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Media Releases

1. Fire Permit Period Declared Statewide from the 15 December 2018 at 2am Release Date: 2018-12-15
2. Middleton's new fire station officially opens Release Date: 2018-12-14
3. Fire permits required state wide Release Date: 2018-12-13
4. Tasmanian firefighters return from Queensland Release Date: 2018-12-04
5. Boat fire investigation complete Release Date: 2018-11-30
6. Tasmanians to assist the Queensland bushfire effort Release Date: 2018-11-29
7. Mother and Son narrowly escape house fire in Turners Beach Release Date: 2018-11-16
8. Laundry business in Glenorchy damaged by fire. Release Date: 2018-11-15
9. Fire Permit embargo for the Southern Region Release Date: 2018-11-12
10. State Firefighter Championships Release Date: 2018-11-09
11. Structure Fire Ranelagh Release Date: 2018-11-03
12. Winds to persist, Very High Fire Danger to continue in some areas on Saturday Release Date: 2018-11-02
13. Bushfire-prone communities join Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods Program Release Date: 2018-11-02
14. Home in Elizabeth Town Destroyed by Fire Release Date: 2018-11-02
15. Increasing fire danger, with winds to increase Release Date: 2018-11-02
16. TFS attending house fire Avenue Road, Elizabeth Town Release Date: 2018-11-02
17. Very High Fire Danger forecast prompts fire permit embargo Release Date: 2018-11-01
18. Four bedroom house in Beulah destroyed by fire Release Date: 2018-10-30
19. Fuel reduction program burn protects tourist accommodation Release Date: 2018-10-30
20. Firefighting efforts continue at Gowrie Park bushfire Release Date: 2018-10-28
21. Vegetation Fire at Mount Roland Reserve - Gowrie Park Release Date: 2018-10-28
22. House destroyed by fire in Fentonbury in the Derwent Valley Release Date: 2018-10-24
23. Cause of Devonport unit fire under investigation Release Date: 2018-10-24
24. Fire permit period declared - southern region and parts of north and north west Release Date: 2018-10-23
25. House Fire New Norfolk Release Date: 2018-10-15
26. Man Rescued from Sandy Bay Release Date: 2018-10-12
27. TFS prepares for bushfire season with major state exercise this Sunday Release Date: 2018-10-10
28. TFS National Medal presentation Release Date: 2018-10-10
29. Antarctic expeditioners trained to provide emergency response Release Date: 2018-10-03
30. House fire, Premaydena Release Date: 2018-09-25
31. House destroyed by fire in Whitemore Release Date: 2018-09-24
32. Fire damages home in Lauderdale Release Date: 2018-09-21
33. Fire destroys home in Montumana Release Date: 2018-09-21
34. Montello house fire Release Date: 2018-09-10
35. Portable Gas Cooker Cause of Fire Release Date: 2018-09-08
36. Structure Fire - Vermont Court, Berridale Release Date: 2018-09-07
37. Fire at City Automotive, Mornington Release Date: 2018-09-06
38. Converted bus destroyed in overnight fire Release Date: 2018-08-30
39. Smoke causes evacuation of Coles supermarket Devonport Release Date: 2018-08-30
40. Fridge fire at a Devonport supermarket Release Date: 2018-08-30
41. Appointment of TFS Deputy Chief Officer Release Date: 2018-08-21
42. Quick action by staff help save a Claremont shop Release Date: 2018-08-21
43. Fire severely damages the Colebrook shop Release Date: 2018-08-08
44. Pilgrim Coffee fire deemed accidental Release Date: 2018-08-07
45. STRUCTURE FIRE - Pilgrim Coffee, Argyle Street Hobart Release Date: 2018-08-07
46. House fire overnight - Carnegie Street Claremont Release Date: 2018-07-12
47. Tasmanias firefighters recommending a smoke alarm in every bedroom Release Date: 2018-07-04
48. Ben Lomond fire cause accidental Release Date: 2018-05-18
49. Discarded cigarette ignites bin and house Release Date: 2018-05-08
