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1. Broadmarsh fire investigation complete Release Date: 2021-01-13
2. Tasmanians encouraged to make 5-minute bushfire plan Release Date: 2021-01-12
3. Severe fire dangers experienced for the first time this bushfire season Release Date: 2021-01-11
4. Tasmanians reminded of Total Fire Ban in South Release Date: 2021-01-11
5. TFS enact fire permit embargo for southern Tasmania over weekend Release Date: 2021-01-08
6. STRUCTURE FIRE - Garden Island Creek update Release Date: 2021-01-05
7. STRUCTURE FIRE Garden Island Creek Release Date: 2021-01-05
8. South Burnie house fire determined accidental Release Date: 2020-12-30
9. Deloraine unit fire caused by candle Release Date: 2020-12-29
10. Permit Declaration Statewide Release Date: 2020-12-08
11. 13 new firefighters join the TFS ranks - strictly embargoed until 11:30am Release Date: 2020-02-14
12. New resource for students aims to build community resilience Release Date: 2019-11-08


Tasmania Fire Service

Broadmarsh fire investigation complete

Date: 13 Jan 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Communications Phone: (03) 6173 2424 Email: media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service fire investigators have completed an investigation into a fire at Broadmarsh.
Electrical contractors replacing a condemned power pole used a small amount of explosives underground to excavate a rock near the pole in preparation for a replacement pole. The explosives were underground and not in contravention of the Total Fire Ban restrictions in place in Southern Tasmania at the time.
The cause of the fire was determined to be the fallen power pole which created sparks on impact, not the use of explosives.
TFS reminds people that on Total Fire Ban days, no ignition (including explosives) should be used in open air.

Acting Deputy Regional Chief South Phil Smith



Tasmania Fire Service

Tasmanians encouraged to make 5-minute bushfire plan

Date: 12 Jan 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Communications Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmanians have been thanked for their support following the total fire ban that was in place in the state's southern region until 2am today.

Acting Regional Chief Ian Bounds said that yesterday's severe and very high fire danger conditions were experienced for the first time this bushfire season.

"We are entering the seasonally high-risk bushfire period from now through to March with vegetation drying out significantly over the last few weeks," Mr Bounds said.

"Now is not the time to be complacent. The risk of bushfires will remain into the weeks and potentially months ahead until we see significant rainfall. Tasmanians need to remain vigilant, prepare their properties and ensure they have a bushfire survival plan."

TFS recommends all Tasmanians develop a 5-minute bushfire plan by visiting the TFS website.

More information on how to develop your 5-minute bushfire plan can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au .



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Severe fire dangers experienced for the first time this bushfire season

Date: 11 Jan 2021 - 12:00am Contact: FireComm Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Today, severe, and very high fire danger conditions were experienced for the first time this bushfire season.

Severe fire danger ratings were experienced this afternoon at Bushy Park and Hobart City and very high fire danger ratings across areas of southern Tasmania.

The threat of dry lightning storms continues into this evening with fire crews ready to respond to any new fires.

A Regional Operations Centre, Incident Management Team and Strike Teams were pre-positioned at Cambridge and New Norfolk, ready to respond to bushfires as they were detected.

Firefighters responded to bushfires at Catagunya Road, Ouse (16 hectares) and Andersons Road, Broadmarsh (6 hectares). Fire crews and aircraft were ready to respond which enabled the quick containment of these fires.

Regional Fire Controller Phil Smith said "Today we have been able to manage and suppress a couple of small bushfires with quick responses. The risk of bushfires remains into the weeks and months ahead. Tasmanians need to remain vigilant, prepare their properties and ensure they have a bushfire survival plan". TFS recommends all Tasmanians develop a 5-minute bushfire plan by visiting the TFS website.

Fire weather conditions are expected to abate late into Monday night, assisting firefighters to work to contain the fires burning today.

The public should monitor conditions and keep up to date by monitoring the TFS website www.fire.tas.gov.au and listening to ABC local radio.



Tasmania Fire Service

Tasmanians reminded of Total Fire Ban in South

Date: 11 Jan 2021 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Communications Phone: (03) 6173 2424 Email: media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

Tasmanians are reminded that Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for 12 municipalities in the southern region until 2am tomorrow.

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

The total fire ban is in force in the following municipalities:

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

No fires may be lit or allowed to remain alight in the open air from 2am Monday, 11 January 2021 until Tuesday, 12 January 2021.
"This is due to a significant warming event and the associated conditions of low humidity and increasing winds," Acting Regional Chief Ian Bounds said.

"This combination will present significant fire weather across the south of the State, in particular potential severe conditions for many areas of the Upper Derwent and South East for an extended period.

"Hot temperatures are expected today, pushing the fire danger rating to Severe in several districts," Mr Bounds said.

