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1. Structure fire at Night Owl Take away Huonville Release Date: 2017-08-09
2. Advice message for Old Beach no longer current Release Date: 2017-07-26
3. Banjo's Bakery Fire Release Date: 2017-07-25
4. Roof Fire in New Town Residence Release Date: 2017-07-16
5. TIMBER YARD FIRE - Remount Road, Mowbray Release Date: 2017-07-12
6. CLOTHES DRYER FIRE - Mission Hill Road, Penguin Release Date: 2017-07-12
7. VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SUSPENDED Release Date: 2017-07-11
8. Middleton Fire Brigade Release Date: 2017-07-11
9. Media opportunity - Urban Search and Rescue course Release Date: 2017-06-28
10. PROMPT ACTION SAVES ICONIC BATTERY POINT HOTEL Release Date: 2017-06-24
11. Liquid oxygen spill at Rosegarland Release Date: 2017-06-22
12. Fire damage home in Sandfly Release Date: 2017-06-21
13. HAZMAT Exercise at Cascade Brewery on Monday Release Date: 2017-06-18
14. Fire destroys cottage in Longford Release Date: 2017-06-09
15. Barton house fire accidental Release Date: 2017-06-08
16. House fire at Barton Release Date: 2017-06-07
17. Sandy Bay house fire Release Date: 2017-06-05
18. Chemical Spill on Boyer Road Release Date: 2017-06-02
19. Margate ship fire accidental Release Date: 2017-06-02
20. Fire fighters tackle ship blaze Release Date: 2017-06-01
21. Fire prompts a winter safety warning Release Date: 2017-05-23
22. Family escapes blaze Release Date: 2017-05-15
23. House fire sparks safety warning Release Date: 2017-05-08
24. Fire fighters investigate blaze at Bridgewater Release Date: 2017-05-08
25. TFS seeking feedback about fire permit system Release Date: 2017-05-08
26. TFS reflects on International Firefighters Day Release Date: 2017-05-04
27. Hobart district fire brigades training exercise Release Date: 2017-04-28
28. Acton Park home damaged in accidental fire Release Date: 2017-04-27
29. Residential Structure Fire Release Date: 2017-04-26
30. Accidental fire destroys Sandy Bay home Release Date: 2017-04-24
31. Child Saves Family from House Fire Release Date: 2017-04-09
32. Smoke in the north and north-east of Tasmania Release Date: 2017-04-07
33. End of fire permit period statewide Release Date: 2017-04-05
34. Fire permit period to cease for North West region municipalities only Release Date: 2017-03-28
35. Hotel fire deemed accidental Release Date: 2017-03-27
36. Overnight fire at Hobart hotel Release Date: 2017-03-27
37. Firefighters quickly contain Nubeena bushfire Release Date: 2017-03-15
38. Watch and Act for Johnsons Road Nubeena no longer current Release Date: 2017-03-15
39. TFS issues reminder ahead of hot and windy weather Release Date: 2017-03-14
40. Two overnight fires in state's south. Release Date: 2017-03-09
41. Firefighters bring fires under control Release Date: 2017-03-06
42. New Norfolk Grass Fire Release Date: 2017-03-03
43. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Direction Drive, Otago Bay Release Date: 2017-03-03
44. Fire Crews work to identify and contain fires Release Date: 2017-03-03
45. Lightning Strikes in the North Release Date: 2017-03-02
46. Neighbour Saves Home Release Date: 2017-03-01
47. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Esk Main Road, Cornwall Release Date: 2017-02-26
48. Lindisfarne Fire Update - 12.30pm Release Date: 2017-02-16
49. Firefighters bring fire under control Release Date: 2017-02-15
50. Overnight Fire Destoys Nicholls Rivulet Home Release Date: 2017-02-15
51. Total Fire Ban Tommorrow for Southern Region Release Date: 2017-02-14
52. 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Black Tuesday Bushfires Release Date: 2017-02-07
53. No Total Fire Ban for Monday But be careful Release Date: 2017-01-29
54. Possible Total Fire Ban for Monday 30 January 2017 for the South of Tasmania Release Date: 2017-01-27
55. House Fire Lutana Release Date: 2017-01-26
56. Austins Ferry fire destroys home Release Date: 2017-01-23
57. For information - Vegetation Fire in Mornington Release Date: 2017-01-13
58. Declaration of Fire Permit Period - North West Region Release Date: 2017-01-10
59. Tasmania Fire Service praises the community for acting responsibly Release Date: 2017-01-09
60. Christmas safety message from Tasmania Fire Service Release Date: 2016-12-22
61. Declaration of Fire Permit Period Southern and Northern Regions Release Date: 2016-12-21
62. Fire crews gain upper hand on Runnymede fire Release Date: 2016-12-19
63. Increased smoke from Runnymede fire no cause for alarm Release Date: 2016-12-18
64. Testing day ahead for crews battling Runnymede fire Release Date: 2016-12-17
65. Fires Keeping Crews Busy in States South Release Date: 2016-12-16
66. Fires Cause Increase in Smoke Around Hobart Release Date: 2016-12-16
67. Fire Crews use lower temperatures to get upper hand on fire. Release Date: 2016-12-14
68. Fire Weather Warning Release Date: 2016-12-13
69. Hobart firefighters rescue woman from North Hobart fire Release Date: 2016-12-11
70. House fire at Clarendon Vale Release Date: 2016-12-09
71. STRUCTURE FIRE - Lamont Street, Invermay Release Date: 2016-12-07
72. Freycinet Lodge Fire Release Date: 2016-12-05
73. Update on Warrane Shed Fire Release Date: 2016-11-30
74. Shed Fire in Warrane Release Date: 2016-11-30
75. Structure Fire in Murray Street Release Date: 2016-11-25
76. Busy Afternoon for Firefighters in States South Release Date: 2016-11-11
77. Structure Fire - Elwick Road Release Date: 2016-11-11
78. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Wombat Glen Release Date: 2016-11-10
79. Fire at Devonport Aged Care Facility Release Date: 2016-11-08
80. Fire Investigators On Scene at Carlton House Fire Release Date: 2016-11-01
81. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Mount Faulkner near Granton Release Date: 2016-10-29
82. New firefighters join ranks of Tasmania Fire Service Release Date: 2016-10-28
83. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Big Boggy, Gladstone Release Date: 2016-10-25
84. Structure Fire - Morse Street, Montello Release Date: 2016-10-22
85. Fires Remind of Cooking Dangers Release Date: 2016-10-10
86. Fire Evacuates Community Health Centre Release Date: 2016-09-16
87. Spring fuel reduction program launches Release Date: 2016-08-26
88. MOONAH BUSINESS FIRE DEEMED ACCIDENTAL Release Date: 2016-08-10
89. Cause of Fire Under Investigation Release Date: 2016-08-10
90. Hobart Fires Keep Firefighters Busy Release Date: 2016-08-09
91. Sandy Bay House Fire Release Date: 2016-07-27
92. New Trainee Firefighters complete first week of training Release Date: 2016-07-22
93. Accidental House Fire Sparks Reminder Release Date: 2016-07-19
94. Man Lucky to Escape Explosion Release Date: 2016-07-07
95. Lucky escape in house fire Release Date: 2016-07-03
96. Firefighters save another life Release Date: 2016-07-02
97. High Rise Office Fire Release Date: 2016-05-15
98. End of Fire Permit Period for all Municipalities of Tasmania Release Date: 2016-04-05


Tasmania Fire Service

Structure fire at Night Owl Take away Huonville

Date: 9 Aug 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At around 2.50am last night fire crews from Huonville, Franklin and Grove responded to reports of a fire at the Night Owl take away in Main Rd, Huonville.

On arrival crews found the building fully engulfed in flames. Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus attacked the fire from both inside and outside. It was bought under control but the property was extensively damaged.

A 57 year old male was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by Ambulance Tasmania. There were no other injuries.

Regional Fire Investigator, Station Officer Matt Lowe said 'This fire has been deemed accidental and was most likely caused by an electrical fault'

Damage has been estimated at $350,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Advice message for Old Beach no longer current

Date: 26 Jul 2017 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The Advice message for Old Beach has now been lifted. The gas leak has now been fixed.



Tasmania Fire Service

Banjo's Bakery Fire

Date: 25 Jul 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Four TFS crews responded to the report of a fire at the Rosny Banjo's Bakery Cafe in Bayfield Street today at 9.50am . On arrival firefighters were confronted with thick smoke and flames issuing from the front doors of the premise.

Firefighters entered the building wearing breathing apparatus and quickly brought the fire under control.

A person who was inside at the time of the fire was injured and transported themselves to the Royal Hobart Hospital; they were treated and released suffering only minor injuries.

The building has been significantly damaged with an estimated cost of $500,000. Fire Investigators are continuing to work to determine the cause.



Tasmania Fire Service

Roof Fire in New Town Residence

Date: 16 Jul 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Station Officer Peter Tavasz Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Fire Crews were alerted to a fire in the roof space of a Carlton Street, New Town home at approximately 7.30 pm.

Three crews from Hobart and Glenorchy stations attended the scene. Crews wearing Breathing Apparatus battled for almost 2 hours to gain access and extinguish the fire. Firefighting proved difficult due to the location of the fire in and around a loft bedroom.

Damage is estimated at $300,000. A fire watch will remain on the property overnight until a formal fire investigation is carried out in the morning.



Tasmania Fire Service

TIMBER YARD FIRE - Remount Road, Mowbray

At 10:40 PM Tuesday 11th July 2017, The Tasmania Fire Service received multiple triple zero calls to a report of a fire at Neville Smith's Timber yard, Remount Road, Mowbray. On arrival crews were confronted with large racks of timber involved in fire. 9 additional fire crews were mobilised to provide additional resources and water capacity. High value timber was removed with the use of forklifts to limit the overall spread of the fire.

Fire crews will continue to extinguish the fire during today and a fire investigation will be undertaken this morning. Estimate damage $800,000



Tasmania Fire Service

CLOTHES DRYER FIRE - Mission Hill Road, Penguin

At 03:44 AM, Tuesday 11th July 2017, The Tasmania Fire Serviced received a single 000 call to a house full of smoke with an associated electrical smell. Two Fire Service units attended from both the Penguin and Burnie Brigades and arrived shortly after.

Two firefighters entered wearing breathing apparatus and soon discovered a clothes dryer on fire in the laundry. It was removed outside and extinguished. The smoke within the laundry was removed without any damage to the two story dwelling.

It was fortunate that the house had working smoke alarms, which initially alerted the occupant's to the early stages of the fire. Had there been no smoke alarms, due to the time of the fire the outcome could have been different. Upon investigation, it was determined that the dryer had been filled with wet towels to dry earlier in the evening. It's another timely reminder that dryers are designed not to be overloaded and to place items that have been well spun.

11 Jul 2017 - 00:00



Tasmania Fire Service

VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SUSPENDED

Date: 11 Jul 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03 6173 2973

Tasmania Fire Service will suspend a 28 year old volunteer firefighter from duty after he was today charged with arson and attempted arson by Tasmania Police.

The charge relates to a fire which destroyed Middleton Fire Station on Saturday 8 July and the attempted arson of the station of Saturday 1 July. The man is a volunteer member of the Middleton Volunteer Fire Brigade. Given the severity of the charges he will be suspended from duty pending the outcome of the court process.

We appreciate this is a difficult and disappointing time for the Middleton community, the dedicated members of the Middleton Fire Brigade and our wider TFS community and we will provide every support possible to those affected.

TFS is an organisation of more than 5000 dedicated volunteers and employees who represent a diverse cross section of our community and are committed to protecting life and property.

It is not appropriate for us to comment further as the matter is before the courts.

Chris Arnol
Chief Officer
Tasmania Fire Service



Tasmania Fire Service

Middleton Fire Brigade

Date: 11 Jul 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Following the fire at Middleton Fire Station on Saturday night, we would like to reassure the community that we are able to provide a full response to incidents in the area. Middleton Fire Brigade has been provided with a fully equipped light tanker four wheel drive which is being housed at a brigade member's private residence. We are working towards providing the brigade with an additional light tanker and investigating options to house a heavy tanker fire truck in the area in the coming days.

The neighbouring brigades of Channel and Deep Bay will be automatically paged to any incidents within the Middleton boundary to support any Middleton response, with further additional support from other brigades available as required.

We would like to thank the Channel community for their support and understanding of this situation, and the members of the volunteer brigade who have displayed an unwavering commitment to protecting the Middleton community.

Stuart Males
District Officer
South West District



Tasmania Fire Service

Media opportunity - Urban Search and Rescue course

Date: 28 Jun 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

15 firefighters from the Tasmania Fire Service and an Ambulance Tasmania paramedic are participating in a 3 week Category 2 Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) course.

"TFS is the lead agency for Urban Search and Rescue in Tasmania. Category 2 USAR technicians deal with incidents involving major structural collapse that could occur as a result of earthquake, tsunami or other natural disaster, and assist in making buildings safe after they have been involved in a fire or explosion.

"Training an additional 16 Category 2 USAR technicians will greatly enhance the capacity of TFS to respond to these types of incidents not only in our home state, but also interstate and overseas," USAR Course Manager Adrian Gill said.

