SA Police have thanked Kimba Country Fire Service and surrounding brigades for their assistance in the search for missing teen Scott Redman.
The Kimba, Wudinna and Yalanda James brigades played a vital role in the two-day search earlier this year.
SAPOL Operations Inspector for the Eyre and Western local service area Mark Hubbard organised a barbecue and plaque to recognise the effort of the volunteers.
He said the police had “no understanding” of how difficult the search would be, when they first visited the thick scrub near Secret Rocks they planned to search.
Finding themselved undermanned and under-equipped, they turned to the Kimba CFS for assistance.
“They solved every problem in the first phone call,” Operations Inspector Hubbard said.
Thirty to forty CFS volunteers were involved in the search, providing everything from feet on the ground to two days of catering.
Kimba CFS captain Trevor Clifford said feeding the search party was their brigade’s most important job.
“When you have an emergency, catering’s one of the last things you think about.”
“To do that amount of catering in a short time span… they were very grateful for that.”
Kimba’s specialised catering trailer was incredibly useful in feeding the 70 to 80 strong combined police and CFS party.
While the party were unable to locate the missing man, police say several important pieces of evidence were located during the search.
Operations Inspector Hubbard says the mission was an eye-opener as to the work CFS volunteers do for the community.
“To work with people who are getting paid nothing… it was quite exceptional.”