50. Large fuel reduction burn at Orford this week Release Date: 2018-04-17
51. Mt Lloyd house fire sparks safety warning Release Date: 2018-04-16
52. Boat fire investigation complete Release Date: 2018-04-13
53. Structure and Caravan Fire - Lutana Release Date: 2018-04-12
54. Local fire brigades save house Release Date: 2018-04-10
55. Man seriously injured in house fire Release Date: 2018-04-09
56. BOAT FIRE LINDISFARNE Release Date: 2018-04-07
57. Fire damages home in Kings Meadows Release Date: 2018-04-04
58. Tasmanian firefighters to provide assistance in Victoria Release Date: 2018-03-29
59. Bridgewater and Glenorchy youth become firefighters for a day Release Date: 2018-03-29
60. Shed destroyed in Lutana Release Date: 2018-03-26
61. TFS promotes first woman to the rank of Station Officer Release Date: 2018-03-25
62. STRUCTURE FIRE - Bronte Park Release Date: 2018-03-25
63. Fire destroys home in Richmond Release Date: 2018-02-19
64. Permit embargo for the Southern Region Release Date: 2018-02-13
65. Fire destroys house in Cooee Release Date: 2018-02-08
66. STRUCTURE FIRE - Staverton Road, Claude Road Release Date: 2018-02-01
67. Structure Fire - Chigwell Release Date: 2018-01-28
68. Fire Crews Work Hard to Contain Fires Over Australia Day Long Weekend Release Date: 2018-01-28
69. Weather Heats Up, State-Wide Fires Update Release Date: 2018-01-28
70. Quick responses to fires keep damage to a minimum Release Date: 2018-01-27
71. TFS crews working hard to control fires Release Date: 2018-01-27
72. Total Fire Ban in the south on Sunday + general advice Release Date: 2018-01-25
73. Bushfire at Rocherlea Release Date: 2018-01-22
74. Community vigilance and rapid response prevents any major fires Release Date: 2018-01-19
75. Total Fire Ban to Continue for Friday 19 January Release Date: 2018-01-18
76. Statewide fire update as at 10.30am 18 January 2018 Release Date: 2018-01-18
77. Declaration of Total Fire Ban - Thursday 18 January 2018 Release Date: 2018-01-17
78. Total Fire Ban Being Considered for Thursday 18 January Release Date: 2018-01-16
79. Fire at Maharaja Restaurant in Bathurst Street Hobart Release Date: 2018-01-16
80. Firefighting aircraft for summer Release Date: 2018-01-10
81. Total Fire Ban to Continue until Midnight Release Date: 2018-01-06
82. State-Wide Afternoon Fire Update Release Date: 2018-01-06
83. State-Wide Fire Update Release Date: 2018-01-06
84. Total Fire Ban for Saturday 6th January 2018 for numerous municipalities Release Date: 2018-01-05
85. Reminder about burning without a permit Release Date: 2017-12-20
86. Fire destroys shed in Moriarty Release Date: 2017-12-18
87. Shed and contents destroyed, Beauty Point Release Date: 2017-12-15
88. Fire at Beauty Point Release Date: 2017-12-15
89. Fire at Tempco, Bell Bay Release Date: 2017-12-11
90. Christmas lights cause house fire. Release Date: 2017-12-07
91. George Town and Bell Bay Volunteer Fire Brigades officially merge Release Date: 2017-12-01
92. Fire permits required statewide from Friday 1st Decemeber 2017 Release Date: 2017-11-30
93. Extension of Fire Permit Period Northern Region Release Date: 2017-11-14
94. State Firefighter Championships Release Date: 2017-11-10
95. TFS tribute to Roger Corbin Release Date: 2017-11-09
96. Fire at Pedro's Fish Takeway - Ulverstone Release Date: 2017-11-09
97. 15 new firefighters join the ranks of the Tasmania Fire Service Release Date: 2017-11-02
98. St. Helens fire currently contained Release Date: 2017-10-31
99. Fire crews use favourable conditions to gain upper hand on St Helens bushfire Release Date: 2017-10-30
100. Media Info ONLY Release Date: 2017-10-27
101. Interstate Air Tanker Deployed to St Helens Release Date: 2017-10-27
