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1. Structure Fire - Campbell Street Hobart Release Date: 2019-12-15
2. Structure Fire - Campbell Street Hobart Release Date: 2019-12-15
3. Structure Fire Bromley Street Bridgewater Release Date: 2019-12-14
4. McNeill's Road Swansea - Fire Update Release Date: 2019-12-09
5. Swansea Bushfire Community Meeting Release Date: 2019-12-07
6. Update on McNeills Rd fire Release Date: 2019-12-06
7. Structure Fire - Bilton Lodge Release Date: 2019-12-06
8. Bushfire McNeills Road - Swansea Release Date: 2019-12-05
9. Structure Fire Update - Stowport Road, Stowport Release Date: 2019-12-05
10. Structure Fire - Stowport Road, Stowport Release Date: 2019-12-05
11. Structure Fire - Calvert Crescent, Herdsmans Cove Release Date: 2019-12-04
12. Structure Fire - Second River Road, Karoola Release Date: 2019-12-03
13. Structure Fire - Tasmanian Health Services, Devonport Release Date: 2019-12-03
14. Structure Fire - Wise Court, Devonport Release Date: 2019-12-01
15. House Fire- Back River Rd, Magra Release Date: 2019-11-26
16. Re-issued: Bushfire season preparation Release Date: 2019-11-26
17. Bushfire season preparation Release Date: 2019-11-26
18. Vegetation Fires in the Central North Release Date: 2019-11-25
19. Fire update - Thursday 21 November Release Date: 2019-11-21
20. Structure Fire - Hollywood Street, Rosebery Release Date: 2019-11-20
21. Elevated fire danger tomorrow - total fire ban in north and south Release Date: 2019-11-20
22. New resource for students aims to build community resilience Release Date: 2019-11-08
23. Permit Declaration - State-wide Release Date: 2019-10-28
24. Total Fire Ban - Friday 4 January Release Date: 2019-01-03
25. Middleton's new fire station officially opens Release Date: 2018-12-14


Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Campbell Street Hobart

Date: 15 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

TIMELY EVACUATION for Residents of Hobart Apartments

Quick response by firefighters has resulted in a timely evacuation for the residents of a Hobart Apartment complex this morning.

Firefighters were called to the residential apartments on Campbell Street just before 4am and arrived to find thick black smoke on the ground floor, quickly spreading through the four-story building.

Firefighters from Hobart, Glenorchy and Clarence attended and were quickly able to rescue several residents trapped in their rooms by toxic smoke and move them to safety. A fire was located in a kitchen area and was quickly extinguished.

Senior Station Officer Matt Lowe said that had the building not had a working fire alarm system installed, and if not for the quick response and action by wardens and responding firefighters, the result could have been tragic. "When firefighters arrived, people were already starting to evacuate due to the fire alarm sounding, however many people were either trapped by smoke on upper levels or did not respond to the alarm sounding". Mr. Lowe said. "Firefighters quickly located and removed several people from the building and brought them to safety".

Fire investigators found that the fire was accidental having been caused by combustible materials being placed on a hotplate and the hotplate being inadvertently turned on.
Mr. Lowe warned the public about the dangers of placing things on stove-tops. "People should never place anything combustible on top of hot plates or other cooking appliances, whether they are in use or not. As has what happened in this case, appliances can easily be accidentally turned on and fires can quickly start".

"It's also a great example of how a working smoke alarm has helped in averting further property damage, and more importantly, kept the residents safe by alerting them to the fire. All property owners should ensure they have a working smoke alarm installed in their properties". Mr. Lowe said.

Ambulance Tasmania attended the scene and treated one person for smoke inhalation and another for an injury sustained during the evacuation.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Campbell Street Hobart

Date: 15 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews from Hobart and Glenorchy are responding to a Structure Fire in Campbell Street Hobart.

No further details at this stage but will be provided when more information is available.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire Bromley Street Bridgewater

Date: 14 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Three fire crews are responding to a shed fire that is going well.

Further details to follow when more information is available.



Tasmania Fire Service

McNeill's Road Swansea - Fire Update

Date: 9 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Andrew Emery - Public Information Officer Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews are continuing to work on bringing a bushfire burning approximately 1.5 kms from the township of Swansea under control.

