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Media Releases

1. Information Update Release Date: 2016-02-05
2. Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) Release Date: 2016-01-26
3. Australia Day 2016 Media Release Release Date: 2016-01-26
4. Total Fire Ban - All of Tasmania Release Date: 2016-01-22
5. Declaration of Fire Permit period - now required in the whole of the state Release Date: 2015-11-11


Tasmania Forestry Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Information Update:

Please see attached Bushfire Information Update for the South West Fires - 5 February, 2016.

Date: 5 Feb 2016 - 12:00amContact: TFS Phone: 1800 000 699



Tasmania Fire Service

Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)

Date: 26 Jan 2016 - 00:00Contact: Media and Communications Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Three Tasmania Fire Service members awarded Australia Day Honours.

District Officer John Hazzlewood, Brigade Chief Colin Cunningham (Gretna Volunteer Fire Brigade) and Brigade Chief Fiona Tustian (Stowport/Natone Volunteer Fire Brigade) are recognised in this years Australia Day Honours for their outstanding service to the Tasmania Fire Service.

In offering congratulations to all recipients, Chief Officer Gavin Freeman said:

All recipients have received this Award for outstanding service and commitment to the Tasmania Fire Service and their respective communities.

The Australian Fire Service Medal is awarded for distinguished service by a member of an Australian Fire Service.

District Officer John Hazzlewood commenced his fire service career in 1979 when he joined the Launceston Fire Brigade as a recruit firefighter. John qualified by examination and practical assessment as a Station Officer in 1987 and was promoted to officer rank in 1988.

In 2000, John was successful in his promotion to District Officer and has served as District Officer in Launceston Fire Brigade, North East District, Learning & Development and currently oversees Planning and Capability for the North and North West regions.

John is an enthusiastic advocate of mentoring and development of his people and a passionate member of the Museum brigade and its work in preserving our history.

John since becoming District Officer has been a strong advocate for the continued development of consistent procedures across the state and since being asked to facilitate the Planning and Capability function for the North West region has provided strong and consistent leadership in shaping change in this area.

John has also been the key driver behind TFS participation in Ambulance Tasmania Early Access to Defibrillator Program, ensuring solid participation by brigades in this life saving initiative.

John received his National Medal in 1994 and his first clasp in 2005.

Brigade Chief Colin Cunningham joined the Gretna Volunteer Fire Brigade with the Tasmania Fire Service in 1987 commencing in the position of volunteer firefighter. In 1988 his fellow members demonstrated their confidence in his leadership by promoting him to Brigade Chief; a position he still holds today.

Brigades of the Upper Derwent Group of brigades elected Colin to the lead area co-coordinators position of Group Officer, Upper Derwent Group in 2000, a position he still holds today. Colin is also the areas Fire Permit Officer and was a volunteer representative on the Fire Area Management Committee from 1995 to 2013.

Colin is also the Junior and Cadet Coordinator for his brigade and is enthusiastic about the Junior/Cadet program.

Colin is a valued member of the Tasmanian Volunteer Fire Brigades Association (TVFBA) and occupies the position on Southern Branch President. He is a member of the State Executive and represents the Association on two major TFS committees; the Volunteer State Consultative Committee and the Volunteer Learning & Development Committee. Colin is an active member and is committed and dedicated in all areas he represents on the TVFBA.

Gretna and surrounding districts are fortunate to have Colins commitment, knowledge and leadership in this important emergency service.

Colin received the National Medal in 2005 and his first clasp in 2013.

Brigade Chief Fiona Tustian joined the Tasmania Fire Service Stowport/Natone Volunteer Fire Brigade in 1995. In 1999 Fiona was elected to the position of Third Officer and held that position until 2004 where she was then elected by members of the brigade to the position of Brigade Chief, a leadership position she maintains to this day.

Fiona is also the areas Fire Permit Officer as well as being an active member of the Tasmanian Volunteer Fire Brigades Association. Fiona is passionate about the position she also holds within the brigade as the Junior and Cadet Coordinator.

Fiona is an active member with all volunteer activities on the North West Coast and is well respected in all positions she holds and has been deployed to both operational incidents and other state level exercises both as a firefighter and logistics assistant on multiple occasions since 2012.

