Radiothon supports Iron Knob CFS

HEROES: Iron Knob CFS Captain Shannon Doble, right, and fellow volunteer firefighter Dimitri Antonio visited the Triple Y studio on Friday.
HEROES: Iron Knob CFS Captain Shannon Doble, right, and fellow volunteer firefighter Dimitri Antonio visited the Triple Y studio on Friday.

Brave volunteer firefighters from Whyalla who have been battling blazes around the country have been buoyed by a special fundraiser.

Triple Y, Whyalla's community radio station, hosted a 24-hour radiothon on Friday, raising a total of $1440 for the Iron Knob Country Fire Service.

RADIO: Triple Y Presenters Simeon Spargo and Neil Burns spoke to the firefighters.

RADIO: Triple Y Presenters Simeon Spargo and Neil Burns spoke to the firefighters.

Triple Y Presenter Simeon Spargo hosted Iron Knob CFS Captain Shannon Doble and firefighter Dimitri Antonio on his show the Firday Furnace to discuss the fundraiser.

Speaking to the Whyalla News, Mr Doble said crews had been fighting fires in Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia, including Kangaroo Island.

Shannon and Dimitri were deployed to NSW late last year. They were stationed at Glen Innes and were tasked with assisting the existing crews through asset protection.

"It was hard to know what we were going into, with the weather changing as rapidly as it was. We could see all the smoke from the fires as we were flying in," Mr Doble said.

"We went over there with the aim to help and we were able to assist where we were required. It was fairly similar terrain down there to what we were used to, but also very different fire activity to what we had seen before.

"The unpredictable weather and lack of water were the most challenging part of the experience."

Mr Antonio said the experience was a 'big eye-opener' for him, but also an opportunity to put his skills to the test.

"It was great to get over there and help out, I think everyone goes over with a similar mindset - to help the local brigades out and give them a bit of a break," he said.

"Most people were happy to see us down there. Our captain was from Kangaroo Island so he was very experienced and he passed on some skills that he knew to us."

Mr Doble said it was 'phenomenal' what Triple Y had been able to achieve with their fundraiser, and their support had been 'fantastic'.

"We'll be putting the money towards purchasing firefighting equipment that will assist us in our duties," he said.

Radio presenter Simeon Spargo said the duties during the radiothon were shared, with a total of seven members hosting their shows throughout the day.

"We decided to help out the local CFS because they don't get much funding. We ran a GoFundMe page and collected donations through that - people were so generous with their donations," he said.

"As well as taking donations we gave the CFS exposure on air and through Facebook, which might help them get more volunteers, so it was a real win-win."