Elevated temperatures today saw an increase in fire behaviour on some parts of the fire ground however this caused minimal concern for firefighters.

Although the fire is not yet contained, constructed containment lines and back burning have been successful so far in stopping the spread of the fire towards the township of Swansea.

Several aircraft and heavy machinery have been supporting Firefighters from Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania in battling the fire.

Smoke is expected to affect the townships of Swansea, Dolphin Sands, Cranbrook and the Lake Leake area over the coming days whilst the bark burning operations are completed.

The fire is currently at 'Advice' level however TFS reminds people they must remain vigilant as conditions can quickly change.

The fire, which started as a result of a lightning strike on 30 November has so far burnt approximately 3000 hectares.



Sustainable Timber Tasmania Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Date: 07/12/2019 11:06am

Contact: Paul Symington

Phone: (03) 6169 4340

Email: stateops.media@fire.tas.gov.au

Swansea Bushfire Community Meeting

Bushfire Information Session - 8th Dec

Tasmania Fire Agencies will be holding a Community Meeting, and a drop in information session regarding the current bushfire burning in the Swansea area.

Community Meeting:

When - Sunday 8 December

Time - 11am-12pm

Where - Swansea Town Hall

Information Drop In Session

When - Sunday 8 December

Time - 12pm - 5pm

Where - Swansea Town Hall



Tasmania Fire Service

Update on McNeills Rd fire

Date: 6 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire crews have been working throughout the day to contain the McNeills Road fire burning 2km west of Swansea.

Work is being undertaken by Tasmania Fire Service and Parks and Wildlife Service crews to construct containment lines around the edge of the 1200ha fire using machinery. Ground crews are being supported by water bombing and intelligence-gathering aircraft as conditions allow.

A Large Air Tanker was deployed from Victoria this morning to lay retardant on the western outskirts of Swansea.

"An options analysis determined a Large Air Tanker drop would be the most effective method for controlling the fire to protect the Swansea township," said Incident Controller Mark Klop.

"Due to strong winds the operation was suspended after the first drop and other methods continue to be used to protect Swansea.

Windy conditions are expected again tomorrow and similar strategies will be used to continue to get a handle on the fire. People in the areas of Swansea and Dolphin Sands should review their bushfire survival plans and be ready to enact them if conditions worsen.

A strike team from the south has been deployed today to assist with local resourcing and provide assistance with property protection on the urban interface if required. More strike teams will arrive tomorrow to assist local crews with suppression and backburning over the weekend.

"With the opening of the cray fishing season we are expecting a lot of additional people in the area this weekend who need to be aware of the conditions before they arrive," he said.

Residents and visitors to the area should report any spot fires or ember attack immediately.

People in the area are urged to only rely on official sources of information for updates on the fire, including the TFS website, ABC Local Radio and TFS personnel at planned drop in sessions. Warnings and advice will be updated when required.

Fire Investigators have confirmed the fire started as a result of a lightning strike.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Bilton Lodge

Date: 6 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

TFS crews are attending a minor fire at Bilton Lodge. The fire has been extinguished and an investigation will be conducted shortly.



Sustainable Timber Tasmania Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Bushfire McNeills Road - Swansea

Date: 5 Dec 2019 - 12:00am Contact: Paul Symington Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A bushfire which started near McNeills Road Swansea, continues to burn in rough and undulating country. The fire which is approximately 380 hectares, started on Saturday 30th November and continues to burn in an easterly direction towards the coast under moderate winds. As a result, Swansea and surrounding townships are likely to experience smoke over the next few days. An 'Advice' message is currently in place however people need to remain observant and keep up to date as conditions can change. People are asked to monitor the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au or listen to ABC Local Radio.

Firefighters and helicopters continue to extinguish hot spots where possible, however predicted wind speeds and turbulence may see aircraft grounded for extended periods. Increased fire activity in the area may be visible due to increased wind speeds. Firefighters are continuing to construct and strengthen containment lines as conditions allow.

