CFS farm fire unit registration day a big success at Parndana, Kangaroo Island

The farm fire unit registration day held by the Parndana and Western Districts CFS brigades on Sunday, December 6 was a huge success.

KI CFS Group logistics officer Cheryl May said she would've been happy with 50 farm units showing up at Parndana Oval.

Instead just under 100 farmers and property owners came to register and get their official CFS farm fire unit stickers for their fire-fighting utility farm vehicles.

"It was a huge success and as the result of the word getting out, we've had around 30 units who could not make it contact us about registering," Mrs May said.

She encouraged any farm fire unit not registered to contact their local brigade.

Parndana captain Robert Horjus, Western Districts captain Michael Stanton and the CFS checked and recorded each vehicle.

The stickers gives recognition to farm fire units that are compliant with CFS recommendations for safety on the fire ground.

It was also noted that the fire ground UHF channel on KI is Channel 13.

A steady stream of farm fire units parked at Parndana Oval ready to be checked over. Photo Stan Gorton

A steady stream of farm fire units parked at Parndana Oval ready to be checked over. Photo Stan Gorton

Also invited along was GME radio's SA/NT accounts manager Luke Hooper, along with Brad Jamieson of Jamieson's Marine, who helped get UHF radion to farmers last summer.

Showing off his impressive new fire-fighting system was Robert A. Smith, who has been fighting fires on the Island since the 1950s.

His farm of west of Vivonne Bay was burned in the fire, but his stock and house were saved.

His Landcruiser and trailer are now equipped with a 3000-litre tank in the back and 1200-litre tank in the tray.

A remotely operated water cannon mounted the bull bar can put out a variable stream of 200 litres a minute, all without him leaving his cab.

"I've been fighting fires for a while and have been thinking about this set up for years," he said, adding that this year's big fire prompted him to perfect his rig.

Humans of Kangaroo Island farm fire unit safety kit project organiser Sabrina Davis handout 117 kits of protective gear to the unit operators.

The winner of the gate prize of a GME set of radios were Hayden and Jodie Walsh.

When you ask for a couple of farm fire units to back up your tanker... Great job people, again. Taken out of American River 34 as the fire started spotting out of a gully on the western flank yesterday evening.

When you ask for a couple of farm fire units to back up your tanker... Great job people, again. Taken out of American River 34 as the fire started spotting out of a gully on the western flank yesterday evening.

The system of the CFS working with the farm fire units was tested only two days before at the Flea Castle Road/Nepean Bay fire.

By all accounts the system worked extremely well with dozens of farm fire units assisting the battle.

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