Participants will learn how to retrieve trapped patients in the event of a building collapse. The course will provide specialist training in building construction and collapse patterns, vertical and confined space rescue, tunnelling, concrete cutting, field skills, disaster victim identification, critical incident stress management, patient handling and removing patients from trapped situations.

The first two and a half weeks of training will take place in Launceston before participants travel to Adelaide to put their new skills to the test in a continuous 48 hour exercise. The exercise will involve a simulated building collapse with live patients. They will face all of the environmental and physical challenges of a real incident before becoming qualified USAR Cat 2 technicians.

The TFS has previously deployed USAR Category 2 technicians to the Christchurch Earthquake, Queensland floods and the 2016 floods in Tasmania.

Media Opportunity

Media invited to attend TFS Youngtown for a vision and interview opportunity.

Today (Wednesday 28 June)
11am
339 Hobart Rd, Youngtown
On-site contact: Adrian Gill

Vision: Course participants will be running through several practical scenarios such as a bus crash and building collapse.



Tasmania Fire Service

PROMPT ACTION SAVES ICONIC BATTERY POINT HOTEL

Date: 24 Jun 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Paul Terry - Station Officer Phone: (03) 6230 8451

SHIPWRIGHT ARMS HOTEL - TRUMPETER STREET BATTERY POINT

At 4:52am today the TFS was alerted by occupants of the Shipwright Arms Hotel that there was smoke in the building and that they were evacuating. 14 people were evacuated from the 1st floor accommodation section of the hotel by staff who did a very good job ensuring all occupants were safely evacuated.

Two (2) crews from Hobart Fire Station were dispatched to the hotel to investigate. Upon arrival crews noted the evacuation was in progress and that a small amount of smoke was visible issuing from the premises.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building to determine the source of the smoke - which was now throughout both levels of the hotel.
The origin of the fire (a clothes dryer) was quickly located in the kitchen area of the hotel and then removed. This was a close call as the fire probably had only minutes before it would have spread rapidly to other areas of the hotel. The building was ventilated and air samples taken to confirm that occupants could safely re-enter.

The cause of the fire was determined to be spontaneous combustion - caused by oil soaked tea towels left in the clothes dryer after going through the drying cycle.
The TFS would like to warn the public that the danger of spontaneous combustion is significantly increased if material that has been impregnated with oils or fats is dried by using a clothes dryer.

The TFS would also like to remind the public that another common cause of fires in clothes dryers is clogged lint filters. Lint filters must be cleaned following each use.
It was also noted that smoke alarms were installed however did not activate to alert occupants. This was due to the type of smoke alarm - ionisation type. The TFS recommends that the public use photo-electric type smoke alarms, which will alert building occupants quickly in the instance of a smouldering type fire.
Damage is estimated at $6000. There were no injuries.



Tasmania Fire Service

Liquid oxygen spill at Rosegarland

Date: 22 Jun 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At around 10am today the TFS was alerted to a chemical spill on the Lyell Highway near Rosegarland.

Crews from Gretna, Bridgewater and Hobart responded.

On arrival they found that a tanker was leaking a large amount of liquid oxygen that had also iced up the trucks wheel. Fire crews established an exclusion zone to ensure public safety. Firefighters then liaised with BOC Gas representatives who were on scene repairing the leaking valves. The leak was caused by the cold weather in the area affecting the valves on the tanker.

The scene was been made safe and the truck left once the repairs were completed. No one was injured during the incident.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire damage home in Sandfly

Date: 21 Jun 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At around 12pm today the TFS was alerted to reports of a house on fire in Knops Road, Sandfly.

Crews from Sandfly, Grove, Margate and Kingston responded and arrived to find smoke issuing from the roof of the property. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house discovered the fire in an upstairs bedroom.

Despite being hampered by timber cladding fire fighters were able to confine the damage from the fire to the room where it started.

A fire investigation has determined that the fire was accidental and was caused by timber cladding being exposed to heat from a wood heater flue. The damage bill is estimated at $200,000



Tasmania Fire Service

18 Jun 2017 - 00:00 HAZMAT Exercise at Cascade Brewery on Monday

Date: 18 Jun 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath - DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: (03) 6173 2973 (business hours)

There will be an increased emergency services presence at Cascade Brewery in South Hobart from 9:30am on Monday 19 June.

This is an exercise only and members of the public should not be concerned.

Media wishing to attend, please make contact with DPFEM Media and Comms to arrange.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire destroys cottage in Longford

Date: 9 Jun 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A fire overnight has destroyed an unoccupied cottage in Longford.

The TFS was alerted to the blaze at 346 Cressy Road, Longford at 11pm. Crews from Longford, Perth and Launceston attended the fire.

On arrival firefighters found the cottage engulfed in flames. Crews worked quickly and extinguished the fire in under an hour.

An initial estimate of the cost of the damage caused is approximately $250,000.

A fire investigation will be conducted today to determine the cause of the fire.



Tasmania Fire Service

Barton house fire accidental

Date: 8 Jun 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A fire investigation has determined that a fire that destroyed an 1860's farm house was accidental.

At around 12pm yesterday the TFS was alerted to the fire at the 640 Isis Road, Barton. When firefighters arrived they found the property known as 'View Point' engulfed in flames.

Crews from six brigades attended and were able to save a number of nearby out buildings.

The fire investigation has found that a chimney fire sparked the blaze.

The cost of the fire has been estimated at $1 million.



Tasmania Fire Service

House fire at Barton

Date: 7 Jun 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

TFS are currently responding to a reported house fire at 640 Isis Road. The two story building was well alight when the first crews arrived with the roof having collapsed.

Firefighters have been able to save a number of out buildings and are now in the process of completely extinguishing the fire. The fire investigation will be conducted as soon as the scene is made safe.



Tasmania Fire Service

Sandy Bay house fire

5 Jun 2017 - 00:00Contact

Date: 5 Jun 2017 - 00:00 : Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Just before 11:30am today, crews from Hobart, Glenorchy, Bridgewater and Clarence responded to reports of a three-storey house on fire on Sandy Bay Road.

No one was home at the time of the fire, which has destroyed two levels of the property and impacted on a house next door.

Firefighters remain on the scene extinguishing the fire. A fire watch will be maintained overnight and an investigation into the cause will be conducted first thing tomorrow morning.



Tasmania Fire Service

Chemical Spill on Boyer Road

Date: 2 Jun 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

TFS crews are currently responding to a chemical spill near 107 Boyer Road.

The chemical has leaked from a container as it was being transported.

Firefighters in chemical protective suits are assessing the leak and seeking specialist advice to contain the spill.

An exclusion zone is in place and there is currently no threat to the community.

Members of the public should avoid the area and refer to the Tasmania Police website for information on road closures.



Tasmania Fire Service

Margate ship fire accidental

Date: 2 Jun 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The cause of a fire on a fish processing vessel has been determined as accidental.

TFS Regional Fire Investigation Officer Matthew Lowe attended the scene yesterday.

"Specialist equipment was being used to weld plastic pipe when it caught fire.

"Quick actions by workers on the scene and TFS crews prevented the fire from spreading and limited the damage to approximately $100,000," Mr Lowe said.

Crews from Margate and Kingston attended the fire at Haywards Marine Facility which was reported to the TFS at 1:45pm yesterday. Four men were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by Ambulance Tasmania.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire fighters tackle ship blaze

Date: 1 Jun 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At 1.45pm today the TFS was alerted to a fire on a ship at the Haywards Marine Facility in Margate.

On arrival fire crews found a 70 foot vessel full of smoke moored to a jetty. Four men aged between 63 and 30 who had attempted to extinguish the fire were treated for smoke inhalation at the scene by Ambulance.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus confirmed the fire was extinguished and are now aboard using fans to remove the smoke so the cause of the can be investigated.

Until these investigations are complete it is not known how the fire started or how much damage the $18 million dollar vessel has suffered.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire prompts a winter safety warning

Date: 23 May 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service firefighters were alerted to a house fire at Karoola Road at 4:30am today via a triple zero call.

The fire started due to combustible materials being placed too close to a wood heater. The son was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm.

The two occupants evacuated and the fire quickly took hold of the house. The fire has prompted Regional Fire Investigation Officer Anthony Goss to issue a reminder that the public take care when heating their homes.

"As the months become cooler and we rely more heavily on heating our homes, we urge people to ensure that all flammable items are a minimum of two metres from any heating source"

"If not for the installed and working smoke alarm firefighters would have potentially been confronted with a tragedy. The reality is that this father and son are extremely lucky to be alive.

The Tasmania Fire Service reminds people that smoke alarms can only save lives when they are working and recommends that living areas and sleeping areas are installed with either hard wired or 10 year lithium battery smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are also available for the visual and hearing impaired.

"You can't smell smoke when you are asleep, so you are relying on your other senses in the event of a fire; it is fortunate that this household had taken steps to alert them to a fire". Mr Goss said.

The fire caused approximately $400,000 damage.



Tasmania Fire Service

Family escapes blaze

Date: 15 May 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At around 10 am today firefighters responded to reports of a house fire in Condell place North Hobart.

On arrival the TFS crews found smoke coming from the second floor of the unit. The family had all safely evacuated. Firefighters immediately checked that all the residents were accounted for.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus then quickly located and extinguished the fire which had started in an upstairs bedroom.

Station Officer Val Ansett said 'Despite the close call this family has had it was pleasing to see that this home had an installed and working smoke alarm'

The results of the fire investigation have determined that it was an accidental fire. Damage to the unit is approximately $50,000



Tasmania Fire Service

House fire sparks safety warning

Date: 8 May 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Regional Fire Investigator Adam Doran Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A mother and three children are lucky to be alive following a house fire in Bridgewater this morning.

Tasmania Fire Service firefighters were alerted to the fire at the Cowle Road property at 7:45am today via a triple zero call.

The fire started after a heater, which was too close to combustible materials was switched on. The occupants, who were all sleeping in the room where the fire started, were alerted to the fire when one of the occupants awoke to find the room alight.

The family evacuated and the fire quickly took hold of half of the house. The fire has prompted Regional Fire Investigation Officer Adam Doran to issue a reminder about making sure members of the public take care when heating their homes.

"Had that one member of the family not woken to find the room alight, firefighters would have been confronted with a very different type of incident this morning. The reality is this family is very lucky to be alive. A few simple steps can be taken to keep your family safe.

"As we enter the cooler months and we turn to heating our homes, we urge people to ensure that all flammable items are a minimum of two metres from any heating source"

Smoke alarms were installed in the house but had been disconnected while food was being cooked last night.

The Tasmania Fire Service reminds people that smoke alarms can only save lives when they are working and recommends that living areas and sleeping areas are installed with either hard wired or 10 year lithium battery smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are also available for the visual and hearing impaired.

"You can't smell smoke when you are asleep, so you are relying on your other senses in the event of a fire, which is why TFS strongly urge the public to install smoke alarms in all living and sleeping areas". Mr. Doran said.

The fire caused approximately $250,000 damage.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire fighters investigate blaze at Bridgewater

Date: 8 May 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 7.45am this morning TFS crews from Bridgewater and Glenorchy responded to reports of a house fire in Cowle Road, Bridgewater

On arrival fire fighters were confronted with parts of the house well alight. 4 fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly ensured that no one was inside before bringing the fire under control within 15 minutes.

Ambulance Tasmania paramedics treated then transported to hospital one person suffering from smoke inhalation.

At least half of the structure has been destroyed. Fire fighters are currently working to determine the cause of the fire. A further media release will be issued when the cause has been identified. The cost of the damage is not yet known.



Tasmania Fire Service

TFS seeking feedback about fire permit system

Date: 8 May 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has partnered with other Tasmanian fire management agencies to conduct a review into Tasmania's fire permit system and is seeking feedback from the Tasmanian community.

The permit system was established in 1979 following inquiries into the devastating 1967 bushfires. The system plays an important role in protecting life, property and the environment from the threat of fire. It enables the monitoring and control of use of fire within Tasmanian communities and also provides legal protections for the permit holder in the event they lose control of a permitted fire.

TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol highlights the importance of engaging the community in the review process.

"A large focus of the review will involve stakeholder consultation and we are starting that process by encouraging Tasmanians with an interest in the fire permit system to participate in a 15 to 20 minute online survey.

"The aim of the review is to improve service delivery to the Tasmanian community through delivering administrative efficiencies, quality public education and improved systems and procedures relating to the use of fire in Tasmania.

The review is the first since the establishment of the system and is expected to take 5 to 6 months to complete.

The survey is also open to all members of the public and stakeholders who utilise fire on their properties or are affected by fires in the landscape.

To access and complete the online survey go to the TFS website www.fire.tas.gov.au and click on the survey link. The survey is open until midnight Sunday 28th May 2017.

Those who require further information on the review, please email firepermitreview@fire.tas.gov.au.



Tasmania Fire Service

TFS reflects on International Firefighters' Day

Date: 4 May 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Tasmania Fire Service firefighters and Officers will today pause to mark International Firefighter's Day.

International Firefighters' Day, also known as St Florian's* Day, is an opportunity for the community to honour the sacrifices that firefighters have made around the world.
Fifteen Tasmanian firefighters who passed away on duty will also be remembered at a service at the Old Hobart Fire Station.

Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer Chris Arnol said Tasmanians should use today to reflect on the contributions made by firefighting agencies.

