Sound The Sirens; Adelaide Gets Australia’s First Ever Pink Fire Truck


Adelaide has launched an Australian first fully operational pink fire truck today, forgoing the traditional “fire engine” red to support promotion of the Mother’s Day Classic which raises funds for breast cancer research.

The MFS fire truck, typically known as appliance 203, will perform its usual duties completely wrapped in pink with Mother’s Day Classic branding right up until the event for a total duration of just over 4 months, forming an integral and exciting element within the campaign registration drive aiming for 10,000 South Australian participants in 2016.

The possibility of the ‘Pink CAPA (Combination Aerial Pumping Appliance)’ is an initiative of the United Firefighters Union of Australia supported by the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service, both long term supporters and friends of the Mother’s Day Classic event in Adelaide.

Vice president of the United Firefighters Union SA, Neil Mangelsdorf, explains that the concept of the Pink CAPA is something that has been carefully considered for a couple of years.

“We’ve seen retired pink fire trucks overseas that play a role in raising awareness for breast cancer and minimal evidence of fully operational pink trucks across the world, so this Australian first is a real coup for SA.”

Acting Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Peter Mason, adds, “Fire fighters by nature are passionate community ambassadors. The Pink CAPA will allow our crews to support the Mother’s Day Classic whilst completing their usual operational functions without disruption.”

The Adelaide Mother’s Day Classic committee is organised by Women in Super (WIS) and raises funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Since inception the event has raised $27.4 million.

In 2016 the event will be held on Mother’s Day (Sunday 8th May) at Peace Park in Adelaide. Early bird registrations are now open via the website –

Production of the Pink CAPA has been made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from Sasgar Fire and Rescue and Rosenbauer with support from 3M Australia and Signlab.


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