Donated water pumps make island safer

LIFE SAVING: Locations of quick fill pumps on Kangaroo Island thanks to the fundraising efforts by Sabrina Davis.
LIFE SAVING: Locations of quick fill pumps on Kangaroo Island thanks to the fundraising efforts by Sabrina Davis.

After losing her home and farm in the 2019/20 fires, Kangaroo Island resident Sabrina Davis has raised tens of thousands of dollars and recently installed six quick fill pumps to boost the fire-fighting effort for the coming season.

The quick fill pumps are now located at strategic locations across the island for use by farm firefighting units and CFS to quickly access alternate water sources when fires ignite.

Last year, Ms Davis' experiences inspired her to initiate social media page 'Humans of Kangaroo Island', and she quickly found herself as a spokesperson of the quiet achievers at the fire front.

Thanks to contributions of the wider community, local and mainland businesses and a charity auction, Sabrina has raised more than $30,000 by December last year and equipped 150 local firefighters with fire-proof jackets, pants, goggles, masks and gloves at a combined FFU induction day with the CFS at the Parndana Oval on the 6th of December 2020.

But, she was not done yet.

Since then, Sabrina managed to bring attention to the efforts each community puts in during a fire season and has shared her concerns and knowledge during interviews on South Australian TV, radio and in newspapers and magazines as well as worldwide online pages.

Watching Sabrina and her efforts encouraged The Hospital Research Foundation to give an additional donation of $20,000 at the start of December to keep the momentum on such a wonderful cause.

"We are delighted to join Sabrina and the community of KI in providing funds for the latest fire-protective clothing, goggles and gloves for the men and women on the farm frontlines as they work to safeguard their homes, land and livelihoods," Hospital Research Foundation Group CEO Paul Flynn said.

"The funds will provide six quick fill pumps to boost the fire-fighting effort for the coming season.

"The terrible tragedy of the last fire season is still with us all as South Australians. The Hospital Research Foundation is proud to support this vital initiative as part of its broader response to assist our fire affected communities.

"Together we are fighting for a safer fire season for all on Kangaroo Island,"

MP Leon Bignell, and his bushfire surviving dog Dusty, have come onboard raising more for Sabrina's cause in a partnership with Adelaide-based Pirate Life Brewery with the sales of their new Dusty Draught.

Ms Davis has now raised a total of $59,260 and was able to hand out six quickfill pumps to their caretakers with the help of Peter Ingram at Ingrams Home and Hardware and 20 hand-held UHF radios and car kits with the support of Jamieson Marine.

The quick fill pumps are now located at strategic locations across the island for use by farm firefighting units and CFS to quickly access alternate water sources when fires ignite. MAP BELOW

The quick fill pumps are now located at strategic locations across the island for use by farm firefighting units and CFS to quickly access alternate water sources when fires ignite. MAP BELOW

Ms Davis plans to do another order of around 75 PPE clothing kits and hopes the community feel more prepared during fire seasons for years to come.