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CFS Foundation and RAA forge partnership to support firefighters

Thursday, 26th Nov 2020

RAA is excited to announce a long-term partnership with the CFS Foundation, a proud South Australian charity that provides support to volunteer firefighters across the state.

Formed in 2001, the CFS Foundation provides immediate financial assistance and care to volunteer firefighters and their families to offset suffering and distress caused in the line of active duty.

RAA’s support will include not only help fund this assistance for volunteers, it will also provide valuable training programs to CFS brigades.

CFS Foundation Chairman, John Lynch said RAA’s partnership was a significant boost for the volunteer organisation.

“As two proudly South Australian organisations, we are thrilled to partner with RAA,” he said.

“RAA’s assistance will go a long way to supporting our volunteers, who bravely sacrifice so much to protect their local communities from bushfires.”

RAA Managing Director, Ian Stone said as SA’s largest member organisation we are extremely grateful for the commitment made by the state’s thousands of CFS volunteers.

“Which is why RAA is proud and keen to support the great work being done by the CFS Foundation,’’ he said.

Cudlee Creek CFS volunteer Robert Knobben lost his home while battling fires in the Adelaide Hills last year.

He said the support he received from the CFS Foundation in the days after the fire was instrumental in getting him back on his feet.

“Every time people offered help, I was in tears,’’ he said.

“The CFS Foundation themselves and my brigade… just the amount of help they offered was indescribable.”

The partnership comes as soaring temperatures are forecast for the weekend and ahead of Fire Danger Season restrictions which extend across the entire state from 1 December.

RAA insurance claims data shows bushfires have burnt 370 members’ homes, causing $40 million in total damage since 2015.

Bushfire claims are occurring from November to as late as May, RAA data from the past five years also shows.

This has prompted a warning from RAA for residents and holidaymakers in bushfire danger zones to avoid being complacent, and to take the necessary steps to reduce the danger to their property and lives.

Last summer’s devastating fires in the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island were a tragic blow to South Australia.

Planning for the bushfire threat could make all the difference and echoed safety advice provided by the CFS, urging householders to clean up around their homes.

Residents should take to reduce fire fuel around their homes, including clearing vegetation, mowing the grass, removing flammable materials from verandahs and clearing gutters.

RAA also urges residents in fire danger districts to heed CFS advice to have a Bushfire Survival Plan.

A plan should outline when you will stay to defend your property and when you will leave early. As the CFS advises, unexpected incidents can happen in an emergency so you may need to cope with changing circumstances and have a plan that will work in different situations.

RAA also advises the thousands of holidaymakers who traditionally flock to the country for summer holidays to remain vigilant regarding the bushfire danger.

If you’re travelling through the country be sure to check the daily fire danger alerts, and if you are staying in the regions be aware of the applicable fire bans.