102. Fire Service praises its firefighters ahead of tough weekend. Release Date: 2017-10-26
103. Community Meetings - St Helens Bushfire Release Date: 2017-10-26
104. Bushfire danger to increase with east coast communities on Friday and Saturday, TFS implementing aggressive strategies to protect communities Release Date: 2017-10-25
105. Re-issued: Declaration of Fire Permit Period - southern region and parts of northern region Release Date: 2017-10-24
106. Declaration of Fire Permit Period - southern region and parts of northern region Release Date: 2017-10-24
107. Statewide fire situation update 1330hrs Release Date: 2017-10-18
108. MESSAGE FOR BROADCAST - plea to property owners Release Date: 2017-10-18
109. Urban Fire Suppression Training - media opportunity Release Date: 2017-10-17
110. Tasmanians encouraged to get bushfire-ready Release Date: 2017-10-12
111. Arson Damages Pizza Shop Release Date: 2017-10-10
112. House fire - Charles Street Release Date: 2017-09-29
113. Ship Fire Release Date: 2017-09-19
114. MEDIA OPPORTUNITY - BUSHFIRE SEASON BRIEFINGS COMMENCE Release Date: 2017-09-13
115. For information only - Training Exercise - University of Tasmania Release Date: 2017-09-11
116. 2017/18 Bushfire Season Outlook Release Date: 2017-09-05
117. Deputy Chief Officer Gavin Freeman Release Date: 2017-08-31
118. House fire in Pine Avenue deemed accidental Release Date: 2017-08-25
119. MEDIA ALERT - TFS personnel deployed to Canada arrive home Release Date: 2017-08-25
120. House fire in Pine Avenue, Kingston Release Date: 2017-08-25
121. Structure fire at Night Owl Take away Huonville Release Date: 2017-08-09
122. Advice message for Old Beach no longer current Release Date: 2017-07-26
123. Banjo's Bakery Fire Release Date: 2017-07-25
124. Roof Fire in New Town Residence Release Date: 2017-07-16
125. TIMBER YARD FIRE - Remount Road, Mowbray Release Date: 2017-07-12
126. CLOTHES DRYER FIRE - Mission Hill Road, Penguin Release Date: 2017-07-12
127. VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER SUSPENDED Release Date: 2017-07-11
128. Middleton Fire Brigade Release Date: 2017-07-11
129. Media opportunity - Urban Search and Rescue course Release Date: 2017-06-28
130. PROMPT ACTION SAVES ICONIC BATTERY POINT HOTEL Release Date: 2017-06-24
131. Liquid oxygen spill at Rosegarland Release Date: 2017-06-22
132. Fire damage home in Sandfly Release Date: 2017-06-21
133. HAZMAT Exercise at Cascade Brewery on Monday Release Date: 2017-06-15
134. Fire destroys cottage in Longford Release Date: 2017-06-09
135. Barton house fire accidental Release Date: 2017-06-08
136. House fire at Barton Release Date: 2017-06-07
137. Sandy Bay house fire Release Date: 2017-06-05
138. Chemical Spill on Boyer Road Release Date: 2017-06-02
139. Margate ship fire accidental Release Date: 2017-06-02
140. Fire fighters tackle ship blaze Release Date: 2017-06-01
141. Fire prompts a winter safety warning Release Date: 2017-05-23
142. Family escapes blaze Release Date: 2017-05-15
143. House fire sparks safety warning Release Date: 2017-05-08
144. Fire fighters investigate blaze at Bridgewater Release Date: 2017-05-08
145. TFS seeking feedback about fire permit system Release Date: 2017-05-08
146. TFS reflects on International Firefighters Day Release Date: 2017-05-04
147. Hobart district fire brigades training exercise Release Date: 2017-04-28
148. Acton Park home damaged in accidental fire Release Date: 2017-04-27
149. Residential Structure Fire Release Date: 2017-04-26
150. Accidental fire destroys Sandy Bay home Release Date: 2017-04-24
151. Child Saves Family from House Fire Release Date: 2017-04-09
152. Smoke in the north and north-east of Tasmania Release Date: 2017-04-07
153. End of fire permit period statewide Release Date: 2017-04-05