People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan to manage the risks of smoky days. Advice is available from the Department of Health at https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/air/bushfire_smoke/, or the Asthma Foundation of Tasmanian https://www.asthmatas.org.au

If you have not already done so, now is the time to complete, or check, your bushfire survival plan. More information on bushfire survival plans can be found at the TFS website.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire Update - Stowport Road, Stowport

Date: 5 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Crews have arrived at the incident and found a small amount of rubber that was burning in a shed giving off alot of smoke



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Stowport Road, Stowport

Date: 5 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Three fire crews are responding to a shed fire that is going well.

Further details to follow when more information is available



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Calvert Crescent, Herdsmans Cove

Date: 4 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Three fire crews are in attendance at a house fire in Calvert Crescent, Herdsmans Cove.

Further details to follow when more information is available



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Second River Road, Karoola

Date: 3 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Three fire crews are in attendance at a large shed fire at Second River Road, Karoola.
Further details to follow when more information is available



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Tasmanian Health Services, Devonport

Date: 3 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Two fire crews are in attendance at a structure fire at the Tasmanian Health Services, Devonport.
Further details to follow when more information is available



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Wise Court, Devonport

Date: 1 Dec 2019 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Two fire crews are in attendance at a house fire in Wise Court
Further details to follow when more information is available



Tasmania Fire Service

House Fire- Back River Rd, Magra

Tasmania Fire Service crews from Magra and NewNorfolk attended a three bedroom house fire at 1am this morning to find it fully involved in fire.

Fortunately no one was home at the time, with the house sustaining around $300 000 damage.

Investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing in conjunction with Tasmania Police.

Date: 26 Nov 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Kier Wilson Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Re-issued: Bushfire season preparation

Date: 26 Nov 2019 - 00:00 Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Statement from TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol

  • TFS is trained, capable, well-resourced, and ready to respond to bushfires this season.
  • Career firefighter numbers are the highest they have been in 10 years.
  • Currently TFS has over 4000 frontline volunteers. At this time in the fire season, this not only provides capacity to deliver services within Tasmania, but also to support firefighting efforts interstate.
  • There are 111 TFS remote area career firefighters completing the training required to keep them safe around aircraft in remote areas this summer.
  • From 1 December, five aircraft will be stationed in Tasmania through our national sharing arrangements, two more in Tasmania by mid-December, and dozens more accessible from interstate when required. Aircraft are also available locally outside of these arrangements.
  • During the recent bushfires, TFS' incident control centre co-located at the Cambridge training facility was activated and functioned well. To ensure there is no disruption to training this bushfire season, purpose-built demountable classrooms are being installed at the Cambridge site as an overflow for training activities.
  • When dealing with multiple bushfires, career firefighters perform specialist roles away from the station, such as air operations and fire ground command. Overtime is used to backfill career brigades to maintain fire protection in urban areas.
  • As a state-wide fire service, TFS can move resources around the state where there is the greatest need. When there is more serious fire danger in a particular region, we can, and we will draw resources from other regions to increase firefighting capacity. It makes sense to place resources that would otherwise not be utilised to an area where there is a greater risk. While TFS didn't use this strategy during extreme fire danger in the south last week, it will continue to be standard practise this bushfire season.
  • During the peak of last Thursday's fire danger, almost all of the southern region's volunteer fire brigades had volunteers on standby at stations ready to respond to incidents in their area when we put the call out. We also had volunteers deployed to NSW and Queensland.
  • Last year's bushfire season gave us a real indication of how many volunteers are willing to give up their time to protect the community. Over 2000 volunteer firefighters responded to the bushfires, including the significant fires occurring out of their area. That figure does not include other volunteers who were offering to assist out-of-area but stayed in their communities to maintain a local response capability.


Tasmania Fire Service

Bushfire season preparation

Date: 26 Nov 2019 - 00:00 Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

TFS is trained, capable, well-resourced, and ready to respond to bushfires this season.

Career firefighter numbers are the highest they have been in 10 years.

Currently TFS has over 4000 frontline volunteers. At this time in the fire season, this not only provides capacity to deliver services within Tasmania, but also to support firefighting efforts interstate.

There are 111 TFS remote area career firefighters completing the training required to keep them safe around aircraft in remote areas this summer.