"While Tasmania's volunteer and professional firefighters are well trained and better equipped than ever, they still operate in high risk environments in their quest to save lives, and protect property and the environment every day. I think it's important that we take a moment today to reflect on their selflessness in the pursuit of public safety," Mr Arnol said.

Modern firefighters respond to a diverse range of challenging incidents such as house fires, bushfires, hazardous material incidents, road crashes rescues, technical and specialist rescues.

"Firefighters are often respond to highly complex and unpredictable situations, and they perform their duties with a high degree of professionalism, sensitivity and expertise.

"Today I ask Tasmanians to reflect on the efforts of and risks faced by firefighters both past and present in protecting the lives and assets of the community. We should remember all firefighters who have lost their lives, including the 15 Tasmanian firefighters who died while on duty between 1859 and 1997," said TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol.

International Firefighters' Day highlights the values firefighters uphold in the community, including, perseverance, empathy, mateship and an unwavering commitment to service.

Firefighters and families will participate in a service to remember the fifteen Tasmanian firefighters who have died while on duty.

The Service will take place in the Old Hobart Fire Station engine bay at 9am.

Available for interview will be Chief Officer Chris Arnol and former Hobart Fire Brigade Chief Brian Baker whose brother was killed while on duty in 1957.

*St Florian is the patron saint of all firefighters and was linked to firefighting in the Roman Empire.



Tasmania Fire Service

Hobart district fire brigades training exercise

Date: 28 Apr 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Field Officer Barry Bones Phone: (03) 6230 8424

17 fire brigades from the Hobart District will be participating in a training exercise tomorrow (Saturday 29 April) at Mount Faulkner. Volunteer crews in 25 fire trucks will be traversing fire trails and participating in map reading and other activities.

Members of the public should not be alarmed by the presence of a large number of Tasmania Fire Service vehicles in the Collinsvale and Molesworth areas.



Tasmania Fire Service

Acton Park home damaged in accidental fire

Date: 27 Apr 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Fire Investigation Officer Adam Doran Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A four bedroom house in Tara Drive Acton Park was severely damaged by fire late this morning. Firefighters from Clarence, Rokeby and Seven Mile Beach were alerted to the blaze just before 11am after a neighbour called the Tasmania Fire Service on triple zero. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the burning property and the fire was brought under control within 30 minutes of their arrival.

No one was home at the time of the fire. A fire investigation has determined the fire was accidental, caused by an electrical fault in the fridge resulting in approximately $400,000 in damage.

Number of firefighters: 10
Number of fire appliances: 3



Tasmania Fire Service

Residential Structure Fire

Date: 25 Apr 2017 - 00:00 Contact: SO Paul Terry Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At 11:04am today the Tasmania Fire Service received a triple zero call to a residential structure fire at Wandella Avenue, Taroona.

A total of four firefighting units and 18 firefighters from Hobart and Taroona brigades attended the incident. The responding vehicles had to overcome traffic congestion in the city due to ANZAC day services.

The Taroona brigade arrived first on scene and were confronted with a three storey residential property well alight.

The quick actions taken by all firefighters limited the fire damage to the top and middle levels of the three storey dwelling.

The property did contain working smoke alarms and the family of four all managed to evacuate safely without injury.

Firefighters had some difficulty in accessing the main body of fire on the top level as the internal staircase had burnt out.

Following the extinguishment of the fire, Fire Investigators and Techsafe electrical inspectors completed a formal fire investigation to determine the cause and origin of the fire.

The outcome of the investigation revealed that the fire was started by an electrical fault in the property's switchboard.

Due to the prompt and effective action of the all firefighters, parts of the building were saved and damage was limited to an estimated cost of $250,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Accidental fire destroys Sandy Bay home

Date: 24 Apr 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Craig Mackinnon Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A working smoke alarm has been credited for alerting an occupant to a fire in his Sandy Bay home overnight, allowing him to safely evacuate.

Tasmania Fire Service were called to the fire on Edith Avenue at 11.30pm last night and arrived to find it well alight. Fortunately the lone occupant was alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm and able to safely evacuate uninjured prior to the arrival of firefighters.

Career firefighters from Hobart Fire Brigade attended and took approximately 40 minutes to bring the under control. A fire watch was held overnight and subsequent fire investigation this morning revealed the fire to be caused by an electric heater which was inadvertently switched on, catching flammable materials alight.

Tasmania Fire Service Acting-Station Officer Craig Mackinnon has said that now is the time to inspect all methods of heating in our homes.

"As we enter cooler weather, the public need to make sure that all means of heating in their homes are inspected and are in good working condition" Mr. Mackinnon said.

"All flammable materials, including clothes racks and furniture should be at least two metres from any heating source

"This fire is also a good reminder to ensure that all homes have working smoke alarms fitted as only a working smoke alarm can save your life" Mr. Mackinnon said.

The Sandy bay fire is estimated to have caused $450,000 damage.



Tasmania Fire Service

Child Saves Family from House Fire

Date: 9 Apr 2017 - 00:00 Contact: SO Kier Wilson Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The Tasmania Fire Service was called to a house fire in Newtown at 9am this morning.

Fire units from Hobart and Glenorchy arrived to find the house full of thick black smoke. Firefighters entered the house wearing breathing apparatus, quickly bringing the fire under control, containing it to the kitchen with approximately $20,000 damage.

A three year old boy alerted his father to the fire, allowing the family of four a very lucky escape from their burning home, without injury.

The property did not contain any working smoke alarms.

The cause of the fire was due to cooking being left unattended.

This is another occurrence of house-holders not paying enough attention to fire safety in their homes. Just a few simple actions can help keep your family safe from fire in your home.
Never leave cooking unattended. Turn it off before you turn away.
Install a photoelectric smoke alarm in each sleeping area, hallway and living area.

Tasmania Police and Tasnetworks were also in attendance.



Tasmania Fire Service

Smoke in the north and north-east of Tasmania

Date: 7 Apr 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: (03) 6173 2973

The Tasmania Fire Service is receiving multiple enquiries regarding visible smoke in the air around the north and north-east of Tasmania, particularly on Flinders Island.

At the time of writing, we have no out of control bushfires in these regions.

"The TFS, PWS and Forestry Tasmania are not undertaking burning at the moment in the north-east of the state. This morning we contacted the Bureau of Meteorology to see if their satellites could help us detect where the smoke is coming from. The smoke impacting on the north and north-east of Tasmania is coming across from the mainland and we reassure people there is no reason to be concerned about out of control bushfires in those regions. Satellite imagery from the BOM, along with an analysis of surface level air movements, shows that smoke is extending from fires in eastern Victoria across northern Tasmania, particularly the northeast.

"We are conducting a small 15ha burn near Devonport which is not the cause of the smoke impact currently being experienced. This burn will be completed this afternoon, and is an important strategic burn for this community. The Tasmania Fire Service and other Tasmanian agencies made the decision not to conduct fuel reduction burns in other parts of the state today due to the smoke impacts, weather conditions and to allow for a world class mountain bike event in the North East," Ms Whight said.

Further information about smoke levels is available through the EPA real time air quality data information http://epa.tas.gov.au/epa/air/monitoring-air-pollution/real-time-air-qua....



Tasmania Fire Service

End of fire permit period statewide

Date: 5 Apr 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Regional Chief Jeremy Smith/Regional Chief Jeff Harper Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has called an end to the fire permit period for the Northern and Southern regions as of Midnight tonight - Wednesday 5 April, following the cessation of the fire permit period in the North West last week. This means that fire permits are no longer required statewide.

TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol said that as we enter further into the autumn months, the high risk period for uncontrolled bushfires is quickly coming to an end, and Tasmania has entered its fuel reduction burning season. The decision to remove the requirement for a permit is done in consultation with TFS permit officers, land managers and the bureau of meteorology.

Although TFS is encouraging land owners to burn to remove fuel hazards on their properties, they have also warned that there are still some stipulations in place.
"Even though permits are no longer required, landowners who plan on conducting burns on their property should be mindful of the weather, be well equipped and capable and to make sure it is done in consultation with the owners of neighbouring properties.
Engagement with neighbours in the vicinity of any planned burning is imperative to ensure smoke will not adversely affect farming or harvesting operations, with emphasis on the wine industry which is particularly vulnerable to smoke at this time of the year" Mr Arnol said.

TFS also reminds the public that burning on properties is still governed by local council by-laws which must be adhered to, as well as environmental laws which govern amongst other things, smoke emissions.

TFS also publically acknowledged the work of their permit officers, the majority of whom are volunteers. "Permit officers are the cornerstone of our permit system which aims to keep the public safe from uncontrolled bushfires and allows landowners to conduct hazard reduction burns with some protection from litigation". Mr. Arnol said.

Property owners planning to burn on their land should visit fire.tas.gov.au if they require information and advice and call 1800 000 699 to register their burn to prevent unnecessary brigade call outs.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire permit period to cease for North West region municipalities only

Date: 28 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Regional Chief Shane Batt Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has declared an end to the fire permit period in the North West Region of the state beginning at midnight tonight, 28 March 2017, but stresses that the requirement for a permit is still in force for Northern and Southern Region Municipalities.

North-West Regional Chief Shane Batt has said the decision to cease the permit period in the region was done after consultation between TFS, landowners and the Bureau of Meteorology.

"Recent and above-average summer rainfalls in the region have seen vegetation stay at a moisture level where the chance of uncontrolled outbreaks of fire is low and can be managed without major threat to life or property"

"TFS encourages landowners in the region to take advantage of the removal of the permit period and good weather conducive to safe burning to responsibly undertake fuel reduction burns on their property, however the ask that all fires that are lit in the open are registered with TFS to ensure any unnecessary call-outs for brigades" Mr. Batt said.

Municipalities that will NO LONGER require a permit include:

North West Region

Burnie

Central Coast

Circular Head

Devonport

Kentish

King Island

Latrobe

Waratah/Wynyard

West Coast

Municipalities that STILL REQUIRE a fire permit are:

Southern

Northern

Brighton

Central Highlands

Clarence

Derwent Valley

Glamorgan/Spring Bay

Glenorchy

Hobart

Huon Valley

Kingborough

Sorell

Southern Midlands

Tasman

Break O'Day

Dorset

Flinders

George Town

Launceston

Meander Valley

Northern Midlands

West Tamar

For further information, please contact Regional Chief Shane Batt.



Tasmania Fire Service

Hotel fire deemed accidental

Date: 27 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Leading Firefighter Haydn Fletcher Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Just after 10.30pm last night, Tasmania Fire Service attended a direct brigade fire alarm at Hotel Soho on Davey Street, Hobart.

First arriving firefighters found smoke issuing from the top floor of the dwelling. A rapid attack on the fire by firefighters wearing Breathing Apparatus quickly located a fire in the kitchen area.

It took 3 fire crews approximately 1 hour to fully extinguish the fire.

A search revealed the premise to be unoccupied at the time of the fire.

A fire watch was held at the premise overnight and Tasmania Fire Service Investigators along with TechSafe electrical investigators investigated the fire this morning.

Fire Service Investigators along with electrical investigators deemed the fire to be accidental in nature caused by an electrical failure in an internal switchboard. Damage to the building and contents is estimated at $350,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Overnight fire at Hobart hotel

Date: 27 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: District Officer Stuart Males Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Just after 10.30pm last night, Tasmania Fire Service attended a direct brigade fire alarm at Hotel Soho on Davey Street, Hobart.

First arriving firefighters found smoke issuing from the top floor of the dwelling. A rapid attack on the fire by firefighters wearing Breathing Apparatus quickly located a fire in the kitchen area.

It took 3 fire crews approximately 1 hour to fully extinguish the fire.

A search revealed the premise to be unoccupied at the time of the fire.

A fire watch was held at the premise overnight and Tasmania Fire Service Investigators are on scene this morning investigating the cause of the fire.

There are currently no estimates on damage and a further media release will be issued after the investigation has been completed.



Tasmania Fire Service

Firefighters quickly contain Nubeena bushfire

Date: 15 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: District Officer Mark Klop Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At 11:50am today the Tasmania Fire Service responded to a bushfire near the RSL Club at Main Road Nubeena.

At the height of the fire three properties on Johnsons Road were threatened prompting TFS to issue a Watch and Act Alert, which has since been lifted.

It took 10 firefighters on the ground, supported by a waterbombing helicopter, an hour and a half to contain the fire which has burnt approximately 2 hectares.

Firefighters will remain on the scene extinguishing the fire and will conduct patrols throughout the evening.

The fire was caused by a person burning a number of cardboard boxes on a property, which then escaped into grasses. This burn was conducted without a permit.

It comes after Tasmania Fire Service yesterday issued a reminder that permits are still required for all landowners wishing to burn on their properties.

We again urge people not to be complacent, especially given the warms days and nights we are currently experiencing. Fuel conditions are still dry and permits are still required. The permit system is designed to help us manage the number of fires in the landscape and guards against the likelihood of escaped fires.

Those people wishing to burn on their properties should contact their local Permit Officer to obtain a Fire Permit first. We still need landowners to reduce fuel hazards by conducting controlled burns when the conditions allow, but not on a hot and windy day such as today.



Tasmania Fire Service

Watch and Act for Johnsons Road Nubeena no longer current

Date: 15 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Deputy Regional Chief Paul Salter Phone: (03) 6230 8424

As at 1:30pm the Watch and Act for Johnsons Road Nubeena is no longer current.

