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1. House fire at Lorinna Release Date: 2020-05-26
2. House Fire - Shorewell Park Release Date: 2020-05-25
3. Accidental house fire at Scottsdale Release Date: 2020-05-19
4. House Fire in Mornington, Nilpena Street Release Date: 2020-05-14
5. Cause of House Fire - Rankins Road, Franklin Release Date: 2020-05-14
6. Update - house fire at Franklin Release Date: 2020-05-13
7. House Fire - Rankins Road, Franklin Release Date: 2020-05-13
8. Structure Fire - Lyell Highway, Hayes Release Date: 2020-05-10
9. Structure Fire - Waterfall Bay Road, Eaglehawk Neck Release Date: 2020-05-09
10. Invermay shed fire Release Date: 2020-05-06
11. Pipers Brook chimney fire Release Date: 2020-05-01
12. Permit Declaration for the Southern and Northern Municipalities Release Date: 2020-03-24
13. 13 new firefighters join the TFS ranks - strictly embargoed until 11:30am Release Date: 2020-02-14
14. New resource for students aims to build community resilience Release Date: 2019-11-08
15. Middleton's new fire station officially opens Release Date: 2018-12-14


Tasmania Fire Service

House fire at Lorinna

Date: 26 May 2020 - 00:00 Contact: State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire investigators have determined that a fire that caused minor damage to a house at Lorinna this morning started when a build-up of soot and other residue in the wood heater flue caught alight.
Fire crews from Railton, Sheffield, Mole Creek and Wilmot were called to the fire at the former Lorinna General Store just after 1:40 this morning after the occupants woke to a loud noise and alerted Tasmania Fire Service.
"Now is the time of year that people must ensure chimneys and heater flues are cleaned and maintained, before they are used more over the cooler months," said Fire Investigator Shayne Andrews.
"Smoke alarms should also be installed in every sleeping area, hallway and at the top of stairwells so everyone in the house can be alerted to fires in the home as early as possible," He said.
The damage is estimated at $10,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

House Fire - Shorewell Park

Date: 25 May 2020 - 00:00 Contact: State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire Investigators have been unable to determine the cause of a house fire that occurred last night just after 7.30pm at Townsend Place, Shorewell Park.
Crews from Burnie and Somerset Brigades accounted that on approach to Townsend Place flames were seen coming from the house. Fire Investigator Shayne Andrews determined the cost of damage was between $10,000 - $15,000 due to the heat damage to the kitchen and smoke damage to the remainder of the home. Andrews said that "the quick action from the neighbours to call triple zero when seeing the fire assisted in preventing further damage to the house". There was no one at home at the time of the fire.



Tasmania Fire Service


Accidental house fire at Scottsdale

Date: 19 May 2020 - 00:00 Contact: State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A fire that caused $40,000 damage to a house in Scottsdale yesterday started when items were left on top of an electric stovetop caught alight after the stove was accidentally turned on before the residents left the house.
TFS crews were alerted to the fire at King Street just after 4:30pm yesterday after neighbours heard a smoke alarm activating. Firefighters from Scottsdale Volunteer Fire Brigade were able to limit the fire damage to the kitchen, with the rest of the house extensively damaged by smoke.
"This is an example of a fire that could have been avoided. Nothing should ever be left on top of stoves in case the stovetop has a fault or is accidentally turned on," said fire investigator Andrew Lancaster.
"In this instance, it's the working smoke alarm that saved the house from further damage, by alerting the neighbours to the fire, allowing them to quickly call the fire brigade.
"Now is an ideal time for people to test their smoke alarms, and ensure they are installed in every sleeping area, hallway and at the top of stairs.
"Smoke alarms give people the best chance of early detection of fires in the home," he said.
Further information on Home Fire Safety can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

House Fire in Mornington, Nilpena Street

Date: 14 May 2020 - 00:00 Contact: State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service crews from Hobart are responding to a house fire in Mornington at Nilpena Street. The Fire Service were notified at close to 2pm this afternoon, crews have confirmed seeing fire when approaching Nilpena Street and three crews remain there at this time and firefighters have made access to the structure. Further information to follow when available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Cause of House Fire - Rankins Road, Franklin

