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CFA supports Koonwarra speedster

By: Duncan Russell

Category: People

  3.10 PM 22 April, 2014

Location: District 9 News

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Jumping on a fire truck as part of a strike team gives Koonwarra brigade’s Fourth Lieutenant Richard Ellis a huge buzz. But that’s nothing compared to the excitement and fear he feels belting around a racing circuit on his 1000cc BMW superbike. 

But even when he’s travelling at high speed, Richard’s bike stands out from the crowd thanks to its unique CFA paint job. Richard paid for the logos and graphics himself as a show of support for CFA.

“A lot of people watch bike races and I wanted the CFA logos on my bike to act as a thank you to any volunteers watching the race,” said Richard.

But he hopes his bike acts as more than just a thank you. “We’re not getting many volunteers for strike teams or new recruits, so I thought it would be a good way to advertise CFA.”

Richard’s bike has several CFA logos, the volunteering phone number (1800 232 636) and the phrase ‘CFA do more than fight fires’.

Richard first raced his CFA-adorned bike at the Phillip Island Championship in February 2014, which was the support class for the World Superbike Championship.

The Volunteer Support Program team heard about Richard’s bike and contacted him to find out how CFA could help out further. “After chatting to CFA head office, I’m being given a CFA-branded, custom-made race suit and helmet, boots, T-shirt and cap. It’s fantastic,” he said.

Richard aims to compete in three Australian Superbike Championship events this year plus several other races. He may also bring his special bike along to major events, such as The Rural and Urban Champs and National Volunteer Week.

Last Updated: 22 April 2014