Fiona received her National Medal in 2012 and was awarded the Tasmania Fire Service Volunteer Medal in 2011.

Gavin Freeman AFSM
CHIEF OFFICER

25 January 2016



Tasmania Forestry Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Australia Day 2016 Media Release

Date: 26 Jan 2016 - 12:00amContact: Shannon Fox Phone: (03) 6230 8424

This Australia Day 2016, Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) urges the public to enjoy its celebrations responsibly.

The four-day Total Fire Ban remains in place across the state until midnight tonight. This ban is designed to prevent fire escaping from camp fires, backyard burnoffs and similar activities. Lighting fires on a day of Total Fire Ban is a serious offence, with heavy penalties.

Campers and other people cooking in the open must only use gas or electric barbecues or stoves or enclosed solid fuel ovens, that do not release sparks and flames into the open air, provided they are clear of flammable material for a distance of 3 metres, and with a source of water nearby.

There is no restriction on permitted fireworks, but you must abide by your fireworks permit conditions. No unpermitted fireworks are allowed.

Agricultural operations are not prohibited during this ban, nor are cutting and welding machines (or similar) used for commercial purposes and in the emergency restoration of critical infrastructure (including transport, communications, electricity, gas, water and sewerage) with risk mitigation measures in place and are not within 10 metres of flammable material, or where a hot work permit has been issued by the TFS. Operators are asked to take care with machinery which may cause sparks.

TFS Chief Officer Gavin Freeman urges everyone who lives in or near the bush to take responsibility for their safety, the safety of their families and their property by having a Bushfire Survival Plan. This plan should be discussed with household members and ready to implement if required.

Stay aware of fire conditions by checking the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au, by listening to your local ABC Emergency Broadcaster, and by keeping an eye out for fresh outbreaks in your area.

If you spot a new fire outbreak, or you are threatened by an existing fire, please contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.



Tasmania Fire Service

Total Fire Ban - All of Tasmania

Date: 22 Jan 2016 - 00:00Contact: . Phone: .

Total Fire Ban

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the whole of Tasmania from midnight tonight, Friday the 22nd of January 2016, until midnight on Tuesday the 26th of January 2016.

Due to the number of fires burning across the state and the current dry conditions, Tasmania Fire Service has taken the unprecedented step of declaring a four day total fire ban.

This ban is designed to prevent fire escapes from fires such as camp fires, back yard burning and other similar activities.

Campers and others who intend to cook in the open should plan to use gas or electric stoves. Operators of agricultural machinery used to harvest crops or slash grass are encouraged to take particular care, although these are not included in this ban.

Tasmania Fire service encourages everyone who lives in or near the bush to take responsibility for their safety, the safety of their families and their property by having a bushfire survival plan and be prepared to implement that plan if required.

Fire Permits:

a) All fire permits granted will cease to have effect for this period; and
b) No fire permits will be issued during this declaration; and
c) The occupier of land (in any part of the State to which this declaration relates) where a fire occurs during this declaration shall immediately after becoming aware of the fire:-
(i) Take diligent steps to extinguish the fire or to prevent it from spreading; and
(ii) Report the fire to Tasmania Fire Service by calling 000.

During the Total Fire Ban it is a criminal offence to:

a) Light a fire in the open air on any land for any purpose; and
b) Use machines or apparatus in the open air that may cause a fire.
The following are not subject to this declaration:
a) Fire used in fire suppression conducted by Tasmania Fire Service, Forestry Tasmania and Parks & Wildlife Service;
b) Gas stoves and gas or electric barbeques and enclosed solid fuel ovens that do not release sparks and flames into the open air provided they are clear of flammable material for a distance of 3 metres;
c) Cutting and welding machines or similar used for commercial purposes and in the emergency restoration of critical infrastructure including transport, communications, electricity, gas, water & sewerage with risk mitigation measures put in place and are not within 10m of flammable material, or where a hot work permit has been issued by the Tasmania Fire Service.
d) Fireworks on Australia Day that comply with the appropriate fireworks permit.

More information about total fire bans, other fire use restrictions and current fires is available on the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au



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