Program to bring combined approach to community safety

Program to bring combined approach to community safety

The Country Fire Service (CFS) is trialling a new program this fire danger season which will provide better coverage for participating farm firefighting unit (FFU) operators.

The trial program aims 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 devastating summer of 2019-20.

CFS executive director of frontline services support Georgie Cornish said that 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," she 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."

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," he 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."

Operators are invited to register their units and find more details about the program at: cfs.sa.gov.au/prepare-for-a-fire/farm-fire-units/.

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