Fire crews have contained the fire and will continue working until it is safe.

There may be visible smoke and fire activity within the burnt area for some time.

If there is any fire activity causing you concern please report it to the TFS by calling triple zero (000).

For the most up to date information visit www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

TFS issues reminder ahead of hot and windy weather

Date: 14 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Due to hot and windy conditions forecast for today and tomorrow, the Tasmania Fire Service has placed an embargo on all fire permits in the southern region until midnight tonight (14 March 2017).

The fire danger rating is expected to reach Very High in some parts of the south today and resources have been ramped up to deal with any fire starts.

"With temperatures set to reach over 30 degrees in most areas of the state today and tomorrow and the fire danger rating expected to reach Very High in the south today, we need communities to be responsible. Although it is autumn, we are not out of the bushfire season yet and there is no room for complacency," said Deputy Chief Officer Gavin Freeman.

"If vegetation fires start in the southern region today, we will automatically have a higher level of response to those incidents in order to get on top of them as quickly as possible.

"We are still in the statewide fire permit period and no permits will be issued in the southern region until midnight tonight.

"We have not issued a Total Fire Ban, however people must be extremely cautious with fire this week and avoid using fire in the open today and tomorrow if at all possible. If anyone has had a fire on their property in recent days, whether it be for cooking, warmth or hazard reduction, they must take all steps to ensure it is safe.

Tasmania Fire Service is also issuing a reminder that permits are still required for all landowners wishing to burn on their own properties.

"Fuel conditions are still dry and permits are still required. The permit system is not designed to stop landowners from conducting fuel reduction burns on their properties, it is there to help us manage the number of fires in the landscape and guards against the likelihood of escaped fires.

"Those people wishing to burn on their properties should contact their local Permit Officer to obtain a Fire Permit first. We still need landowners to reduce fuel hazards by conducting controlled burns when the conditions allow," said Mr Freeman.

For information on obtaining a fire permit please visit www.fire.tas.gov.au or phone 1800 000 699.

People should monitor their local ABC radio station or www.fire.tas.gov.au to keep up to date with conditions. Dial Triple Zero (000) to report a fire.



Tasmania Fire Service

Two overnight fires in state's south.

Date: 9 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Two overnight structure fires have kept Tasmania Fire Service firefighters busy in the state's south.

The first fire at Franklin south of Huonville was reported at just after 10pm. Upon arrival, volunteer fire crews from Franklin, Huonville and Grove were confronted with a shed fully alight. Firefighting efforts were hampered by live powerlines and reports of gas bottles inside the structure.

The second fire at Ballyhooly Road, Mangalore was reported at 4.30am and has destroyed a house and shed.

Volunteer firefighters from Brighton and Bagdad arrived to find both the house and adjoining shed fully involved in fire. The house was vacant at the time.

Crews bought both fires under control in just under an hour and firefighters maintained a presence at the fire scenes overnight.

Both fires are currently being investigated by Tasmania Fire Service Fire Investigators and Tasmania Police.



Tasmania Fire Service

Firefighters bring fires under control

Date: 3 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: SSO James Newstead Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife and Forestry Tasmania crews have worked hard today bringing multiple fires started by lightning late yesterday afternoon under control.

Several fires in the states Midlands, South Esk and Fingal Valley were discovered quickly by investigations after a lightning band hit the state, seeing over 500 lightning strikes hit landfall.

Ground crews, remote area firefighters assisted by aerial support have worked during the day and most fires have been contained or extinguished.

Northern Regional Fire Controller James Newstead said public notifications and aerial reconnaissance flights identified the fires, some in inaccessible areas which enabled crews to jump on the fires quickly.

"Fires in Carrick, Rossarden, Ringarooma and Fingal have been contained and will be patrolled over the coming days" Mr Newstead said.

"We remind the public that permits are still required and we urge landowners to register any fires, no matter how small"

In January last year, fires caused by lightning decimated parts of the state's world heritage area.

TFS asks the public to report any fires by calling Triple Zero (000).



Tasmania Fire Service

New Norfolk Grass Fire

Date: 3 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Leading Fire Fighter Adam Doran Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 5.00pm today a grass fire started at Poulters Road New Norfolk and quickly took hold fuelled by a strong North East wind.

First responding brigade New Norfolk were assisted by neighbouring brigades from Magra and Lachlan followed by additional support from Bushy Park and Gretna brigades.

This rapid response combined with fast coordinated actions at the scene brought the fire under control quickly as it was threatening several properties.

This is a great example of the collaborative response by brigades in the Derwent Valley area who are committed to looking after their communities.

TFS wish to remind communities to continue to work with us as we are still not out of the bushfire season and need to remain vigilant when using fire outdoors and that permits are still required.



Tasmania Fire Service

FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Direction Drive, Otago Bay

Weather permitting, the Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a fuel reduction burn on Saturday 4th March at Direction Drive, as part of the state-wide Fuel Reduction Program which is aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.

The total area of this burn will be approximately 70 hectares, and is likely to take 2 days to complete. Smoke may persist some days afterward depending on wind conditions.
During burning operations public access to this area will be restricted. The public is asked to remain well out of the burn site while the burn is taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made along tracks and trails. Please comply with directions from staff or any signs if you are in the area.

While the fire intensity will be low, it will generate flames, smoke and ash. People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

Further information about this burn is available by contacting the Parks and Wildlife Service on
phone 0418 311 697. A map of planned burns is available on the TFS website at
www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colWhatsBurningNow



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Crews work to identify and contain fires

Date: 3 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Regional Chief Ian Bounds Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A comprehensive assessment is currently underway by Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife and Forestry Tasmania personnel in order to identify any possible fire starts that may have occurred due to significant lightning activity yesterday afternoon and into last evening.

Over 500 lightning strikes are reported to have hit landfall across the area west of Launceston extending into the Midlands, Fingal Valley and parts of the East Coast.

Ground and remote area firefighting crews assisted by aircraft will be investigating areas of possible lightning strikes to quickly contain any fires that may have started. To date 5 fires have been identified with resources currently on site working to contain these fires. These are as widespread as Carrick, Rossarden, Tooms Lake and Alberton near Ralph Falls.

There is currently no threat to communities and with the forecast benign weather conditions these fires will be contained quickly. However, it may take some days before fires become apparent or visible given the widespread area and the remoteness of some of the strikes.

Acting Regional Chief Ian Bounds said that lessons were learnt from last fire season. "We are well aware of the need to identify any fires that may have started from this type of event and quickly act on these fires"

"Firefighters will be undertaking patrols of affected areas, and aerial reconnaissance will be utilised over the next few days using imaging equipment to identify possible areas of fire ignition".

"We urge any members of the public to be on alert and report any fires to Tasmania Fire Service by calling Triple Zero (000)".

Tasmania Fire Service reminds the public that Fire permits are still required across the entire state, and landowners need to register any fires outdoor, no matter what the size.

TFS reiterates that there is no threat to people or property and the public in the affected areas should be alert but not alarmed.

Last year, on 13 January, over 1000 lightning strikes started several fires in inaccessible areas of the North West, West Coast and Central Plateau.

15 days later, on the 28th of January, over 1800 lightning strikes added several more fires to the State.



Tasmania Fire Service

Lightning Strikes in the North

Date: 2 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Regional Chief Ian Bounds Phone: (03) 6230 8424

From around 4pm today storm cells developed quickly in the west crossing areas west of Launceston, moving through the Midlands, Fingal Valley and parts of the East Coast producing significant lightning activity resulting in a number of fire starts across the Region.

Fire crews from TFS, Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania responded quickly to numerous reported incidents supported by aircraft.

A comprehensive assessment will be undertaken at first light to identify potential fires from these events.

These areas remain very dry given recent increased temperatures and lack of substantial rain for an extended period. Fires may escalate quickly given these conditions. The communities in these areas are urged to be on alert and report any fires through Triple Zero (000).



Tasmania Fire Service

Neighbour Saves Home

Date: 1 Mar 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At around 12:20pm today Tasmania Fire Service Firefighters from Clarence and Hobart stations attended a house fire on the Eastern Shore of Hobart.

A neighbour heard screams coming from the Geilston Bay residents, and when they saw smoke coming from the house they grabbed their own Dry Chemical Extinguisher, entered the house and attempted to put the fire out.

Tasmania Fire Service Station Officer Kier Wilson said that "due to the quick action of the neighbour the fire was contained to the kitchen and prevented further damage to the home". He also said "saving lives through a quick escape is far more important than saving property. Whilst we had a good outcome today, it could have easily been very different, entering a home that is on fire is extremely dangerous due to toxic smoke, and unpredictable fire behaviour".

The cause of the fire was due to flammable liquids being heated on a stove with Mr. Wilson stressing that appliances should only be used for their intended purchase

The Tasmania Fire Service would also stress that individuals should be trained in the use of an extinguisher or fire blanket to use them safely and effectively, an emergency is not the time to read instructions".

Approximately $15 000 in damage occurred to the property.



Tasmania Fire Service

FUEL REDUCTION BURN - ESK MAIN ROAD, CORNWALL

Weather permitting, the Tasmania Fire Service will be conducting a fuel reduction burn on Monday 27th February at Cornwall, as part of the state-wide Fuel Reduction Program which is
aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.

The total area of this burn will be approximately 88 hectares, and is likely to take 1-4 days to complete. Smoke may persist some days afterward depending on wind conditions.
During burning operations public access to this area will be restricted. The public is asked to remain well out of the burn site while the burn is taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made along tracks and trails. Please comply with directions from staff or any signs if you are in the area.

While the fire intensity will be low, it will generate flames, smoke and ash. People with medical
conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website
www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

Further information about this burn is available by contacting the Tasmania Fire Service on phone 1800 000 699 or email FRU@fire.tas.gov.au.

A map of planned burns is available on the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colWhatsBurningNow



Tasmania Fire Service

Lindisfarne Fire Update - 12.30pm

Date: 16 Feb 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Deputy Regional Chief Stuart Males Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Firefighters are still on the scene of a fire on Natone Hill which started late yesterday afternoon.

Crews maintained a presence at the fire throughout the night dealing with small break-outs of fire and consolidating fire boundaries.

TFS firefighters and Clarence City Council staff members are on scene today continuing to consolidate containment lines and dealing with dangerous trees damaged by the fire.

There is currently no threat to properties however the public is asked to please stay away from the area whilst firefighters render the area safe. Although roads have been reopened in the area, walking tracks have been closed for public safety.

Smoke may be visible for coming days, TFS and Clarence City Council personnel will be patrolling the fire.

The fire which began just before 4.30pm yesterday burnt approximately 25 hectares of the Natone Hill bushland reserve

Firefighters battled the fire in trying conditions and were able to bring the fire under control within about three hours.

Acting Deputy Regional Chief Stuart Males praised his crews and the public for heeding the advice of the TFS.

"Local residents obeyed our Watch and Act messages by either leaving the area or staying to defend their well-prepared properties.

"Ground crews acted quickly to halt the fire and remove the threat to the public.

"The use of aircraft was designed to help slow the fire until firefighters on the ground reached it to stop its spread completely," Mr Males said.

At the height of the fire, 5 aircraft and over 30 firefighters were at the scene. Fire crews were faced with strong, dry winds in excess of 60km/h and temperatures in the high twenties.

Fire threatened houses in Tianna and Rianna Roads, Lindisfarne and an Advice message was upgraded to a Watch and Act alert about 15 minutes after the blaze was first reported.

Tasmania Fire Service's dispatch centre received over 1000 calls from the public alerting them to the fire.



Tasmania Fire Service

Firefighters bring fire under control

Date: 15 Feb 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Firefighters have bought a fire on Hobart's Eastern Shore under control.

The fire on Natone Hill, Lindisfarne which began just before 4.30pm this afternoon was fanned by strong winds of up to 70km/h, low humidity and temperatures of 28 degrees.

At the height of the fire, 2 helicopters and 2 fixed wing water bombing aircraft were used to support 30 firefighters on the ground.

A Watch and Act alert was put in place to warn local residents of Lindisfarne and Geilston Bay of the approaching fire.

It took firefighters 3 hours to bring the fire under control in testing conditions.

The fire remains at Advice level and Tasmania Fire Service fire crews will remain on scene overnight patrolling the fire.

No losses or injuries have been reported.

The fire has currently burnt approximately 25 hectares and the cause is being investigated.

A total fire ban was declared for the Southern Region of the state today (Wednesday 15th February) and Tasmania Fire Service Station Officer Andrew Emery said that most people heeded the ban.

"Thankfully, most residents in the south abided by the Total Fire Ban however, frustratingly, fire crews still responded to some new fires which could have been avoided".

"The declaration of a Total Fire Ban isn't something that we do lightly, and todays outbreaks of uncontrolled fires are testament to the fact that fires can and will move quickly, dangerously and be extremely difficult for firefighters to control". Mr Emery said.

The Total Fire Ban ceases at midnight tonight however fire permits are still required.

For information on current incidents and current fire restrictions, visit the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.



Tasmania Fire Service

Overnight Fire Destoys Nicholls Rivulet Home

Date: 15 Feb 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police Investigators are currently on the scene of a fire that destroyed a house in Nicholls Rivulet in the states south overnight.