Tasmania Fire Service

Fire permits are now required for the following municipalities of Tasmania: Break O'Day, George Town, Northern Midlands, Dorset, Launceston, West Tamar, Flinders, Meander Valley, Burnie, Devonport, Latrobe, Central Coast, Kentish, Waratah-Wynyard, Circular Head, King Island, West Coast, Brighton, Derwent Valley, Hobart, Sorell, Central Highlands, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Huon Valley, Southern Midlands, Clarence, Glenorchy, Kingborough and Tasman.

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.

2018-tasmania-fire-permit-extension.pdf



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.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire permits required state wide

Date: 13 Dec 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The requirement for fire permits is being extended to cover all Tasmanian municipalities this Saturday at 2am.

"Forecasts for summer indicate warmer than average temperatures and while we have been receiving a fair amount of rain recently, which is great, it will likely lead to a build-up of finer fuels, especially grasses. These grasses when they dry out can ignite easily and spread a fire rapidly' said Deputy Chief Officer, Bruce Byatt

"The requirement for a permit is not intended to discourage landowners from undertaking vital bushfire hazard reduction. A fire permit provides the protections and conditions required to conduct burns as safely as possible when people do decide to burn off. It enables TFS to keep track of any fires and ensure we can respond appropriately to expected spikes in fire danger." Said Mr Byatt

TFS permit officers issue permits with clear conditions that will ensure any burn is conducted as safely as possible. The landowner is responsible for their burn, and permits offer a certain level of protection when landowners adhere to the fire permit's conditions.

Campfires and barbeques do not require a permit. However, people must remain in attendance at all times while any fires remain alight and ensure they are completely extinguished before leaving unattended.

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

Check with your local council for additional burning restrictions.

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

While the fire permit period is in place the following will apply:

People intending to light a fire for burning vegetation or a similar purpose must obtain a permit.
People intending to light a fire at a sawmill or factory for burning wood waste or other flammable material must obtain a permit.
People intending to light a fire for cooking, warmth or disposal or garden waste do not require a permit provided that:

The fire is not lit in peat, humus or marram grass

The fire is attended by a responsible adult at all times until it is extinguished.

All flammable material is removed at least three metres radius around the fire.

It is less than one cubic metre in size.

NOTE: Some Local Government authorities prohibit backyard burning in residential areas.

Permits are now required for fires in the following municipalities

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

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

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



Tasmania Fire Service

Tasmanian firefighters return from Queensland

Date: 4 Dec 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Abby Jacobson Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Tasmanian fire agency personnel sent to Queensland to assist the management of out of control fires will today return back to Tasmania.

The 53 people returning today are from Tasmania Fire Service, State Emergency Service and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. They were deployed to Queensland last week where they worked alongside crews from all over Australia to manage in excess of one hundred out of control fires.

TFS Deputy Chief Officer Bruce Byatt said the Tasmanian personnel were very well trained incident managers and firefighters, and their expertise and knowledge was warmly welcomed in Queensland.

"Our people have assisted in varied positions across Queensland and have worked under some challenging conditions, providing welcome relief for local crews," he said.

"Thank you to all our people who responded so quickly to the call for assistance, and for the support at every level to make this deployment a success.

"There is no doubt that everyone will have unique stories of their experience to share, and there will be opportunities for all of us, across the agencies, to learn."

The Tasmanian contingent was farewelled at Brisbane Airport by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Andrew Short this morning as an appreciation of their assistance.

A further 25 Tasmanian personnel left the state yesterday for Queensland. They are expected to return back to Tasmania over the weekend.



Tasmania Fire Service

Boat fire investigation complete

Date: 30 Nov 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Fire investigators have determined that a fire which destroyed a 12-metre fishing vessel off the coast of Port Arthur yesterday was most likely caused by an electrical fault or malfunction under wheelhouse.

The fire started on the boat at 5:30am and after unsuccessful attempts to access his fire extinguisher, the occupant jumped from the boat and swam approximately 2km to shore. He was then transported to a local hotel by passers-by and raised the alarm at about 8:30am.

"The boat was not installed with smoke alarms, and considering the boat owner had not long woken up when the fire started, he is very lucky to be alive and it is amazing that he wasn't injured," Fire Investigator Adam Doran said.

"We cannot emphasise strongly enough the importance of smoke alarms being installed in every sleeping area - this includes boats and caravans and anywhere else you sleep, even if it's just for a night. In this instance, the boat owner did have some of the necessary fire safety equipment on board but the absence of a smoke alarm means this could have ended with dire consequences if he was still asleep.

