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Board visits Copper Coast


The diversity of emergency response efforts to protect the people and property on the Copper Coast was the key focus of the fire and emergency service sector's Board visit to the region on 27 May.

The heads of the SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM), Country Fire Service (CFS), Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) and State Emergency Service (SES), along with other Board members, visited Kadina, Wallaroo, Moonta and Maitland on the Yorke Peninsula, to discuss emergency service strategies for the State and explore local issues.

The visit included a meeting with the District Council of Copper Coast, including Mayor Paul Thomas and Chief Executive Officer Peter Dinning, along with visits to MFS and CFS facilities at Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta. The Board also visited the joint SES-CFS facility at Maitland where it met with SES and CFS volunteer representatives.

SAFECOM Chief Executive David Place said the spotlight was on the diversity of the emergency response capacity of the Copper Coast and Yorke Peninsula areas.

"The Copper Coast and Yorke Peninsula areas are growing rapidly, and responding to incidents such as we have seen recently on the Yorke Peninsula, is only possible with the strong contingent of local SES, Volunteer Marine Rescue and CFS volunteers working alongside our MFS staff," he said.

Supportive employers of SES, CFS and VMR volunteers and MFS retained firefighters (including self employed volunteers) were presented with certificates of appreciation as part of SAFECOM's Volunteer and Employer Recognition and Support Program (VERSP).

There were 15 self employed certificates and 13 employer certificates presented on the night and a fabulous dinner was provided by the Bute Lions Club at the Wallaroo Town Hall.

This was the eleventh combined SAFECOM Board visit and VERSP ceremony held in SA.

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Members of the SAFECOM Board and local emergency services representatives during the Copper Coast visit. Stuart Macleod presents local SES volunteer Kym Patterson with a certification of appreciation, watched on by SAFECOM Chief Executive David Place.

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