Latest farm fire unit day a success at Parndana on Kangaroo Island

FIRE DOG: Farm fire unit operator Josh Deer with Dusty the fundraising dog and farm unit day organiser Sabrina Davis. Photo supplied
FIRE DOG: Farm fire unit operator Josh Deer with Dusty the fundraising dog and farm unit day organiser Sabrina Davis. Photo supplied

Farm fire units trickled into Parndana Oval all morning on Sunday, Nov. 28 for the second annual Country Fire Service registration day.

Co-Organiser Sabrina Davis said it was a beautiful, warm, sunny day at the oval.

She thanked Tim Buck, Nicoli Ackland and Hamish Brown from the CFS for organising the event with her and was grateful to the Western Kangaroo Island Lions, who supplied a sausage sizzle for all attendees.

The farm vehicles that checked out are now registered with the CFS for the 2021/22 season and are able to get through road blocks to officially join any fight against bushfires.

Sabrina and Lucy Cooper, joined by the CFS' Nicoli Ackland, did the registrations while the local brigade CFS volunteers did the vehicle checks.

"The atmosphere at the induction days is always wonderful, it's a great day to catch up in person before the fire season, check out each other's rigs and find out if there are any changes to CFS regulations, fire season dates and so on," Sabrina said.

Among those attending was mayor Michael Pengilly, who is sitting out this fire season due to a shoulder surgery but still enjoys the catch up with the local "FFUs".

Sabrina's Humans of Kangaroo Island organisation fundraised last year for the local farm fire units and she handed the latest equipment of woollen blankets and first aid kids out to the attendees.

She also had some leftover PPE kits for farm unit operators to grab.

Local MP Leon Bignell, his partner Karen and Dusty their dog also visited on induction day to celebrate the fundraiser and catch up with the local firefighters.

Dusty's limited edition beer "Dusty Draught" was sold through Adelaide's Pirate Life Brewery and raised $3,500 that went into Sabrina's fundraiser for the Kangaroo Island farm firefighters.

The money helped purchase some of the woollen blankets and first aid kits.

There are still blankets, large sized PPEs and first aid kits leftover and those can be picked up from Cheryl May at Keilem in Parndana.

Anyone who couldn't make it on the day can register their vehicles online or ring Nicoli Ackland at the CFS to organise a unit check and registration on 0427 864 107.

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