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Plains Producer, Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Cleaning up everything that will burn from
around your home is one way to give you and
your home a fighting chance against bushfire.
For more information visit cfs.sa.gov.au
It's not that hard to be bushfire ready.
DURING the fire season,
the Plains Producer will
be running a weekly
report on the activities
of the Wakefield Plains
16/11/14 - 22/11/14
Total incidents: 7
Total hours spent on
Total training hours:
a game plan
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Sliding volunteer numbers were
highlighted in fgures obtained by Mr
Brokenshire over the weekend, reveal-
ing more than 1200 volunteers have left
the organisation in the past four years,
while cadet numbers have also dropped
by 282 members.
He said the restructure was needless
and another component driving people
away from the CFS.
“They’ve got the Emergency Ser-
vices Levy (ESL) increase causing
them personal fnancial hardship and
then the government want to take away
any autonomy the CFS has, it’s just an-
other negative,” Mr Brokenshire said.
Less volunteer numbers have also
burdened remaining members with a
He suggested the lack of support or
initiatives to encourage people to vol-
unteer also compounded the impact of
the ESL hike and proposed restructure.
Mr Martin, head of the Wakefeld
Plains CFS group, was one volunteer
disillusioned with the State Govern-
ment’s treatment of CFS members.
“We’ve been dictated to in my past
experience in anything to do with the
government, they tend to get whatever
they see will save money and improve
services,” he said.
“While the service is working as
well as it has been, why not leave the
bloody thing alone?
“In 40 years with the CFS, I’ve seen
every change you can think of but I
think we’re currently in the right place
with the service we provide.
“There’s certainly an element
of anger in the farming community
about the ESL and that has nothing to
do with the CFS, we don’t make the
Mr Martin also warned the govern-
ment to tread carefully in its proposed
restructure, backing the retention of
current Region 2 commander, John
Hutchins, and his role.
“If we were to lose him as regional
commander, you would see a lot of
people throw their hands in the air and
say ‘why bother’,” he said.
The timing of
the changes to
tive structure, in-
aries, has also
come under fre.
“Region 6 has
asked to delay the
process to allow people to get har-
vest out of the way before giving
the issue the due consideration it
needs,” Regional Volunteer Man-
mittee chair, An-
drew Cadd said.
He added the
limited detail of
was also an issue.
shown the most
recent model at
the Balaklava meeting and at that
stage, to us, it looked promising
and they seemed to have taken
notice of some of our concerns,”
Mr Cadd said.
“However, there was still
not a lot of detail in how it will
all be structured, both from the
operational and administration
Another regional meeting to
discuss the restructure was held
on Tuesday night.
Mr Brokenshire said he would
be fghting the changes in Parlia-
ment this week and pushing for
more support initiatives for CFS
EMERGENCY Services Minister, Tony Piccolo (centre), pictured at the recent meeting held at Balaklava with volunteer
representatives to discuss a proposed restructure.
LOCAL CFS volunteer and
Roseworthy resident, Peter Kemp,
was one of 22 South Australian emer-
gency service personnel whose service
to the community was recognised at a
ceremony held last week.
Local MP and Emergency Ser-
vices Minister, Tony Piccolo, said the
ceremony paid tribute to efforts and
courage of all the recipients.
Mr Kemp received a Ministerial
Commendation for his outstanding
service of more than 38 years as a
volunteer with the Country Fire Service
currently Deputy Group Offcer with
CFS based with the Light CFS Group.
Mr Kemp begun his volunteering
with the Sheaoak Log Brigade and
then a foundation member with the
Roseworthy CFS Brigade.
What do you think of
the the restructure
and the ESL hikes?
F: 8862 1997
M: 9 Howes Street,
TONY Piccolo (left) with Roseworthy's Peter and Anette Kemp at the
recent service recognition function.
Kemp's 38-year service
recognised at function
Region 2 CFS volunteer data 2010-14
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