The fire on Graces Road was reported just before midnight and upon arrival, volunteer firefighters from Margate, Snug and Channel Brigades found the dwelling well alight.

The fire took around an hour to control. A fire watch was held overnight.

There are currently no estimates on damage to the property. A further media release will be issued at the conclusion of the investigation.



Tasmania Fire Service

Total Fire Ban Tommorrow for Southern Region

Date: 14 Feb 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Regional Chief Paul Salter Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has declared a Total Fire Ban for the 24 hours from midnight tonight Tuesday 14th February 2017 until midnight Wednesday 15th February 2017.

This will affect the following municipalities:

Southern

Brighton

Glamorgan/Spring Bay

Kingborough

Central Highlands

Glenorchy

Sorell

Clarence

Hobart

Southern Midlands

Derwent Valley

Huon Valley

Tasman

Current weather predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology indicate Very High fire danger ratings for several districts in Southern Tasmania for Wednesday 15th February 2017.

The declaration of a total fire ban means that no fires can be lit in the open air. Tasmania Fire Service requires landowners with fires already burning to make sure they are completely extinguished.

"Some areas in the Southern Region, particularly the South East may see temperatures of up to 30 degrees and wind gusts up to 80 km/h which will push fires rapidly making them dangerous and difficult to control" Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer Chris Arnol said.

"Although temperatures over the previous few days have been relatively mild, grass and forest fuels are now very dry and in abundance due to the ongoing rain continually promoting growth growth over the spring summer periods" Mr. Arnol warned.

When instances of high fire danger occur, it is important that people know exactly what to do if a fire threatens their home or property. To assist with this planning, residents are encouraged to visit the Tasmania Fire Service website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plans for their area. These are developed to provide assistance in the event of an emergency that will inform residents of Nearby Safer Places, evacuation routes and how to receive emergency information. Information is also included that will assist in preparing individual emergency plans prior to a fire occurring.

More information on Total Fire Bans and incidents in your area can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

50th Anniversary of the 1967 Black Tuesday Bushfires

The Tasmania Fire Service today remembers the devastating Black Tuesday bushfires that tore through the south of Tasmania on 7 February 1967.
Today is an important day for the community and for us as a Fire Service to reflect on the terrible losses and how far we have come.

From these tragic events the Tasmania Fire Service as we know it today was established; now with 300 career firefighters and 4,500 volunteers dedicated to
helping protect lives, property and the environment.

Together, we join the community in paying respect to those who lost their lives 50 years ago and acknowledge the enduring pain felt by families to this day. The events of Black Tuesday remain Tasmania's worst bushfires in living memory and at the time was the most devastating bushfire emergency Australia had experienced.

We honour the heroism and selflessness of first responders, be it firefighters or the many community members who worked alongside them, risking their lives in the
most challenging of conditions. Many people went beyond the call of duty that day. Every firefighter, police officer and emergency service worker was affected by what
they were up against and we recognise the community's contribution in that effort.

The Black Tuesday anniversary serves to remind all Tasmanians that we live in a bushfire prone region. The Tasmania Fire Service works to increase bushfire
awareness and build community resilience and preparedness through community programs such as Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods, and reduce the fire risk through
the Fuel Reduction Program. On this 50th anniversary of Black Tuesday, we have never been better prepared to respond.

Date: 07 Feb 2017. Contact: Emma McGrath (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

No Total Fire Ban for Monday - But be careful

Date: 29 Jan 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Phil Smith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) Deputy Chief Officer Gavin Freeman has announced a Total Fire Ban (TFB) being considered for Monday 30th January 2017 has been narrowly avoided.

Forecasted weather conditions for tomorrow have not reached what was previously predicted. Parts of the State will reach temperatures in the twenties with warm winds from the North West.

Mr Freeman said, "Although a TFB has not been declared, people must be extremely cautious tomorrow with regard to fire".

TFS have suspended fire permits issued within municipalities in the Northern and Southern regions of Tasmania until midnight Monday 31st January 2017 due to forecasted strong winds. Mr Freeman added that people should avoid using fire in the open if at all possible tomorrow because any fires that start will be difficult to control given the conditions.

TFS has reinforced the importance of ensuring any fire lit must be properly extinguished by turning the coals over to ensure there are no hot spots, and dowsing the coals with water if required. Forecasted winds have the potential to reignite fires and blow embers into unburnt vegetation.

Mr Freeman said, "Every year a small number of fires cost the Tasmanian community dearly. If people are more careful with fire, the loss and damage to possessions, property and the environment can be greatly reduced".

People camping tomorrow are encouraged to use electric or gas BBQ's rather than wood fuelled BBQ's. Penalties may apply if fire escapes from your property.

TFS is reminding people that it is your responsibility to be fire aware. For information on Total Fire Bans and Fire Safety, please visit TFS website (www.fire.tas.gov.au) or 1800 000 699.

People should monitor the local ABC radio station or visit TFS website (www.fire.tas.gov.au) to keep up to date with conditions. Alternatively call the TFS on 1800 000 699 for more information.



Tasmania Fire Service

Possible Total Fire Ban for Monday 30 January 2017 for the South of Tasmania

Date: 27 Jan 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Phil Smith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Current weather predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology indicate an increase in fire weather potential for Monday 30 January 2017, these conditions may create the need to declare a Total Fire Ban. Current forecasts indicate that Northerly winds will become strong and gusty North Westerlies in the afternoon, then changing Westerly in the evening. This forecast will be confirmed as the Bureau provides ongoing updates, with confirmation being provided Sunday afternoon of whether or not there will be a need for a Total Fire Ban.

Fire brigades are finding that forest and grass fuels are now dry enough that it is becoming increasingly difficult for fires to be controlled quickly and with weather as predicted, fires in these conditions will become difficult to control.

It is important that members of the Tasmanian public are aware of these circumstances and are able to adjust their plans where there is potential for fire to occur as a result of activities. This relates to work practices, recreational activities and considerations around harvesting and any other activity that has the risk of causing a fire to start.

The Chief Officer, Chris Arnol asks when periods of high fire danger occur, it is important to plan and be prepared to implement the plan if a fire occurs that threatens your home. To assist with this planning, residents are encouraged to go to the Tasmania Fire Service website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plans. These are developed to provide assistance in the event of an emergency that will inform residents of Nearby Safer Places, evacuation routes and how to receive emergency information. Information is also included that will assist to prepare individual emergency plans prior to a fire occurring.

Be alert for the notifications that will occur in the event that these predictions create the need for a Total Fire Ban to be declared.



Tasmania Fire Service

House Fire Lutana

At 5 am this morning 3 fire trucks from Hobart and Glenorchy were called to a house fire in Lime Rd, Lutana.

On arrival the single story conjoined house was well alight, Fire crews wearing breathing apparatus quickly gained access inside the property. Due to the severity of the fire, a partial roof collapse occurred hampering firefighting operations.

It took around twenty minutes to gain control. At the time of the fire the house was unoccupied.

The fire has caused extensive fire damage to the majority of the property.

Investigations will continue today between the Fire and Police services but they are treating this incident as Arson.

Damaged is estimated at $200,000.

If anyone has any information regarding this fire please call crime-stoppers on 1800 000 699

Date: 26 Jan 2017 - 00:00 Contact Officer: Michael Goldsmith Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

Austins Ferry fire destroys home

Date: 23 Jan 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Just after 11pm on Sunday January 22, Tasmania Fire Service firefighters were alerted to a report of a Structure Fire in Newitt Drive, Austins Ferry.

Career Firefighters from Bridgewater and Glenorchy Brigades attended as well as volunteer firefighters from Claremont.

Upon arrival, an intense fire on the lower level and garage of the house was visible with fire rapidly spreading to the first story of the two story residence. Although the residents were home at the time of the fire, they were able to escape unharmed. Their pet dog was able to be rescued by firefighters prior to the roof of the building collapsing due to the fire.

Unfortunately, the house, a car and garage were all destroyed with an estimated value in excess of $650,000.

The fire took approximately 2 hours to extingush and a fire watch was undertaken until morning.

Tasmania Fire Service and police investigators attended the fire scene today and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.



Tasmania Fire Service

For information - Vegetation Fire in Mornington

Date: 13 Jan 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

There is a fire burning in the Waverley Flora Park at the back of Mornington. Firefighting efforts are being hampered by strong winds and firefighters are being assisted by a water-bombing helicopter.

At this stage, there is no threat to properties in the area, but property owners are asked to be alert and tune into emergency broadcaster ABC Radio Hobart or www.fire.tas.gov.au for any information and warnings we may issue.



Tasmania Fire Service

Declaration of Fire Permit Period - North West Region

Date: 10 Jan 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has declared a Fire Permit Period from midnight tonight (Tuesday, 10 January 2017) for all North West Region municipalities.

North West Region
Burnie
Central Coast
Circular Head
Devonport
Kentish
King Island
Latrobe
Waratah/Wynyard
West Coast

TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol reiterated that the fire permit period is not designed to stop landowners from conducting hazard reduction burns on their properties.

"The declaration of a Fire Permit Period guards against the likelihood of escaped fires and enables TFS to monitor controlled burning as Tasmania's fire danger increases over summer.

A fire permit period for Northern and Southern region municipalities was instigated on the 21 December 2016 where Mr. Arnol said, "While conditions allow, we still need landowners to conduct controlled burns to reduce fuel hazards, they simply need to obtain a Fire Permit to confirm the right controls are in place and TFS has a network of capable Permit Officers throughout the state who can assist land owners with hazard reduction burning"

The declaration of a permit period in the North West now means that fire permits are required state wide.

Campfires and barbeques do not require a permit; however, people must remain in attendance at all times whilst fires remain alight.

Please check with your local council on burning restrictions.

For information on how to obtain a fire permit - free call 1800 000 699 or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Tasmania Fire Service praises the community for acting responsibly

Date: 9 Jan 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer has praised the Tasmanian community for acting responsibly with fire over the weekend.

Tasmania had temperatures in the low 30s in most areas over the weekend and Sunday's temperatures combined with strong winds saw the fire danger reach 'very high' in some areas.

Chief Officer Chris Arnol said members of the public seem to be listening to the advice around bushfire readiness and the fire season outlook.

"Bushfire readiness is a shared responsibility. This means the mitigation of hazards and reducing the likelihood of fires starting on properties rests with the landowners.

"Over the weekend any fires that started in thick vegetation would have been difficult to control due to the high temperatures and strong winds. We responded to very few vegetation fires and we put this down to the fact that generally people were acting responsibly with fire. We commend the public for acting sensibly and ensuring our firefighters weren't called out unnecessarily to deal with preventable fires," Mr Arnol said.

Mr. Arnol said that the few vegetation fires that crews did attend were bought under control quickly however he warns that as the warmer and dryer weather continues and the instance of rain decreases, heavy growth caused by above average rainfalls will cure and dry off rapidly.

"Grasses are curing quickly and could cause problems for us now.

"The spikes in temperatures and fire danger like we saw over the weekend will be a continuing trend throughout the rest of summer. The continued support from the community by sharing the responsibility of bushfire risk and mitigation is becoming even more important as we move further into summer and the fuels dry out," Mr Arnol said.

Responsible behaviours include:

Ensuring campfires are fully extinguished by soaking, stirring then soaking again.

Completely extinguishing or monitoring any previous fuel reduction burns for several days afterwards to ensure it will not escape.

Ensure cleared areas around barbeques and campfires.

Despite a relatively quiet weekend, a fire at Gunns Plains Road, North Motton in the state's North West that started yesterday caused some concern for firefighters with an Advice alert current for those living in the area.

5 crews assisted by a helicopter are continuing work today to contain the fire which has currently burnt approximately 12 hectares. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Fire permits are currently required for all municipalities in the Northern and Southern Regions of the state.

Mr. Arnol reiterated that the fire permit period is not designed to stop landowners from conducting hazard reduction burns on their properties. We have a network of permit officers available to help landowners in this respect" he said.

"We always encourage landowners to undertake fuel reduction burning on their properties. Fire permits guard against the likelihood of escaped fires and enables TFS to monitor controlled burning as Tasmania's fire danger intensifies over summer. " Mr Arnol said.

For further information on using fire outdoors or any current incidents in your area, go to the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Christmas safety message from Tasmania Fire Service

Date: 22 Dec 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service is encouraging Tasmanians to enjoy themselves over the Christmas period and is reminding people to use fire safely and responsibly.

'We don't want to be spoiling anyone's Christmas and that goes for our volunteer firefighters who would much rather be spending Christmas with their family and friends rather than being called out to unnecessary and avoidable incidents,' TFS Deputy Chief Officer Gavin Freeman said

'We are expecting high temperatures and high fire danger for Christmas Day and at this stage we have no plans for a total fire ban. We welcome Tasmanians to enjoy their barbies and campfires over Christmas, provided proper precautions are taken,' Mr Freeman said.

TFS reminds the public to have a cleared area of 1 metre around any gas or electric barbeques and a 3 metre cleared area around incinerators and campfires. While using incinerators and campfires, someone should be present at all times and they should be fully extinguished before being left unattended. Fully extinguish fires by soaking them with water, stirring the ash and dirt, and soaking them again.

The Fire Permit Period began last night for municipalities in the Southern and Northern Regions of the state.