From 1 December, five aircraft will be stationed in Tasmania through our national sharing arrangements, with two more in Tasmania by mid-December, and dozens more accessible from interstate when required. Aircraft are also available locally outside of these arrangements.

During the recent bushfires, TFS' incident control centre co-located at the Cambridge training facility was activated and functioned well. To ensure there is no disruption to training this bushfire season, purpose-built demountable classrooms are being installed at the Cambridge site as an overflow for training activities.

When dealing with multiple bushfires, career firefighters perform specialist roles away from the station, such as air operations and fire ground command. Overtime is used to backfill career brigades to maintain fire protection in urban areas.

As a state-wide fire service, TFS can move resources around the state where there is the greatest need. When there is more serious fire danger in a particular region, we can, and we will draw resources from other regions to increase firefighting capacity. It makes sense to place resources that would otherwise not be utilised to an area where there is a greater risk. While TFS didn't use this strategy during extreme fire danger in the south last week, it will continue to be standard practise this bushfire season.

During the peak of last Thursday's fire danger, almost all of the southern region's volunteer fire brigades had volunteers on standby at stations ready to respond to incidents in their area when we put the call out. We also had volunteers deployed to NSW and Queensland.

Last year's bushfire season gave us a real indication of how many volunteers are willing to give up their time to protect the community. Over 2000 volunteer firefighters responded to the bushfires, including the significant fires occurring out of their area. That figure does not include other volunteers who were offering to assist out-of-area but stayed in their communities to maintain a local response capability.



Tasmania Fire Service

Vegetation Fires in the Central North

Date: 25 Nov 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Kier Wilson Phone: (03) 6169 4340 Email: stateopsmedia@fire.tas.gov.au

There are currently two bush fires burning in the central North of the state, one at Lefroy and the other at Stoney Head.

The bush fire at Stoney Head is on Defence Department Land which is approximately 194 hectares in size.

The fire was first reported on Saturday the 23rd of November at 6:45pm

Tasmania Fire Service crews are currently in attendance, the fire is contained and under control which will be placed in Patrol status this afternoon.

The bush fire at Lefroy is on Parks & Wildlife Service land at Douglas Road Lefroy which is approximately 193 hectares in size.

The fire was first reported on Saturday the 23rd of November at 4:47pm

Tasmania Fire Service & Parks & Wildlife Service crews are currently in attendance strengthening containment lines with machinery and back burning operations.

Due to the back burning operations increased smoke activity will be visible in the area this afternoon and into the evening.

Fire weather conditions are forecast to be favourable over the next couple of days therefore there is currently no immediate threat.

People in Bridport Rd between Back Creek Rd and Lefroy Rd should keep up to date by listening to ABC Local Radio or look at the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire update - Thursday 21 November

Date: 21 Nov 2019 - 00:00 Contact: StateOps.Media@fire.tas.gov.au Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmanians are reminded to remain vigilant this bushfire season as the fire danger ratings exceeded the forecast in parts of the state today.

"While the day is not over yet, the threat to the most populated parts of the state has eased, with no new bushfires starting today," said State Fire Controller Bruce Byatt.

"We would like to thank the community for their assistance by ensuring fires in the landscape were limited coming into today.

"TFS has kept a watching brief on today's conditions and had resources pre-positioned to deal with any new fires as quickly as possible. Volunteer firefighters from almost every brigade in the Hobart and East Coast districts answered the call and stood by at their stations at the peak of the fire danger and we thank them for their dedication to their communities.

"The East Coast and the Midlands reached a fire danger rating of Extreme which is the second highest rating on the scale.

"Extreme conditions make properties that aren't specifically constructed to withstand bushfire indefensible. Tasmanians should expect more days of extreme fire danger this bushfire season which is why every household in a bushfire prone area needs to have a bushfire survival plan.

"The plan should detail what they will do if a fire breaks out in their area, including whether they will stay and defend, or leave which is always the safest option. People who decide to stay should only do so if their properties are well prepared and able to be actively defended," Mr Byatt said.

Despite today's conditions, TFS had the capacity to send another 23 volunteers to Queensland today to assist the bushfire effort.