"You can't smell smoke when you are asleep, so you rely on your other senses, such as your hearing, to alert you when there is a fire. That is why smoke alarms are a non-negotiable element of fire safety in your home, boat or caravan," Mr Doran said.

The boat was towed to the Kettering Wharf last night where TFS fire crews attended to extinguish hotspots.



Tasmania Fire Service

Tasmanians to assist the Queensland bushfire effort

Date: 29 Nov 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: (03) 6173 2973

A contingent of 10 Tasmanians will fly to Brisbane today to assist the emergency response to Queensland's bushfire emergency.

The specialist fire personnel from Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service will leave on flights from Hobart, Launceston and Devonport this morning, and is the first of two deployments being sent from Tasmania to assist.

TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol said all ten specialised personnel will form Incident Management Teams managed by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

"The scale of the emergency Queensland is facing is difficult for many to comprehend. Emergency services personnel from right across Australia are stepping up to assist, and I commend the Tasmanians who have put their hand up to go," Mr Arnol said.

"The international community of firefighting sticks together when the going gets tough, and we are pleased to assist Queensland in any way we can, just as they would for us.

"The main task of our first deployment will be to form two Incident Management Teams and fill roles including incident control, operations, planning, logistics and fire behaviour analysis.

"An additional contingent of 42 firefighters will leave on Saturday to form strike teams to assists on the fireground.

"Queenslanders are showing remarkable strength in trying circumstances and we pass on our thoughts and best wishes to those affected, including our emergency services colleagues," Mr Arnol said.

Tasmania Fire Service will continue to assist Queensland with any further requests for additional deployments as required, to provide respite for Queensland staff and volunteers.



Tasmania Fire Service

Mother and Son narrowly escape house fire in Turners Beach

Date: 16 Nov 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

An elderly woman and her son have been lucky to escape from a fire that damaged their home overnight.

Crews from Forth Valley, Devonport and Ulverstone were alerted to the fire at Explorer Drive, Turners Beach around 3am today.

Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the roof above a spare bedroom of the home. Crews entered and were able to contain the fire to the room.

Ambulance treated the man and woman for minor injuries and smoke inhalation before transporting them to hospital.

"The man woke to find the spare room on fire." said Fire Investigator, Station Officer Shayne Andrews.

"He attempted to put out the fire but was unable to so he woke his mother and they escaped. Unfortunately the home did not have a working smoke alarm so this pair were lucky to not be more seriously injured."

"The TFS would like to remind the public that only working smoke alarms save lives, you should have one installed in every room where someone sleeps, even if only occasionally."

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.



Tasmania Fire Service

Laundry business in Glenorchy damaged by fire.

Date: 15 Nov 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A commercial laundry business in Chapel Street, Glenorchy has been badly damaged by fire.

Crews from Glenorchy, Hobart and Clarence responded to the fire at around 7.30 this morning.

On arrival firefighters entered the building and discovered a large amount of linen on fire. The fire was also rapidly spreading to the roof of the business.

The fire was bought quickly under control and there were no injuries reported.

A TFS fire investigator is currently on site to investigate the cause.

Further information will be released at the conclusion of the investigation.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Permit embargo for the Southern Region

Date: 12 Nov 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Due to forecast weather conditions, the Tasmania Fire Service will not be issuing fire permits in any southern region municipalities from this afternoon until Tuesday midnight. Any fire permits already issued for fires during that period are suspended as conditions will be outside prescriptions for safe burning.

"Very High Fire Danger ratings are expected on Tuesday for parts of the South which has prompted the Tasmania Fire Service to stop issuing any fire permits until midnight on Tuesday" Regional Chief Jeremy Smith said.

"The risk to the community of issuing permits to allow landowners to conduct burns on their property is too great under the expected conditions which include strong winds and no forecast rain.

"Every reasonable attempt must be made to extinguish fires that are currently burning and if they are unable to be extinguished they must be monitored at all times until the fire is completely out.

'We would also like people to reconsider the need to burn piles of vegetation of a cubic metre or less, which is usually allowed without a permit. In these conditions only one strong gust of wind could pose a risk," Mr Smith said.

People in areas currently not covered under permit requirements are discouraged from any burning in the open as the expected conditions may be experienced more broadly across the state.

The weather forecast will be monitored for any changes.

