Call to reinstate fire sirens for the elderly

Bring back sirens

We need to bring back the local fire sirens for events like the Emu Flat fire and flare up, especially now that the SA Alert app has been decommissioned.

The Watervale siren wailed for about three minutes on the day of the first fire, alerting us all that something was wrong.

I was then able to go to the CFS Facebook site to find out what the emergency was and whether I needed to act.

Yet on Februrary 8 there was no siren or visible smoke or anything to alert me that the fire had rekindled and my town was on red alert.

It was only because a friend posted on Facebook that I found out.

But what about my elderly neighbours who possibly don't use the Internet and FB? 

I think it would be very sensible that local fire and school sirens be deployed in these emergency situations, so that all residents can be warned of the danger.

Leonie Moore, via Facebook.

70 years of answering the call

Every March for 70 years, thousands of volunteers have made a wonderful contribution to our community during Red Cross Calling. They’ve knocked on their neighbour’s doors, said g’day and their combined efforts have raised millions.

All of that effort has gone a long way, allowing Red Cross to help where we’re needed most; from fires to floods, reducing suffering, while keeping people safe, secure and connected.

So many extraordinary volunteers here in South Australia have also gone the extra mile – not just raising money but also reaching out to their neighbours, asking how they’re going and checking on their wellbeing.

Red Cross Calling is more than a fundraiser – it gives us a reason to connect and volunteer for the sake of our community. Research shows that volunteering and helping in our neighbourhoods helps us live happier, longer lives.

I’d like to send a massive thanks to all those thousands of schools, businesses, community organisations and individuals who’ve answered the call over the years. 

These volunteers make Australia a special place to live. This year we aim to double the number of volunteers in South Australia. Will you be one of them? Join the fun today: redcrosscalling.org.au or call 1800 RED CROSS.

Mark Groote, SA director, Australian Red Cross.

Gichuhi reply

I’m taking this opportunity to respond to the statement by Senator Lucy Gichuhi, ‘Letters to the Editor’, in the February 7 edition of the Northern Argus.

My observation is that Senator Gichuhi’s ‘letter’ is not a letter but a political manifesto, probably addressed to most newspapers in the state.

Her explanations for defecting from the party she was chosen (not elected) to represent, to the Liberal Party seem to be no more than a balm for her conscience.

I can understand why she needs to rationalise her defection, but it should not be the role of the Northern Argus to facilitate the Senator’s washing of hands.

I believe that Letters to the Editor should be reserved for comment on current issues, be they local, state or federal, not to establish or raise the public profile of politicians.

David Bain, Clare.