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Honour and support the CFS and MFS on Australia Day

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BIG PRESENCE: An MFS fire truck and crew will be at the Australia Day Celebrations on Sunday.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Sunday’s Australia Day Celebrations will be a chance for Whyalla to say thanks to our brave firefighters.

Whyalla crew members from the Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) will be at Sunday’s celebrations on the foreshore with one of their fire trucks while collection tins will be spread around the foreshore to donate towards the Australia-wide Country Fire Service (CFS) fundraising effort in recognition of our own Iron Knob CFS.

The Iron Knob CFS is now located in Keith Street in Whyalla, next to the SES base, while still covering the Iron Knob, Whyalla and surrounding districts as well as pitching in throughout the country. With some its local firefighters returning just this week from battling the horrendous fires on Kangaroo Island, the local CFS crew needs a rest and is understandably unable to attend this Sunday’s celebrations.

In the past two months, members of the Iron Knob CFS have fought fires in Queensland, New South Wales, Kangaroo Island and the nearby blaze at Miltalie near Iron Duke that caused smoke issues in Whyalla before being contained over several extreme heat days.

Shannon Doble, from the Iron Knob CFS, thanked everyone in advance for contributing to the national CFS fundraising effort by donating at Sunday’s Australia Day Celebrations.

“We have just 12 members but we’ve been pretty busy over the past two months fighting fires all over Australia,” Shannon said.

“It’s great that the MFS will be there on Sunday to spread the word on the firefighting efforts in our region and around the country.

“We work closely with the MFS are were there again recently to help with the fire on our own doorstep near Iron Duke.

“We urge everyone to have a chat with the MFS crews there on Sunday to gain an understanding of the work firefighters do and then any donations to the CFS will be greatly appreciated.”

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Shannon said local support for the Iron Knob CFS had been fantastic with community radio station Triple Y recently running a fundraiser to help raise funds for a thermal imagery camera for the local operation while many community organisations have been running benefits, events and fundraisers for the CFS.

“We certainly appreciate the community support and fundraising that has been happening,” Shannon said.

“Thank you to everyone in Whyalla, Iron Knob and surrounding districts for your efforts.”

The Iron Knob CFS trains every Tuesday night from 7pm at its shed on Keith Street and invites anyone down who is interested in becoming a member of the local CFS operation. Enquiries can be made direct to Shannon on 0488 082 293.

Australia Day kicks off at 8am this Sunday with the fun run at Ada Ryan Gardens. Celebrations at the foreshore get underway at 4pm. Go to https://bit.ly/38GjxNT for more information.

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