For information on using fire outdoors, and for up to date information on fires burning in the state, go to the TFS website www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Declaration of Fire Permit Period - Southern and Northern Regions

Date: 21 Dec 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Andrew Emery or Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Tasmania Fire Service has declared a Fire Permit Period from midnight tonight (Wednesday 21 December 2016) for all Southern and Northern Region municipalities.

Southern Northern
Brighton Break O'Day
Central Highlands Dorset
Clarence Flinders
Derwent Valley George Town
Glamorgan/Spring Bay Launceston
Glenorchy Meander Valley
Hobart Northern Midlands
Huon Valley West Tamar
Kingborough
Sorell
Southern Midlands
Tasman

TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol said the moderate temperatures so far this summer are not a reason to relax.

"Although we have generally experienced more moderate summer temperatures and higher than average rainfall, TFS is now seeing an increase in uncontrolled outbreaks of fire. Several fires have required significant resources to bring under control. We have also experienced a number of days where the fire danger has reached the upper end of the Very High category and his trend is forecast to increase," Mr Arnol said.

The declaration of a Fire Permit Period is not designed to stop landowners from conducting hazard reduction burns on their properties. It guards against the likelihood of escaped fires and enables TFS to monitor controlled burning as Tasmania's fire danger intensifies over summer.

"We still need landowners to conduct controlled burns, while conditions allow, to reduce fuel hazards, they simply need to obtain a Fire Permit to confirm the right controls are in place and TFS has a network of capable Permit Officers throughout the state who help facilitate this," Mr Arnol said.

Campfires and barbeques do not require a permit; however, people must remain in attendance at all times whilst fires remain alight.

Please check with your local council on burning restrictions.

For information on how to obtain a fire permit - free call 1800 000 699 or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire crews gain upper hand on Runnymede fire

Date: 19 Dec 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Incident Controller Stuart Males Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service Incident Controller Stuart Males has said Smoke from a fire at Runnymede is visible around Hobart today but residents should not be concerned.
"Back burning that has been occurring over the last few days has significantly increased the size of the fire, and with that comes a significant increase in smoke" Mr. Males said.

The fire which is currently still contained within containment lines has burnt through 2600 hectares of Private Land, State Forest and parts of the Mt. Morrison Conservation Area.

Crews battled strong winds over the past few days but were able to keep control of the fire.

Yesterday, fire crews had to be redirected to another unrelated vegetation fire on Hacks Road, Nugent and this morning crews were called yet again to another unrelated fire in which a barn was destroyed. Both of these fires were quickly bought under control and are being patrolled.

Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police are currently investigating the cause of the fires.

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the fire.
Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au
People traveling in the area should exercise caution if driving in smoke. Turn on your headlights and drive slowly.
If you live in the area of the fires, stay informed in case conditions change by monitoring local radio stations and the Tasmania Fire Service Website - www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Increased smoke from Runnymede fire no cause for alarm

Date: 18 Dec 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Incident Controller Claudio Muench Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Fire crews are using favourable weather today to bring a bushfire burning at Runnymede under control.

Incident Controller Claudio Muench has said that intensive back burning will continue this afternoon in order to keep the fire within containment lines.

"The public may see an increase in smoke from the fire this afternoon around the greater Hobart area however they should not be alarmed.

"Efforts will be made this afternoon to remove fuel between our constructed containment lines and the fire whilst we are experiencing more moderate conditions and little wind" Mr. Muench said.

Firefighters worked hard yesterday afternoon in challenging and gusty conditions to hold the fire after there were concerns it may breach containment lines.

The fire, which started Tuesday has burnt over 2200 hectares.

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the fire.
Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

People traveling in the area should exercise caution if driving in smoke. Turn on your headlights and drive slowly.

If you live in the area of the fires, stay informed in case conditions change by monitoring local radio stations and the Tasmania Fire Service Website - www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Testing day ahead for crews battling Runnymede fire

Date: 17 Dec 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Fire Crews will continue today to try and bring a fire under control which has been burning at Runnymede since Tuesday.

The fire has burnt over 2000 hectares of Private land, State Forest and Mount Morrison Conservation Area.

Although no properties are currently under threat, Tasmania Fire Service Incident Controller Claudio Muench has urged residents in surrounding areas to make sure they keep themselves informed and are prepared to take action if needed.

"Strong wind and inaccessible terrain have hampered firefighters and predicted strong winds today will test our containment lines". Mr. Muench said.

"Fires can spread rapidly and the public is asked to keep themselves updated by listening to local radio and by monitoring the TFS website".

There are currently 18 crews from Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife and Forestry Tasmania battling the fire together with crews from private land managers Forico and Norske Skog.

Heavy machinery and water-bombing aircraft are also being utilised.

Smoke from the Runnymede fire may be visible in and around Hobart for several days.

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the fire.
Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

People traveling in the area should exercise caution if driving in smoke by turning their headlight on and driving slowly.

Meanwhile, an Advice message issued by Tasmania Fire Service yesterday for a fire at Granton has been downgraded. The fire, which started around 10:30am was quickly bought under control by responding crews with the assistance of two water bombing helicopters.

Incident Controller Barry Bones praised his crews saying "if it wasn't for the quick action and hard work of firefighters, the fire would have increased rapidly in-size and quite possibly threatened homes".

Fire crews will be on scene today patrolling the fire.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fires Keeping Crews Busy in States South

Date: 16 Dec 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Firefighters are still battling to contain fires in State's south, blanketing much of the greater Hobart area in smoke.

A fire at Black Snake Lane, Granton is being bought under control by Tasmania Fire Service crews with the aid of water-bombing aircraft. Limited access to the fire and falling trees hampered first arriving crews.
An Advice alert still remains on the fire, and the fire service asks local residents in the Granton area to remain vigilant. Station Officer Barry Bones said "Whilst crews currently have the upper-hand on the fire, conditions can change quickly and the public is asked to stay informed".

Tasmania Fire Service will remain on the scene of the fire for some time.
Intensive back burning is occurring on a fire at Runnymede, North East of Hobart in an endeavour to contain the mostly inaccessible fire. Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife and Forestry Tasmania crews have been dealing with the fire since it first broke out at Phipps Road on Tuesday.
The fire has currently burnt over 1600 hectares.

The crews are being assisted by private land managers Norske Skog and Forico.
Two community drop-in sessions will be held tomorrow (Saturday) for the public who may wish to attend. The first is to be held between 11am and 12pm at the Pawleena Hall, Pawleena Road, Pawleena. The second, between 1pm and 2pm will be held at Nugent Hall, Nugent. Members of the public with any questions regarding the Phipps Road Fire are welcome to attend either venue to speak with Tasmania Fire Service representatives.

There is currently no major threat to property however residents in the area are asked to keep themselves informed in case conditions change by monitoring local radio stations and the Tasmania Fire Service Website - www.fire.tas.gov.au

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the fire.
Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au
People traveling in the area should exercise caution if driving in smoke by turning their headlight on and driving slowly.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fires Cause Increase in Smoke Around Hobart

Date: 16 Dec 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service warns that an increase in visible smoke will occur around the greater Hobart area as fire crews continue back burning operations to bring a fire at Runnymede under control.

The fire, which started just after midday Tuesday, has burnt over 1100 hectares of Private Land, State Forest and Parts of the Mount Morrison Conservation Area.

Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife and Forestry Tasmania Fire crews have been utilising favourable weather over the past couple of days to contain the fire.

Meanwhile, Tasmania Fire Service career and volunteer crews are on the scene at a vegetation fire at Black Snake Lane, Granton which started just after 10:30 this morning. An Advice message has been issued to the public urging People in Granton to keep up to date by listening to ABC Local Radio or look at the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.

There is currently no threat to life and property from either fire however those living in the area are asked to remain vigilant as conditions can sometimes change rapidly.

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the fire.
Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

People traveling in the area should exercise caution if driving in smoke. Turn on your headlights and drive slowly.

If you live in the area of the fires, stay informed in case conditions change by monitoring local radio stations and the Tasmania Fire Service Website - www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Crews use lower temperatures to get upper hand on fire.

Date: 14 Dec 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Although lower temperatures were welcomed by fire crews battling a fire at Runnymede, they are still hampered by strong winds and impeded access to the fire.

The fire at Phipps Road, Runnymede started a bit after 12:30pm yesterday and has currently burnt out over 270 hectares of private land and State Forest.

There are currently 13 fire crews from Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania on site endeavouring to contain the fire, assisted by a helicopter and bulldozer. Much of the fire is inaccessible.
There is currently no threat to life or properties.

Aside from the fire at Runnymede, Regional Fire Controller Neil Brooksbank said that fire crews were able to quickly contain several outbreaks of fire yesterday during the very high fire danger period.
"Crews are continuing to work hard to build containment lines around the Phipps Road, Runnymede Fire and are continuing to patrol contained fires at Campania and Lonnavale". Mr. Brooksbank said.

Mr Brooksbank urged the public to remain vigilant, even though we are experiencing cooler temperatures.

"Although fire permits are currently not required in Tasmania, we asked the public to remain vigilant when using fire outdoors. Although temperatures are at the lower end of what we can experience in summer, strong winds can still push fires quickly".

The cause of the Runnymede fire is being investigated.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Weather Warning

Date: 13 Dec 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a Fire Weather Warning for today in the South East and East Coast Districts with predicted temperatures in the high twenties, relative humidity reaching as low as 20% and north westerly winds of 45 to 55km/h.

"These weather combinations rate parts of the state in the High Fire Danger rating and some parts of the East Coast and South East in the Very High Fire Danger Category. This means fires under these conditions can be difficult to control and only well prepared and actively defended houses can offer safety during an out of control fire" Station Officer Andrew Emery of Tasmania Fire Service said.

Tasmania Fire Service has incident management teams put in place in Northern and Southern Regions to quickly deal with any outbreaks of fire that may occur.

Station Officer Emery has urged the public to be vigilant around fire and not to leave any fires unattended. Landowners who have previously been burning off are asked to check that their fires are either extinguished or have safe boundaries around their perimeter.

The public are asked to monitor the fire and weather situation through their local radio station, the TFS website www.fire.tas.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au and to please remember to call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.



Tasmania Fire Service

Hobart firefighters rescue woman from North Hobart fire

Date: 11 Dec 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Station Officer Peter Tavasz (off duty from 8am) Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At 10pm last night, the Tasmania Fire Service received triple zero calls to a unit fire in Arthur Street, North Hobart.

Arriving on scene, crews from the Hobart Fire Brigade found the unit partially involved in fire and full of smoke. Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the unit, and swiftly evacuated the woman who was unconscious in her bedroom at the time.

The woman was treated by firefighters at the scene for smoke inhalation before Ambulance Tasmania arrived and transported her to the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Senior Station Officer Peter Tavasz praised the actions of some of the residents who tried to extinguish the fire and rescue the occupant, with one succumbing to smoke inhalation in doing so.

"This incident highlights the importance of having working smoke alarms installed in every bedroom in the house. The unit had working smoke alarms which alerted the neighbours.

"If it wasn't for the quick action of firefighters on our arrival, it is a very real possibility that we could have had a fatality last night," he said.

An investigation into the cause will be conducted by a TFS fire investigator this morning.

Three fire appliances and 12 firefighters attended the incident.



Tasmania Fire Service

House fire at Clarendon Vale

Last night at 10.50 pm the Tasmania Fire Service was called to a vacant house burning in Saladin Circle, Clarendon Vale.

Crews from Rokeby, Clarence and Hobart were dispatched and on arrival found thick black smoke issuing from the building.

Station Officer Val Ansett said 'Crews quickly forced their way into the house, conducted a search and extinguished the blaze'.

The house was extensively damaged. The cost is estimated to be $100 000. TFS Fire Investigators have deemed the fire deliberate and it has been handed over to Police.

Date: 9 Dec 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

STRUCTURE FIRE - Lamont Street, Invermay

At 0312 this morning Tasmania Fire Service responded to 000 reports of an explosion and large fire at Launceston City Councils Parks & Recreation depot in Lamont Street, Invermay.

On arrival the first TFS crews found a two storey building to be fully engulfed. The building is understood to be an office/administration complex for the LCC.
Three Toyota Hiace vans used by Landcare that were parked adjacent to the building were also severely damaged by radiant heat from the fire.

Four units from Launceston, Rocherlea and Prospect were dispatched to the incident with 16 firefighters combating the incident at the height of the blaze.
Investigations will begin this morning to determine the cause and origin of the fire. An early estimate of dollar loss would be approximately $500, 000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Freycinet Lodge Fire

At 9pm on Saturday night fire crews responded to a structure fire at Freycinet Lodge Coles Bay. On arrival crews located and extinguished a fire in an internal wall cavity in the kitchen area.

The location of the fire made extinguishment difficult, and without the quick actions of the Coles Bay Volunteer Brigade the damage would have been more extensive.

Early detection of the fire by the lodges alarm system and the well drilled actions of Lodge staff implementing their evacuation plan also ensured all guests were evacuated quickly.

The fire is estimated to have caused approximately $50,000 damage and was deemed accidental.

5 Dec 2016 - 00:00Contact

Date: 5 Dec 2016 - 00:00 : Matthew Lowe Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

Update on Warrane Shed Fire

At approx. 3pm today TFS crews were alerted to a shed fire in Erebus St, Warrane. On arrival crews found a large colour bond shed engulfed flames.