Date: 14 May 2020 - 00:00 Contact: State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A fire which destroyed a house at Rankins Road, Franklin yesterday started when clothing and other flammable items that were too close to a wood heater caught alight.
Crews from Huonville and Franklin attended the fire just after 1:30pm yesterday to find the double storey, two-bedroom house which was constructed of recycled timber, well alight. It took almost 12 hours to completely extinguish due to the building collapse.
"As we draw closer to winter and Tasmanians turn to heating our homes, it is vital for the community to remember that flammable items must never be placed any closer than two metres from any heat source, including wood heaters, radiant heaters and open fire places," said Regional Fire Investigator, Station Officer Adam Doran.
"Now is also a good time to ensure chimneys and flues have had proper maintenance and that working smoke alarms are installed in every sleeping area and hallway."
No one was home at the time of the fire and the damage is estimated to be $200,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Update - house fire at Franklin

Date: 13 May 2020 - 00:00 Contact: State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire has completely destroyed a fire at Rankins Road, Franklin this afternoon.

Tasmania Fire Service crews were called to the fire just after 1:30pm to find the house well alight. The fire is still being extinguished and this is expected to continue for some time.

The cause of the fire is not yet known and will be investigated tomorrow. A fire watch will be in place overnight.



Tasmania Fire Service

House Fire - Rankins Road, Franklin

Date: 13 May 2020 - 00:00 Contact: State Operations Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service crews are extinguishing a house fire on Rankins Road, Franklin.
Crews were alerted to the fire close to 1.30pm this afternoon with crews from both Huonville and Franklin attending. Investigations will take place to identify the damage and cause of the fire later today.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Lyell Highway, Hayes

A fire that destroyed a house on the Lyell Highway at Hayes last night was caused by a build-up of birds nests in a wall cavity near a wood heater flue.
Crews from New Norfolk and Magra were called to the fire just after 6pm to find the roofspace fully engulfed in flames.The owners of the property were alerted to the fire by their dogs barking and were able to escape unharmed before calling triple zero.

"At this time of year, TFS encourages property owners to conduct maintenance on their chimneys and flues, and this includes checking the area under the eaves and in the roofspace to ensure there is nothing flammable that can catch alight," said Regional Fire Investigator Station Officer Adam Doran.

The brick cottage style two bedroom house had working smoke alarms and the damaged is estimated to be $300,000.

Date: 10 May 2020 - 00:00 Contact: Regional Fire Investigator Adam Doran Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Waterfall Bay Road, Eaglehawk Neck

Date: 9 May 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service responded to a Structure Fire at Waterfall Bay Road, Eaglehawk Neck shortly after 3:00am Saturday morning (9/5/2020).

Volunteer crews from Eaglehawk Neck, Koonya, Nubeena and Port Arthur arrived to find the building fully engulfed. Fortunately, the residents had been alerted by a working smoke alarm and were able to evacuate their home safely and call triple zero.

Crews worked hard to bring the fire under control before fully extinguishing the structure. A formal fire investigation was conducted and the cause of the fire was deemed to be accidental. The estimated damage is around $450,000.

As winter approaches, this is a timely reminder that only working smoke alarms save lives.



Tasmania Fire Service

Invermay shed fire

Date: 6 May 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews from Launceston Fire Brigade responded to a fire that destroyed a garage on Taylor Street at Invermay just before 6pm last night.

The two attending crews worked quickly to extinguish the weatherboard garage to prevent it from spreading to a nearby house. No one was injured in the incident.

A fire investigation was conducted and the cause of the fire was unable to be determined.

The estimate of damage is around $20,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Pipers Brook chimney fire

Date: 1 May 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 6173 2424 Email: media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service responded to a fire at Bridport Road, Pipers Brook last night after a chimney flue caught alight shortly after 8:15pm.

The residents were safely out of the home when volunteer crews arrived.

Firefighters quickly worked to extinguish the fire and used a thermal image camera to ensure the roof space was safe.

The chimney flue had not been cleaned or serviced before the fireplace was used this season.

Each year Tasmania Fire Service responds to more than 350 house fires, and home heating is the second most likely cause behind cooking.

This is a timely reminder for residents to ensure their chimneys and heating flues are regularly cleaned and maintained and that working smoke alarms are in all bedrooms, living areas, hallways and at the top of stairs.



Tasmania Fire Service

No permit requirements have been declared

A fire permit can be obtained by free calling 1800 000 699

Landowners in other municipalities are encouraged to register their burns by freecalling 1800 000 699 to avoid unnecessary brigade responses.

