CFS Regions Six firefighters join Queensland effort

FLY OUT: Andrew Pascoe, Geoff Winkler and Kyle Nickolai arrive at Port Lincoln Airport on Thursday morning. Photo: Lauren Fitzgerald
FLY OUT: Andrew Pascoe, Geoff Winkler and Kyle Nickolai arrive at Port Lincoln Airport on Thursday morning. Photo: Lauren Fitzgerald

Three Region Six firefighters and two incident management personnel are a part of a combined group of South Australian CFS and MFS personnel assisting with efforts to control bushfires in Queensland.

Andrew Pascoe, Geoff Winkler and Kyle Nickolai departed Port Lincoln Thursday morning for Adelaide as they will join a group of 55 CFS and MFS firefighters deployed to assist the Queensland Rural Fire Service fighting fires across the state including at Beechmont and Sarabah in state's south.

Lincoln CFS captain Greg Napier said the three firefighters met the requirements for interstate deployment and would be needed to assist the exhausted firefighters in Queensland.

"At this stage they will be deployed to Canungra...they are a single crew and appliance over there and they will assist as required as part of a large strike team," he said.

On whether there were concerns about the dry weather conditions, Mr Pascoe said "that's what we're trained for."

On Wednesday a team of 12 CFS staff and volunteers joined four SA MFS and one Department for Environment and Water personnel to provide incident management.

Among this group Port Lincoln volunteers Therese Pedler and Robin Coates.

CFS state duty commander Sam Quigley said firefighters would be operational on the fireground for three days before returning on Monday.

"CFS is always happy to assist our interstate colleagues, as they assist us when we have large fires," he said.

Mr Quigley said seeing the footage from fires in Queensland and New South Wales this week, it was a timely reminder for the community to plan for the upcoming Fire Danger Season.

"Now is a great time to start preparing your homes and properties by clearing vegetation around your home," he said.

"It's also important you start talking to your family about what you will do if a bushfire starts."

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