Conditions have eased in the South East and are expected to ease in other areas of the state into the evening.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Hollywood Street, Rosebery

Date: 20 Nov 2019 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Four fire crews have responded to a house fire which is well alight

Further details to follow when more information is available



Tasmania Fire Service

Elevated fire danger tomorrow - total fire ban in north and south

Date: 20 Nov 2019 - 00:00 Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for the 24 hours from 2am Thursday 21 November until 2am Friday 22 November for all municipalities in the south and north ahead of forecast dangerous fire weather conditions.

The declaration of a Total Fire Ban means that no fires can be lit in the open air, including incinerators, burn offs, campfires, fire pots and wood-fuelled barbecues.

The total fire ban will be in effect in the following municipalities:

South:

Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands and Tasman.

North:

Break O'Day, Dorset, George Town, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands, West Tamar and Flinders.

"Current weather predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology indicate Severe fire danger ratings for the south and south east, and Very High in other districts in the north and south, with strong winds, low humidity and high temperatures forecast," said Deputy Chief Officer Bruce Byatt.

"These are the most dangerous fire weather conditions forecast so far this bushfire season and any fires that start will be difficult to control.

"The bushfire situation interstate, particularly in New South Wales, has demonstrated the impact bushfires can have on communities and is a stark reminder about the dangers of fire and the importance of being prepared, and having a plan.

"Have a discussion with your family about what you will do if a bushfire threatens your home, and get to know the bushfire alert levels so you understand the warnings the fire service provides during an incident.

"Waiting for a bushfire to start in your area is too late to make a plan.

"Landowners with fires already burning or fires they have recently had on their property must ensure they are properly extinguished today.

"People can assist with the challenging conditions by promptly reporting fires to TFS by calling Triple Zero, preparing their properties, reviewing their bushfire survival plans and keeping up-to-date on changing conditions," Mr Byatt said.

Immediately reporting fires increases the likelihood that fires can be contained quickly.

For information on total fire bans and how to make a bushfire survival plan visit www.fire.tas.gov.au



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


Tasmania Fire Service

Total Fire Ban - Friday 4 January

Date: 3 Jan 2019 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for the 24 hours from 2am Friday 4th January 2019 until 2am Saturday 5 January 2019 for southern and northern region municipalities (except Flinders).

A total fire ban applies to all outdoor fire, including incinerators, burn-offs, campfires, fire pots and wood-fuelled barbecues.

This will affect the following municipalities:

North: Meander Valley, Tamar Valley, Break O'Day, Northen Midlands, George Town, Dorset, Launceston.

South: Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan-Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands, Tasman.

Current weather predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology indicate Very High into Severe fire danger ratings for several districts in the state for Friday 4 January.

The conditions are forecast to be windy and dry with temperatures in excess of 35 degrees in certain areas.

The declaration of a Total Fire Ban means that no fires can be lit in the open air.

Landowners with fires already burning or fires they have recently had on their property are required to make sure they are completely extinguished.

Some areas in the Southern and Northern Regions, particularly the South East, Upper Derwent Valley, and East Coast may see temperatures over 30 degrees and wind gusts up to 40km/h which will push fires rapidly making them dangerous and difficult to control.

"A number of the fires that occurred over the Christmas and New Year period proved very difficult to control. For fires that start on Friday with the conditions that are forecast it will be even worse," said Deputy Chief Officer, Bruce Byatt.

"It is vital that as a community we recognise the risks we face from bushfire, especially on days where the forecast fire danger will be challenging.

"People can assist with these challenges by promptly reporting fires via Triple Zero, preparing their properties, reviewing their bushfire survival plans and keeping up-to-date on changing conditions.

Tasmania Fire Service, in conjunction with Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania has instigated a heightened state of readiness during Friday including strategically placed firefighting strike teams and aircraft, pre-formed incident management teams as well as extra firefighting resources to be on standby to quickly deal with any outbreaks of fire.

Tasmania Fire Service urges the public to heed the Total Fire Ban in place and to report any fires immediately by calling triple zero (000). Immediate reporting increases the likelihood that the fire can be contained quickly.

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 or by listening to ABC Radio.



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.