Members of the public with further questions about the permit embargo can phone 1800 000 699

Information about the weather forecast is available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

To report a fire, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

The municipalities affected by the permit embargo are:

South:

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



Tasmania Fire Service

State Firefighter Championships

Date: 9 Nov 2018 - 00:00 Contact: District Officer Brett Fazackerley Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The Tasmanian Fire Brigades Championships Association State Firefighter Championships kick off at Launceston's Invermay Park at 9.00am on Saturday 10th November. The Championships are being held at the venue for the 11th consecutive year and with a total of 27 teams in the senior and junior sections competing over two days, the competition events promise to be hotly contested.

TFS District Officer and Association President Brett Fazackerley said "the Championships provide a great opportunity for TFS members to practice their operational skills in a controlled, competitive environment in the lead-up to Tasmania's bushfire season. It allows members from neighbouring brigades as well as those from other regions to establish friendships in a somewhat social setting, strengthening the TFS social fabric.

All the events are designed to simulate a potential scenario that firefighters may encounter in an operational context, both urban and rural. Most of the equipment used is standard firefighting equipment that is used on a daily basis by TFS brigades. The Championships continue through Sunday 11th November and should conclude around 2.30pm.

Entry to the event is free and members of the public are encouraged to come along and watch the events and support the teams.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire Ranelagh

AT 0400hrs this morning the Tasmania Fire Service was called to a Structure Fire at the TASSAL Fish Hatchery Rookwood Road Ranelagh.

Crews from Huonville, Upper Huon, Franklin and Grove responded and on arrival commenced firefighting operations in an electrical switchboard room.

Due to the complexity of the fire and the live electrical system, power was isolated to the Ranelagh area for a short period in order to facilitate firefighting operations.

Quick firefighting actions by the responding Brigades ensued the fire was contained to the switchboard room of the hatchery limiting the fire damage to a switchboard in the main switchboard room.

The hatchery is part of TASSALS freshwater operations systems containing young fish.

Investigations conducted by the TFS Regional Fire Invesigator and Tech Safe have determined the cause to be a failed electrical conductor in the switchboard and an early estimate is in the vicinity of $400,000.

Date: 3 Nov 2018 - 00:00 Contact: District Officer Neil Brooksbank Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Sustainable Timber Tasmania Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Winds to persist, Very High Fire Danger to continue in some areas on Saturday

Date: 2 Nov 2018 - 12:00am Contact: Firecomm Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Parks and Willdlife Service continue to work on a 600hectare bushfire on Tasmania's east coast at Swanston.

Tasmania Fire Service Regional Fire Controller Greg Butters said, "rain on Friday morning has assisted firefighting efforts, with helicopters and ground crews being utilised to water bomb areas of the fire. The terrain is steep, rocky and very difficult to access".

Mr Butters said "with the large number of lightening strikes (8 to 10,000) that have occured over the last 24-hours there has been no new fire detections at this stage".

"The ongoing wind is of concern, with a severe weather warning in place and winds peaking on Saturday afternoon".

TFS reminds the community that the fire permit embargo continues to be in place until 6:00pm on Sunday night (4/11/18).

We are encouraging the public not to light new fires in landscape whilst we have these severe winds in the state.



Tasmania Fire Service

Bushfire-prone communities join Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods Program

Date: 2 Nov 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Twenty bushfire prone Tasmanian communities are gearing up to ensure they are bushfire-ready under the Tasmania Fire Service's Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods (BRN) Program.

TFS Director Community Fire Safety Sandra Whight said "the identified communities across the state had been selected to be part of the award winning community engagement program primarily due to their bushfire risk".

"Our community development team will work directly with these twenty communities for the next two years to understand their bushfire risk, work together to prepare for, and mitigate that risk, and build their capacity to respond and recover in the event of a bushfire in their area," Ms Whight said.

"This program really helps communities prepare. Independent research has found that households in communities that have already undertaken the program are significantly more prepared for the bushfire season.

"Community members will complete survival plans and engage in community development activities to build resilience and undertake mitigation. They will be much better equipped to deal with bushfires that do occur.

"There is no single 'silver bullet' when it comes to bushfire mitigation in Tasmania. The BRN Program is a significant part of a suite of activities that can assist communities to be better prepared for bushfire.