"Landowners who have recently had fires on their property must check them and ensure they are fully extinguished. For people camping particular attention should be given to campfires used in recent days to ensure no residual heat remains before leaving the site.

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

Immediately reporting fires increases the likelihood of fires being able to be contained quickly.

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 Local Radio.

Media please note:

Acting Regional Chief Ian Bounds will be available for interview at 2pm today at the TFS Headquarters. Audio will be recorded.



Tasmania Fire Service

TFS enact fire permit embargo for southern Tasmania over weekend

Date: 8 Jan 2021 - 00:00 Contact: Media and Communications Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Ahead of warming conditions forecasted over the weekend and with an expected peak on Monday, the TFS is enacting a Permit Embargo for southern Tasmania from 2am tomorrow (Saturday 9 January 2021).

The developing hot, dry conditions with strengthening winds forecast across the south of the state will increase the potential fire risk for many areas particularly the Upper Derwent, Midlands, Coal Valley, and southern parts of the East Coast which continue to experience below average rainfall and curing of vegetation, particularly grassland.

The Permit Embargo will remain in place until midnight Monday 11th of January at this stage.

"No permits will be issued through this period. Existing permits, or permit fires conducted over the last week are to be checked and fully extinguished where possible," Acting Southern Regional Chief Ian Bounds said.

"Registration of burning of vegetation under 1 cubic metre will also be discouraged and TFS urges the public to take additional care with fires in the open, or operation of equipment that may cause accidental ignition of vegetation during this period."

There are also campfire restrictions in place. For further information on these areas check the Parks & Wildlife Service site.

"TFS is continuing to monitor the daily update reports from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and we ask people to stay aware and up to date of the situation as there may be other restrictions and notifications over the next two days as the forecast develops," Mr Bounds said.

If a fire does escape, call Triple Zero (000) immediately so emergency services can respond and keep damage to a minimum.

Check with your local council for additional burning restrictions.

For information visit www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

STRUCTURE FIRE - Garden Island Creek update

Date: 5 Jan 2021 - 00:00 Contact: Media and Communications Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

The cause of the structure fire at Garden Island Creek in southern Tasmania overnight, has been deemed as accidental.

Investigations have determined that the fire started when an outdoor gas cooktop being used indoors was left unattended.

"Barbecues and grills designed for outside use should never be used inside because they need adequate ventilation to allow toxic fumes to escape," Tasmania Fire Service South West District Acting Station Officer Tim Holland said.

"Cooking that requires the use of solid fuel or gas should only be performed outside unless the appliance is specifically designed to be indoors."

Tasmania Fire Service crews from Cygnet, Deep Bay and Middleton attended the scene and extinguished the fire after the alarm was raised about 6.20pm last night.

The house was completely destroyed and damage is estimated at $500,000. The premises were insured.

Working smoke alarms were fitted to the residence.



Tasmania Fire Service

STRUCTURE FIRE - Garden Island Creek

Date: 5 Jan 2021 - 00:00 Contact: Media and Communications Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Investigations are continuing into a structure fire at Garden Island Creek in southern Tasmania overnight.

Shortly before 6:20pm, the resident awoke to smoke and flames in their house and contacted Triple Zero.

Tasmania Fire Service crews from Cygnet, Deep Bay and Middleton attended the scene and extinguished the fire.

The house was completely destroyed and damage is estimated at $500,000.

An adjoining unit on the property was not damaged by the fire.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined and fire investigators remain at the scene.



Tasmania Fire Service

South Burnie house fire determined accidental

Date: 30 Dec 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 6173 2424 Email: media@dpfem.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service fire investigators have determined a house fire in South Burnie this morning was accidental.

Around 6am fire crews from Burnie and Somerset responded to the fire on Devon Street.

Crews extinguished the fire which was contained to the front of the house. Damage is estimated at around $150,000.

All residents evacuated the house safely following activation of the smoke alarm.

Fire Scene Examiners have determined the fire was caused by a hotplate which was left on accidentally and another appliance next to it that ignited.



Tasmania Fire Service

Deloraine unit fire caused by candle

Date: 29 Dec 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media & Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service is reminding people of the dangers of placing lit candles near flammable items after a fire destroyed a unit in Deloraine last night.
Around 10.45pm emergency services were called to a unit on Grigg Street which was well alight.
Fire Crews from Deloraine and Westbury attended and extinguished the fire.
The property was destroyed, with damage estimated at around $200,000.
Tasmania Fire Service fire investigators determined the fire was accidentally lit, starting from a candle that had ignited curtains.
Tasmania Fire Service reminds anyone using candles in their home to always place them in a safe location away from anything flammable, and to always extinguish it if left unattended.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire permits are now required for the Whole State of Tasmania.

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.

fire-permit-declaration-20-21.PDF



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.