CFS enjoys Christmas without major incident

The Eastern Eyre CFS group attended a significantly small amount of incidents over the festive period despite warm weather.

The calm start to the summer comes at a fortunate time, as volunteers battle technical problems with communication.

A switch from analogue to digital paging ahead of the 2018-2019 fire danger season has caused several pagers to miss emergency call outs, leaving volunteers and even brigade captains to find out about incidents by other means.

The digital paging system has not yet been put to a significant test, with only minor incidents in recent weeks.

Eastern Eyre group officer Bryan Trigg said local brigades attended one header fire and “a couple” of vehicle incidents, a low count for this time of year.

Mr Trigg said he believed the downturn in paddock fire reports was due to farmers having the equipment to put fires out themselves before they spread.

“There’ll always be accidents but a lot of fellas have really good units these days,” he said.

Mr Trigg said farmers had been complying during the few harvest ban days in the region, which he believed was evidence the current system of “peer pressure” was working.

He said proposed legislation to give the CFS legal power to stop harvest was unnecessary and would damage the relationship between emergency volunteers and farmers.

While Mr Trigg said the weather conditions this season had been “about normal,” a lack of lightning had helped reduce the amount of fires in the Eastern Eyre region.

However, as the threat of harvest concludes, the chance of lightning increases heading into late January and February.