Station Officer Peter Tavasz said that the fire burnt quickly and fiercely due to the items stored in the shed.

Quick action by the fire fighters limited the major damage to the shed and its contents. No one was injured.

Fire crews are investigating the cause of the fire. The estimated cost of the damage is thought to be over $50,000

Date: 30 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

Shed Fire in Warrane

Two TFS fire crews are currently responding to a shed fire in Warrane.

Initial reports are that the shed is well alight. Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus are extinguishing the fire. No lives or other property is under threat at this stage.

People nearby are asked to exercise caution and to stay indoors and out of the smoke.

Further details to follow.

Date: 30 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire in Murray Street

At 11.08am today fire crews responded to a fire reported at 126 Murray Street.

On arrival fire crews discovered a fire close to a gas cylinder and the property it was connected to. Nearby occupants & businesses were evacuated while the fire was bought under control.

Station Officer Jarrod Read said the quick action by the TFS crew limited the damage to the gas cylinders and a small part of the adjoining property.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus searched the adjoining building to ensure the fire had not spread, the adjoining apartment experienced heat and smoke damage.

The Fire crew in consultation with gas and electrical representatives have made the area safe. Investigations into the cause have revealed it was accidental.

The cost of the damage is estimated to be $5000

Date: 25 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

Busy Afternoon for Firefighters in States South

Date: 11 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 2:10pm this afternoon, Tasmania Fire Service crews were alerted to a Structure Fire at a Bodyworks business in Elwick Road, Glenorchy.

Upon arrival, firefighters were faced with a large fire burning at the rear of the premise. Due to the nature of the business, there were early fears that some of the chemicals and flammable materials stored on site could explode.

Due to the quick actions of the public in notifying Tasmania Fire Service of the fire, and quick response, Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were able to conduct an aggressive attack on the fire, containing it to the rear of the business and were able to stop the fire spreading into neighbouring properties and nearby chemical storage areas.

The black acrid smoke from the fire was visible for several kilometres.

Earlier in the afternoon, at approximately 1:30pm, Firefighters from career firefighters from Hobart and Glenorchy Fire Brigades responded to a report of a fire in an unoccupied house at McKellar Street, South Hobart. Upon arrival, firefighters were confronted with the building well alight, and due to concerns that the building may collapse, firefighters were unable to enter the building in the initial stages of the fire and were forced to fight the fire externally. The building was destroyed. Damage is estimated at approximately $150,000.

Both fires took around 1 hour for crews to extinguish

Tasmania Fire Service investigators are currently on-scene investigating the cause of both fires.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Elwick Road

Date: 11 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service crews are currently attending a structure fire in Elwick Road, Glenorchy. There are multiple Tasmania Fire Service vehicles on scene. Elwick Road is closed between Grove Road and King George V Avenue. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area.

The fire is under control however smoke from the fire may still be present around the Elwick Road and Glenorchy area for quite some time.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.


Tasmania Fire Service

FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Wombat Glen

Weather permitting, the Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a fuel reduction burn on Thursday 10th November at Wombat Glen, as part of the state-wide Fuel Reduction Program which is aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.

The total area of this burn will be approximately 35 hectares, and is likely to take 1-2 days to complete. Smoke may persist some days afterward depending on wind conditions.
During burning operations public access to this area will be restricted. The public is asked to remain well out of the burn site while the burn is taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made along tracks and trails. Please comply with directions from staff or any signs if you are in the area.

While the fire intensity will be low, it will generate flames, smoke and ash. People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

Further information about this burn is available by contacting the Parks and Wildlife Service on
phone 0438 115 084. A map of planned burns is available on the TFS website at
www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colWhatsBurningNow



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire at Devonport Aged Care Facility

Date: 8 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Rob Whiteway Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 9.50am this morning, Tasmania Fire Service firefighters were called to a report of a Structure Fire at Baptcare Karingal Community Aged Care Facility, Devonport.

On arrival firefighters found a small fire in the bathroom of one of the units. The fire was quickly extinguished but not before it created approximately $20,000 damage.

"It could have been much worse if it wasn't for a working smoke alarm and the quick actions of staff at the centre alerting Tasmania Fire Service of the fire". Station Officer Rob Whiteway of Devonport Fire Brigade said.

The fire started due to a bathroom appliance being accidentally left on.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Investigators On Scene at Carlton House Fire

Date: 1 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Acting District Officer Claudio Meunch Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service Fire Investigators are currently onsite at a property on Carlton River Road, Carlton investigating the cause of a fire where a house and vehicle were destroyed by fire yesterday evening.

At approximately 7:30pm, Tasmania Fire Service firefighters from Dodges Ferry, Primrose Sands, Midway Point and Orielton Brigades were alerted to the fire and upon arrival found the two story brick dwelling and a vehicle in the front yard fully ablaze.

It took crews just under an hour to control the fire and firefighters successfully stopped the large fire from spreading to adjoining properties.



Tasmania Fire Service

FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Mount Faulkner near Granton

The Tasmania Fire Service is continuing a fuel reduction burn which commenced on Wednesday 26th October at Mount Faulkner near Granton, as part of the state-wide Fuel Reduction Program which is aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.

Internal lighting is forecast to continue today, Saturday 29th October. Edge lighting has been completed and aerial ignition will be used to light the remaining areas.

The total area of this burn will be approximately 100 hectares.

Smoke may persist some days afterward depending on wind conditions.

During burning operations public access to this area will be restricted. The public is asked to remain well out of the burn site while the burn is taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made along tracks and trails. Please comply with directions from staff or any signs if you are in the area.

While the fire intensity will be low, it will generate flames, smoke and ash. People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au
Further information about this burn is available by contacting the Tasmania Fire Service on phone
1800 000 699 or email FRU@fire.tas.gov.au. A map of planned burns is available on the TFS
website at www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colWhatsBurningNow



Tasmania Fire Service

New firefighters join ranks of Tasmania Fire Service

Date: 28 Oct 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

8 firefighters joined the ranks of the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) at the 2016 graduation ceremony held today at the Cambridge Training Complex. Tasmania's newest firefighters will be on station from next week in Hobart, Devonport and Burnie.

Chief Officer Chris Arnol said the trainees have graduated to become part of a global family and are now members of one of the most respected and trusted professions in society.

"From next week they will be on station and ready to respond to call-outs for all types of incidents. Our recruit training is designed to equip our latest firefighters with a diverse range of skillsets and the knowledge they need to deliver the range of services TFS provides the Tasmanian community."

"The investment in these 8 firefighters further enhances our response capacity for structural, hazmat, road crash, specialist rescue and bushfire incidents," Mr Arnol said.

Trainee Development Course Manager, Acting Senior Station Officer Richard Onn said the graduates' drive to succeed in their new career was clear from their motivation levels and the high standards they maintained throughout the course.

"The 8 graduating firefighters completed 15 weeks of comprehensive training to prepare them for their new roles including hot fire training, hose drills, road crash rescue and HAZMAT.

"They have also has some unique experiences such as a visit to the Paediatric Unit of the Royal Hobart Hospital, and the opportunity to respond to a house fire to support the responding crews," said Acting Senior Station Officer Onn.

Graduating firefighter Anthony Cowles, 36, left his role as a General Manager of a travel company to pursue his dream of becoming a firefighter, inspired by almost losing his family home.

"I set my mind to joining the TFS after the Dunalley fires in 2013 came close to claiming my family's home in Connellys Marsh. The house was thankfully saved by my father and my family escaped unharmed, but the impact on the community was immeasurable and it stirred something in me to be part of that response.

"This event changed everything for me and set me on a completely different path to the corporate world," said Firefighter Cowles.

Joining the Snug Brigade a short time later, Firefighter Cowles worked hard to build up his physical fitness and was selected as one of the best and brightest in the comprehensive recruitment process.

During the ceremony today Firefighter Cowles was bestowed the honour of Dux of Trainee Development Course 2016.

The graduation of these trainees brings the total number of career firefighters in Tasmania to 306.



Tasmania Fire Service

FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Big Boggy, Gladstone

Weather permitting, the Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a fuel reduction burn on Tuesday 25th October at Big Boggy, as part of the state-wide Fuel Reduction Program which is aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.

The total area of this burn will be approximately 11000 hectares, and is likely to take 1-2 days to complete. Smoke may persist some days afterward depending on wind conditions.
During burning operations public access to this area will be restricted. The public is asked to remain well out of the burn site while the burn is taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made along tracks and trails. Please comply with directions from staff or any signs if you are in the area.

While the fire intensity will be low, it will generate flames, smoke and ash. People with medical
conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website
www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

Further information about this burn is available by contacting the Parks and Wildlife Service on
phone 1300 827 727. A map of planned burns is available on the TFS website at
www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colWhatsBurningNow



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Morse Street, Montello

Date: 22 Oct 2016 - 00:00 Contact: SO Viney Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At 0205 hours on Saturday morning the Burnie and Somerset Fire Brigades were called to a structure fire at MONTELLO.
A shed at the rear of the property was fully involved and had spread to the neighbouring properties double garage.

Two units from the Burnie Brigade extinguished the fire over a 40 minute period.

The fire was deemed to have started accidentally as a result of an ember or piece of wood escaping from an open chimney inside the building.

The residents of the property had been socialising in the shed and at the conclusion of the evening had returned to the main residence leaving the fire unattended and still burning in the chimney. The chimney did not have a screen in place to prevent sparks/logs from escaping.

The Tasmania Fire Service would like to remind the public of the need to ensure open fires are fully extinguished or that a suitable ember screen is in place before leaving such a fire unattended.

A simple $100 ember screen could save you thousands.

Damage from this fire is estimated to be approximately $28,000



Tasmania Fire Service

Fires Remind of Cooking Dangers

Date: 10 Oct 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Two incidents at opposite ends of the state over the weekend have sparked a warning from Tasmania Fire Service to not leave cooking unattended.

On Saturday morning, just before 4am fire crews from Glenorchy and Hobart attended a report of a Structure Fire in Elwick Road, Glenorchy. Upon arrival, firefighters found a heavily smoke logged house and an activating smoke alarm.

Firefighters had to force entry to the house, and whilst conducting a search they discovered a male occupant and removed him to safety. Ambulance Tasmania paramedics attended the scene however the man was not transported to hospital. The cause of the fire was investigated and deemed to be a pot left unattended on a stovetop.

On Sunday morning at approximately 3:40am, neighbours alerted Tasmania Fire Service to a smoke alarm activating and smell of smoke from a residence in Martin Street, Wynyard.
Upon arrival, Tasmania Fire Service crews from Wynyard, Burnie and Somerset found the residence full of thick smoke and during a search of the property; the male resident was located inside and bought to safety.

He was treated at the scene before being transported to hospital with smoke inhalation.

Once again, the cause was also a pot left unattended on the stove.

Tasmania Fire Service Station Officer Andrew Emery urged the public to understand the dangers of leaving cooking unattended.
"Make sure all cooking appliances are turned off, before turning away" Station Officer Emery said.
"You may get distracted, or fall asleep which can result in devastating consequences. In both these instances, if it hadn't been for a combination of a working smoke alarm, vigilant neighbours and a quick response and quick action from Tasmania Fire Service firefighters, the results could have been tragic in both cases".



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Evacuates Community Health Centre

Date: 16 Sep 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Firefighter Brendan Plummer Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 9.25am on the morning of 16 September, the Tasmania Fire Service was alerted to report of a Structure Fire at the Glenorchy Community Health Centre in Terry Street, Glenorchy.
Occupants of the building were alerted to the fire by the buildings fire alarm system which aided them in quickly and safely evacuating the building.

Upon arrival, Glenorchy and Hobart Fire Brigade fire fighters were confronted with thick smoke in the upper levels of the 3 story building.

Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and quickly located and extinguished a fire on the first floor and stopped it spreading further.

Extensive smoke damage was caused by the fire with damage estimated at approximately $60,000. The cause of the fire was investigated by Fire Investigators from Tasmania Fire Service and was been deemed as accidental, with the cause being identified as a malfunctioning light in the ceiling which caught fire and dropped onto floor coverings, also setting them alight.



Tasmania Forestry Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Spring fuel reduction program launches

Date: 26 Aug 2016 - 12:00am Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 61732973

Following a challenging bushfire season, fire authorities are commencing their spring fuel reduction programs to help make Tasmanian communities safer from the threat of bushfires. The first fuel reduction burn was conducted on Knocklofty Reserve today, and will continue over the weekend, weather permitting.

There are around 60 planned burns this season that will be conducted on both public and private land if and when the conditions are suitable. They will be prioritised on risk and appropriate conditions, with a focus on areas which pose the greatest risk of bushfire to communities.

Spring burning has some advantages, as surrounding fuels are often still wet. As summer approaches spring burns are carefully resourced to ensure they are extinguished prior to bad fire weather. Quite often spring is used to undertake edge lighting, preparing areas for full burning in the autumn months.

State Fire Management Council Chair and spokesperson for the Fuel Reduction Program, Ian Sauer, said there is extensive planning involved in each season's fuel reduction burns, to ensure maximum efficiency for the program.

"In Tasmania, we know all too well the devastating effects bushfires have, to both local communities and the economy, and while fire is a natural and fundamental part of our environment, the effects of an uncontrolled fire can be devastating," Mr Sauer said.

