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In my opinion...
To the volunteers, farmers,
businesses and the
community who support
the Country Fire Service.
We would like to draw your
attention to the following:
The government is conducting a
review of the Emergency Services
Sector, under the premise of cost
savings, which is regarded with a
lot of scepticism from Country
Fire Service volunteers.
The government wishes to
amalgamate the Metropolitan Fire
Service, State Emergency Service
and the Country Fire Service
into one super department, thus
ending the unique culture of one
of the country's most efficient
and well-respected volunteer fire
services, the South Australian
Country Fire Service.
We ask you, the community,
why make major changes to
the structure of an emergency
services organisation that performs
During last fire season an
unprecedented number of difficult
fire complexes occurred across the
state during an extended period of
A massive effort by our
volunteers and community
members brought these fires under
control with no loss of human life.
Volunteers, staff, farmers and
the community pulled together
under the single banner of the SA
Country Fire Service to ensure our
communities were safe.
Why, under the premise of
cost savings, make significant
changes to a very cost-effective
organisation (133 paid staff and
We have regions manned by
employed CFS staff who provide
essential support and advice to
the volunteers for administration,
prevention, incident preparation,
training and personal support.
More importantly, they provide
a 24-hour/365-day support for
any occurring emergency.
These staff members understand
the needs of volunteers, they are
available to assist volunteers 24/7
and, in most cases, volunteer their
time over and above their paid
The CFS staff understand
the unique history, culture and
identity of the volunteers.
This is the backbone of our
organisation and must not be
Please be prepared to support us
to discourage any tampering with
structures and systems that have
previously worked extremely well.
We understand that your
Emergency Services Levy has risen
but we get no more money from
government than we did last year.
We acknowledge that the
subsidy that government took
from general revenue to 'prop
up' the Emergency Services Levy
now goes to another government
What we don't accept is the
huge increase in the Emergency
Services Levy to our farmers,
communities and business owners:
increases that have been well over
1000 per cent, in many cases.
As Country Fire Service group
officers in Region 2, we also wish
to distance ourselves from the
total arrogance and disrespect
that the State Government has
shown for our volunteers, farmers,
businesses and the community as
expressed by the Treasurer (Tom
These comments have the
potential to destroy the working
relationship we have.
We know that:
• Without your support the
community would not be as safe
as it is currently.
• Together we save the insurance
industry, government and
community millions of dollars
• Farm fire units' quick response
at harvest and throughout the fire
danger season saves many fires
from getting out of control.
• The government has no
idea how the country volunteer
structures work and how much
is given by businesses and the
community to support volunteer
agencies to do their job effectively.
Major fires in Region 2 earlier
this year, such as Ford's fire, Eden
Valley, Flaxman Valley, Krondorf,
Owen, and many smaller fires,
would have been vastly different
without your support, and the
support of well-organised and
efficient volunteers and staff.
The loss of property and,
potentially, life, as well as the loss
of economic value in these areas
may have increased significantly.
Please be aware that:
Emergency services, volunteers
from all agencies cover a vast area
of the state, responding to not just
bushfires but other emergencies,
including road crash rescues,
railway emergencies, domestic
and commercial fires, hazardous
material incidents, alarms in major
industrial complexes, searches,
floods, storm damage, police and
ambulance support, fires in hay
plants and manure-processing
grounds, fires in hotels and motels,
plane crashes, airport responses,
and, yes, birds up trees and cats in
drains, just to name a few.
South Australian Country Fire
Service volunteers receive no
payment or reimbursement of
any kind, and, along with farmers
and businesses, we are all well out
of pocket when supporting our
Country Fire Service volunteers
are not receiving any increase in
funding because of the Emergency
Services Levy and the increase
was purely a State Government
To the community as a whole,
this is not a political statement
supporting any party, but made
to ensure that the great work
undertaken in the past by us all
and what is to come in the future
is not damaged, and to encourage
the community to continue to
rally and keep working together.
This letter is signed by Group
Officers of SA Country Fire
Service Region 2:
Andrew Allchurch (Gilbert),
Matthew Bain (Barossa),
David Bussenschutt (Northern
Yorke Peninsula), Andrew
Cadd (Yorke Valley), Michael
Colbert (Horrocks), Rick Drury
(Gumeracha Group), Philip Earl
(Light), Kym Haebich (Northern
Barossa), Sydney Martin
(Wakefield Plains), Fraser McEvoy
(Southern Yorke Peninsula),
Robert Styling (Para).
IN A RARE SHOW OF PUBLIC EXPRESSION, THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COUNTRY FIRE SERVICE REGION 2 GROUP
LEADERS HAVE BANDED TOGETHER TO SEND THIS LETTER TO LOCAL RESIDENTS CONCERNING THEIR WORRIES
ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE VOLUNTEER FIRE SERVICE.
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