Living in the Southern Highlands, bushfires greatly impact their community and so many of the Officers and parent of the Australian Air League Southern Highlands Squadron are also members of the local Rural Fire Service. Many were out battling the fires whilst their own homes were under threat. These volunteers put their own safety at risk for others every time they are called out and many were battling the fires for weeks.
One of the core aims of the Air League is to promote good citizenship and community service is actively encouraged with cadets recognised for this with a series of Community Awareness Awards. The Officers and parents at Southern Highlands also encourage the Air League cadets to get involved with the Rural Fire Service – giving to the community being a core value the Air League instils
Another Air League Officer who has been active in fighting the recent bushfires is Second Officer Daniel Oliver of South Australia Group. Daniel is just 19 years old and has been volunteering with the Country Fire Service at Athelstone and Yankalilla for 4 years.
Daniel joined the Air League as a young 11-year-old cadet and is now a Squadron Officer with Port Adelaide Squadron. With his interest in aviation Daniel was providing air support to water bombing aircraft at the recent Cuddle Creek fire.