"Fuel reduction burning will not prevent bushfires from occurring, but the potential damage of fires will be reduced, making it easier and safer for firefighters to control fires.

"All planned burns are reliant on favourable weather conditions and we ensure we have appropriate resourcing to conduct the burns in an effective and safe manner.

"The planning process takes full consideration of important cultural, natural and social values such as threatened species and Aboriginal heritage, as well as key seasonal times for industries such as vineyards, to ensure negative outcomes are minimised.

"Every burn is carefully planned to minimise the risk to those carrying out the burn and surrounding communities, including the impact of smoke."

The Tasmanian Government has invested $28.5m in the four-year program which takes both a cross-tenure and multi-agency approach, and enables the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) to work efficiently alongside the Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania to oversee and provide critical information about fuel reduction burns to the public.

The TFS will provide a regularly updated schedule of fuel reduction burns through local media and online via the www.fire.tas.gov.au website, which features a map of planned and current burns.

Every effort is be made to reduce the impact of smoke, and the Fuel Reduction Unit works closely with the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania and the Department of Health and Human Services to communicate all fuel reduction burn information. The program follows the EPA's Smoke Management Guidelines and participates in the coordinated smoke management system.

Fuel reduction burns are planned to take place in the following areas, dependant on conditions:

South: Lenah Valley, Tolosa, Kingston, Sandy Bay, Ridgeway, Bushy Park, Brushy Hill, Orford, South Hobart, Montrose, Lachlan, Runnymede, Granton, Boyer, Bagdad, Coal River and Blackmans Bay.

North West: Latrobe, Devonport, Bakers Beach, Shearwater, Eugenana, Penguin, Ulverstone, Harford, Hellyer and Sisters Beach.

North: Scamander, St Marys, Bridport, Launceston, Lulworth, Grindelwald, Hillwood, George Town, Beaconsfield, Greens Beach, Weymouth and Four Mile Creek.



Tasmania Fire Service

MOONAH BUSINESS FIRE DEEMED ACCIDENTAL

Date: 10 Aug 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Regional Fire Investigator Matt Lowe Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Investigations into the fire which damaged three Moonah businesses have been completed.
Firefighters from Hobart and Glenorchy arrived to find the building well alight just after 11:15pm last night.
The cause of the fire has been deemed to be accidental and originated in an electrical switchboard.
Fire damage to the property containing a coffee shop and two laundry businesses was extensive and is estimated at approximately $700,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Cause of Fire Under Investigation

Date: 10 Aug 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Fire Investigators are currently at the scene investigating the cause of a fire which affected businesses on Main Road in Moonah late last night.

Firefighters from Hobart and Glenorchy arrived to find the building well alight just after 11:15pm.

5 fire trucks attended, including the Tasmania Fire Service' hydraulic platform

It took fire crews just over an hour to control the fire, hampered by strong winds.



Tasmania Fire Service

Hobart Fires Keep Firefighters Busy

Date: 9 Aug 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 12:30pm on 8th August, Tasmania Fire Service was alerted to a fire at Elizabeth College, North Hobart as a result of the school's direct brigade alarm system operating.

Upon arrival the TFS found smoke coming from the workshop area within the school yard and a vehicle and part of the workshop's equipment on fire.

Firefighters from Hobart Fire Brigade wearing breathing apparatus had to force entry through the workshop roller door to contain and extinguish the fire.

A staff member tried to extinguish the fire after noticing smoke coming from the workshop, but due to the size of the fire was unable to extinguish it safely. His quick thinking then alerted other school staff and students of the potential dangers allowing them to safely evacuate from the area.

The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental by the Tasmania Fire Service. Damage to the property is estimated to be approximately $200,000.

Earlier in the day, at approximately 9:30 am, Hobart firefighters were called to attend a fire at a massage parlour in Wellington Walk Arcade, Hobart. Upon investigations, firefighters were confronted with a smoke filled first floor of the property.

The cause of the smoke was found to be from a towel which was left on top of a heater.
Tasmania Fire Service takes this opportunity to remind the public of the dangers of using heating devices for drying materials. Objects should not be placed on top of any heat source and clothing should be a minimum of two metres from a heater if being dried.

For further information, contact Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith.



Tasmania Fire Service

Sandy Bay House Fire

Date: 27 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Mark Suhr Phone: (03) 6230 8424

HOUSE FIRE DESTROYS SANDY BAY HOUSE

Sandy Bay Road, Lower Sandy Bay

At 2:20pm today Tasmania Fire Service responded to a house fire on Sandy Bay Road at Lower Sandy Bay.

Upon arrival crews found the 2-storey, 3 bedroom house, and a downstairs flat well alight. The occupant alerted TFS to the fire by calling Triple Zero.

Thick black smoke and fallen powerlines hampered firefighting operations and the house was destroyed, causing approximately $800,000.

Three crews attended the scene, and a crew remains on the scene extinguishing the fire and cleaning up. A fire watch crew will remain in place overnight while investigations are completed.

More information will be provided to the media tomorrow regarding the cause of the fire.



Tasmania Fire Service

New Trainee Firefighters complete first week of training

Date: 22 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

This week marks the beginning of a life-changing journey for Tasmania Fire Service's newest Firefighter Trainees.
Nine Trainees, aged between 22 and 40, have begun the first-class 15-week trainee development course.
"As usual we had a large number of applicants move through the competitive selection process. With over 360 applicants, we have selected the best and brightest for the nine sought after positions" said Chief Officer Chris Arnol.

"Our newest TFS members come from a broad range of backgrounds and occupations and bring with them many unique life skills and experiences which will stand them in good stead for their new careers as Firefighters.
"The recruitment of nine new Firefighters will further enhance the Tasmania Fire Service and our capability to serve the Tasmanian community," said Mr Arnol.

Some of the careers previously held by the trainees include zookeeping, firefighting in other states, roles in the legal profession, trades, sports science and customer service.
All trainees have been through a comprehensive selection process to determine their suitability for a career in firefighting including; integrity checks, physical, psychological, and aptitude testing.

Trainee Firefighters will participate in a high quality development program over the course of 15 weeks. They will obtain all necessary skills and knowledge to become valued members of a Tasmania Fire Service emergency response team, enabling them to assist the Tasmanian community in their time of need. The 15 week course is the beginning of a career of lifelong learning and continual training as a professional Firefighter with the Tasmania Fire Service.
The focus for the Trainees during the development course will be on diverse Tasmania Fire Service core business. This includes; responding to urban fires, bushfires, road crash rescue, first aid, hazmat as well as developing leadership skills.

The Trainee Firefighters will graduate on the 28 October 2016 beginning work at career stations at Hobart, Devonport and Burnie.



Tasmania Fire Service

Accidental House Fire Sparks Reminder

Date: 19 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Adam Meredith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Accidental House Fire Sparks Reminder

12 Narelle Place, CLAREMONT

At approximately 3.20pm on Monday 19 July Tasmania Fire Service were alerted to a report of a Structure Fire at Narelle Place, Claremont.

Upon arrival Glenorchy, Hobart and Claremont Brigade fire fighters were confronted with thick black smoke issuing from the rear of the single storey weatherboard Housing Tasmania owned property.

Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and extinguished the fire, containing it to the rear of the building.

Although the occupants were home at the time they were able to escape safely due to a working smoke alarm alerting them to the fire.

Damage to the property is estimated at $300,000 and the cause of the fire has been deemed as accidental due to combustible materials being left too close to a heater.

Station Officer Adam Meredith of Tasmania Fire Service said "Unfortunately, this is another common case where combustible materials have been left too close to a heater and have caught fire. We remind all home owners to be vigilant with fire safety in their homes, especially during these colder months.

"All combustible materials should be at least 2 metres from any heating source" Mr. Meredith said.

For more information contact Station Officer Adam Meredith, Tasmania Fire Service.



Tasmania Fire Service

Man Lucky to Escape Explosion

Date: 7 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 5.25pm on Thursday 6 July, Tasmania Fire Service was alerted to a report of an explosion at Fourth Avenue, Dodges Ferry.

Upon arrival, Dodges Ferry and Primrose Sands Brigade fire fighters were confronted with the severely damaged, smouldering remnants of a single story colour bond garage and its contents.

Upon further investigation, the male resident of the house was found with burns to his head and arms and was treated by firefighters and Ambulance Tasmania paramedics on site before being transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital for further treatment.

The force of the explosion resulted in pieces of the garage and its contents to be found several metres away.
Damage to the property is estimated to be $40,000 and the cause of the fire deemed as accidental due to a leaking LPG gas cylinder.

Station Officer Andrew Emery of the Tasmania Fire Service encourages the public to check the condition and storage of flammable material cylinders and containers at their property. "Explosions from leaking cylinders and containers of flammable materials can and do occur. It's important for members of the public to ensure that any type of gas cylinders and container holding flammable materials are stored in well ventilated areas, free from any defects and leaks and are shut off when not in use". Mr Emery said.

Further information on the safe storage of gas cylinders and other flammable materials can be obtained from the WorkSafe Tasmania website at www.worksafe.tasgov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Lucky escape in house fire

3 Jul 2016 - 00:00

Date: 3 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Early Sunday morning the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) were called to a house fire at Regent Street, Sandy Bay, as the result of a triple zero call from the residence.

Upon arrival the TFS found the roof and the side of the house including a vehicle parked in the driveway heavily involved in fire.

Four TFS appliances and 12 firefighters took approximately 2 hours to contain the fire. There was extensive fire damage to the entire property.

Occupants were awoken by 'a loud banging noise', and took the appropriate action by leaving the home and calling for assistance. Three residents sought refuge in the backyard to escape the fire and smoke.

One female resident was treated at the scene by Firefighters and Paramedics for smoke inhalation and suffered burns to her hands, she was transported to hospital for further treatment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police. Damage to the property is estimated to be approximately $450 000.

Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith said "This is one fortunate young woman. Had it not been for her quick acting housemate and the prompt response of the Fire Service, she may not have survived".

The important message here is for everyone to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. Only working smoke alarms will warn you of fire, at any time of the day or night, and give you and your family time to escape safely.



Tasmania Fire Service

Firefighters save another life

Date: 2 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer John Ling Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Firefighters saved the life of a young Glenorchy man

Firefighters entered a smoke filled unit and located a young man in a bedroom suffering smoke inhalation. Ambulance Officers arrived soon after the extrication and swiftly transported the occupant to Hospital for further treatment.

It was shortly after 10:00am this morning when the Tasmania Fire Service were alerted to this incident. Neighbours could hear a smoke alarm sounding and were concerned for the young man's welfare when their efforts of door knocking went unanswered. It was then that they decided to phone '000' to alert the Tasmania Fire Service.

The Glenorchy Fire crew arrived and soon discovered smoke inside the dwelling. Prompt investigations revealed the smoke alarm was activating as a result of food being left unattended on the stove. Once the sole occupant was extricated, firefighters then ventilated the unit and conducted an investigation in conjunction with Tasmania Police.

The fire was contained to the stove with damaged estimated at approximately $5000 in smoke damage.

Station Officer John Ling said "This is one fortunate young man. Had it not been for his quick acting neighbours and the prompt response of the Fire Service, he may not have survived". The important message here is for everyone to ensure they have working alarms in their homes. Thankfully the alarm saved the life of this young man this morning".



Tasmania Fire Service

High Rise Office Fire

Date: 15 May 2016 - 00:00 Contact: David Klug Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service crews were called to a Monitored Fire Alarm at 130 Collins Street Hobart at approximately 2:40 pm today.

Upon arrival crews from Hobart brigade found the 3rd level was full of thick black smoke.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus determined the location, and quickly extinguished the fire, which limited the amount of damage caused.

Damage was confined to the room where the fire started.

The fire was deemed accidental and was deemed to have started in wiring connected to a hot water cylinder.

Damage is estimated at approximately $5,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

End of Fire Permit Period for all Municipalities of Tasmania

Date: 5 Apr 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Chief Officer, Chris Arnol Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The 2015/16 fire permit period for Tasmania will cease at midnight on the 5th of April 2016, for all Tasmanian municipalities.

Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer, Chris Arnol said "The state is currently experiencing low to moderate fire danger ratings and there is no longer a need to continue formal oversight of fuel reduction burning. However, I really want to emphasise the value of people registering their burns voluntarily so our firefighters don't respond unnecessarily."

Whilst fire permits will no longer be required, property owners should be aware that any fire burning on their property is their responsibility and they should ensure the fire remains within their property boundaries.

People planning to conduct burns in the open are requested to register their intention to burn by calling the TFS free call number, 1800 000 699. "A simple phone call to register a burn will ensure a brigade is not called out to attend a fire that is safe and under control" Mr Arnol said.

People conducting burns should also consider neighbours with regard to smoke. Smoke from burn offs may be hazardous to people's health, can cause traffic hazards and may damage sensitive crops, including vineyards. The TFS encourages anyone planning a burn to consult with their neighbours and to consider smoke hazards.

Weather conditions have a significant influence on fire behaviour. People planning to conduct a fuel reduction burn must check the weather forecast for the area where they are conducting the burn, particularly over the subsequent days. This information is readily available from the Weather Bureau webpage.

For further information, please visit the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au and select Publications or phone free call 1800 000 699.