As South Australians, we learn from an early age that we live in the driest state in the driest continent. Every summer, as the days get longer and hotter, we wait anxiously for bushfire warnings to pass and admire and respect the Country Fire Service volunteers who battle tirelessly to protect us from the harm and devastation caused by bushfires.
The Country Fire Service (CFS) Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, incorporated in November 2001 to 'honour, support and care for South Australian CFS volunteers' in their time of need. Our major objective is to provide financial assistance to SACFS volunteers and their families who have suffered through death, injury, loss or damage of property while in the line of service. To date, financial support has been provided to more than 80 volunteers and their families.
During the bushfire season, our local heroes, the SACFS volunteers, undertake rigorous training and are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to join their brigade and protect life, property and community in times of great need. >
Throughout the rest of the year, they remain in a state of readiness to attend building and motor vehicle fires, road crash rescues and chemical spills. This area of their volunteering sees them attend over 2,000 car accidents annually, and forms the larger part of their community service.
The beneficiaries of the CFS Foundation's work are the 13,500+ South Australian CFS volunteers located in 421 brigades, situated in every community in the state, who each make an average weekly commitment of 20 hours to the CFS.
'I remember being told that one of the big challenges CFS volunteers often face when seriously injured is the
"Superman Syndrome". We are the rescuers but who rescues the rescuer? Along with my wonderful partner,
my CFS mates and friends, I found other groups who rescue the rescuer.... CFS Foundation! I would like to
express my appreciation for their support. It was such an uplifting feeling knowing that others are thinking of
me and working towards providing support when you are down and in need.'
- CFS volunteer supported by the CFS Foundation
Kristian Appelt is the director of Auto Services Group and a former primary school teacher with a long history of organising and participating in charity events, both in Australia and overseas. Kristian grew up in Crystal Brook and has many fond memories of camping in the Flinders Ranges as a child. It's this love of exploring country South Australia that he is keen to share with Fire Trail blazers and their children.
Safety & Risk
Growing up in Greenhill, Katrina respects the importance of supporting CFS volunteers. As a Safety and Environmental Advisor for the last 10 years, Katrina has a wealth of experience in the manufacturing, construction, technology, health and charity sectors. When she's not busy developing workplace initiatives, you can find her whipping up delicious treats, sampling wine or pit crewing for her Dad.
With the rest of the Taskforce being volunteers, Elizabeth coordinates the Taskforce from an official CFS Foundation capacity. Elizabeth was appointed to the role of Executive Officer, CFS Foundation, in 2009 to support the development of the foundation. She has more than 35 years experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Comms & Logistics
Alex is a second generation CFS volunteer, and has spent much of his life at his local brigade. His experience gives him a unique understanding of the importance of the CFS Foundation and the great service that they provide to the volunteers. Alex is currently involved with fundraising for numerous charities and events. His spare time is taken up with motor sports including motorcycle, sidecar and buggy racing.
Videographer & Photographer
With experience in commercial, documentary, sports, event, lifestyle and aerial video and photography, we are very excited to have Tim supporting Fire Trail. Tim makes sure all the action, beautiful South Australian landscapes and participant memories are captured in full colour.
During Lead Up/Event
With our Taskforce working tirelessly (on top of their normal jobs) to bring you a successful adventure, we are always looking for volunteers to help with sourcing sponsorship, prizes, kids activities and other bits n' pieces in the lead up to/during the event. If you are interested in helping, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you to Krystle Bilecki and Bec Collie for coming on board in 2016.
Thank you to retired Fire Trail committee member, Renae Sullivan, for her assistance with PR, social media and web design in 2016.