and effort."

"While we strive to protect and educate our community, when the pressure is really on, when the smoke is in the air and the embers are flying it's about each other. At such times it's not about community not property, it's for the one next you."

"That's what I love about CFS and volunteering."

Photographs are available.

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Further information:
Contact the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1800 362 361, for hearing or speech impaired users, phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 1800 362 361 or teletype service TTY 133 677 then ask for 1800 362 361.
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