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Tasmania Fire Service

13 new firefighters join the TFS ranks

Date: 14 Feb 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Trainee Firefighter Development Program 2/2020 graduated today with 13 new Firefighters joining the ranks of Tasmania Fire Service.

"Graduating today are our newest firefighters who have been preparing for their new roles for the past 16 weeks," said Station Officer Adam Doran, Trainee Firefighter Development Program Manager.

"The 11 men and two women have worked hard throughout this course and formed a strong and cohesive team - a necessary part of preparing for station life.

Among the graduating firefighters is Simon Dawkins who achieved the award of Dux.

"Dux of the course, Simon Dawkins, has joined TFS after a career as an auto electrician and is from Penguin on the North West. He was deemed to be the most proficient Trainee Firefighter, based on theoretical knowledge and practical application, as well as demonstrating strong personal values that align with the expectations of a Tasmania Fire Service firefighter.

Of the 13 new firefighters, six will be stationed at Hobart; five at Launceston, one at Burnie and one at Devonport.

"I welcome these firefighters to the ranks of TFS. They are now ready to respond to call outs for all types of incidents," said Chief Officer Chris Arnol.

"Our training is designed to teach our firefighters a diverse range of skills and the knowledge they need to deliver the range of services TFS provides to the Tasmanian community.

"Recruit courses are filled with memories firefighters never forget and graduation is a milestone moment for those who have joined one of society's most trusted and respected professions," said Chief Officer Arnol.

The graduation of these trainees brings the total number of career firefighters in Tasmania to 334.



Tasmania Fire Service

New resource for students aims to build community resilience

Date: 8 Nov 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A resource aimed at teaching students how to prepare, respond and recover from the most common natural emergencies is now available in Tasmania.

Developed by the Tasmania Fire Service, Disaster Resilience Education Tasmania is an online teaching resource linked to the Australian Curriculum for students in years 5-8.

"Resilient communities assist emergency services during the response to an emergency because they have planned, they are prepared, and they know what they are going to do to help themselves," said Jeremy Smith, TFS Director Community Fire Safety.

"School children are a vulnerable section of our community and influencing their attitudes early will make them agents of change. DRET helps students understand how mitigation, planning and emergency drills can help them to be safer in a disaster emergency, and they also learn where to find Tasmanian flood, storm and bushfire emergency information

"People don't have to be a member of the emergency services to teach children and young people about disaster resilience, and this online resource equips teachers to do just that.

"The program is hosted on a website and is an easy to use, interactive teacher delivery package of five weekly lessons covering Tasmania's top three natural hazards of flood, storm and bushfire.

The Glen Huon community was most recently impacted by the summer bushfires that impacted the region, with many local families evacuating to the evacuation centre at Huon Valley PCYC.

"Glen Huon Primary School has been instrumental in the development of the resource, and now the project is finalised they have been using the resource in their classrooms for the past eight weeks. The recent bushfires came within one kilometre of the township, with some homes lost in the area. This means that many of the students have real life examples to draw on when working through the content of the resource.

"The students have already participated in a local project to plan a mural which demonstrate the region's bushfire risk," said Mr Smith.

The project has been funded through the Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program and has been a collaboration between the Tasmania Fire Service, other emergency services agencies, the Department of Education, parents and carers.

The resource is available at www.disasterresiliencetas.com.au.



Tasmania Fire Service

Middleton's new fire station officially opens

Date: 14 Dec 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: contact via media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

The new Middleton Fire Station will be officially opened today.

The new station is on the same site as the original station which was deliberately destroyed by fire in July last year.

TFS Deputy Chief Officer Bruce Byatt said TFS appreciated the patience of the community and the brigade's members while the re-build has been going through the planning and building process.

"The fire brigade has shown great resilience and patience while we have been working on providing them with a new fit-for-purpose station.

"The new station is over 70m2 larger than the old station and much more efficient in its layout. It includes an area for ventilation of clothing, space around the appliances for members to move around, and a training room.

"The loss of their original station was a trying and emotional time for members. We are very pleased to be opening their new facility today with more space and an improved design so the dedicated membership once again has a hub to work from and call their own.

"The brigade's response to incidents in the area was unaffected during this period, largely due to the generosity of a brigade member who housed two small fire trucks on his property, and an additional larger truck located at Woodbridge Station," he said.