"The BRN program empowers individuals and communities to share the responsibility with fire agencies for being prepared for bushfire mitigation and response," Ms Whight said.

TFS will continue to work with the 38 communities across Tasmania who participated in the first two rounds of the program over the past five years.

Round two of the program reached over 4000 individuals through the delivery of 211 community development activities.

Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods Communities - Round 3 - 2018 to 2020

South

North

North West

Campania

Mountain River

Grove

Crabtree

Lucaston

Judbury

Liffey Valley

Greens Beach

Beechford

Lefroy

Derby

Mangana

Fingal

Gladstone

Ansons Bay

Marrawah

Granville Harbour

Zeehan

Squeaking Point
Reedy Marsh



Tasmania Fire Service

Home in Elizabeth Town Destroyed by Fire

Date: 2 Nov 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Adam Salter Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A 3 bedroom weatherboard home in Elizabeth Town has been destroyed by fire.

Tasmania Fire Service crews from Elizabeth Town, Westbury, Deloraine and Sassafras responded to the house fire at 10am this morning to find it fully involved in fire.

The owners were home at the time but no-one was injured.

Further information will be released once an investigation of the cause has taken place.



Sustainable Timber Tasmania Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Increasing fire danger, with winds to increase

Date: 2 Nov 2018 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton - Public Information Officer Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service are currently managing a large bushfire at Swanston, on the east coast (inland from Little Swanport).

Fire agencies are currently assessing and monitoring the fire with partner agencies and an appropriate strategy is being formulated.

There has been some rain in the area overnight, however winds are expected to pick up on Friday afternoon and into Saturday. A number of lightning strikes have also been detected across the state with fire agencies currently gaining intelligence in collaboration with the Bureau of Meterology.

A reminder that a fire permit embargo is in place until 6:00pm on Sunday 4th November.

Members of the public with further questions about the permit embargo can phone 1800 000 699.

Information about the weather forecast is available from the Bureau of Meteorology, www.bom.gov.au.

To report a fire, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Regional Fire Controller Greg Butters will be available at 2.00pm today at the Regional Operations Centre at Cambridge (1040 Cambridge Road).

The onsite contact at Cambridge is Public Information Officer, Peter Middleton. Please meet at Reception at 1:55pm.



Tasmania Fire Service

TFS attending house fire Avenue Road, Elizabeth Town

Date: 2 Nov 2018 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: (03) 6230 8424

TFS crews are on the scene of a house fire at Avenue Rd, Elizabeth Town.

Attending media are asked to make themselves known to the Incident Controller and obey their instruction.


Tasmania Fire Service

Very High Fire Danger forecast prompts fire permit embargo

Date: 1 Nov 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Due to forecast weather conditions, the Tasmania Fire Service will not be issuing fire permits in any southern or northern region municipalities from this afternoon until Sunday at 6pm. Any fire permits already issued for fires during that period are also revoked as conditions will be outside prescriptions for safe burning.

"Very High Fire Danger ratings are expected on Friday and Saturday for parts of the North and South which has prompted the Tasmania Fire Service to stop issuing any fire permits until the end of the weekend," Regional Chief Jeremy Smith said.

"The risk to the community of issuing permits to allow landowners to conduct burns on their property is too great under the expected conditions which include thunderstorms and strong, dry winds.

"Every reasonable attempt must be made to extinguish fires that are currently burning and if they are unable to be extinguished they must be monitored at all times until the fire is completely out.

'We would also like people to reconsider the need to burn piles of vegetation of a cubic metre or less, which is usually allowed without a permit. In these conditions only one strong gust of wind or nearby lightning strike could pose a risk," Mr Smith said.

People in areas currently not covered under permit requirements are discouraged from any burning in the open as the expected conditions may be experienced more broadly across the state.

The weather forecast will be monitored for any changes.

Members of the public with further questions about the permit embargo can phone 1800 000 699

Information about the weather forecast is available from the Bureau of Meteorology.

To report a fire, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

The municipalities affected by the permit embargo are:

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, Flinders



Tasmania Fire Service

Four bedroom house in Beulah destroyed by fire

Date: 30 Oct 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Adam Salter Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A four bedroom weatherboard home built in the 1800s at Daveys Road, Beulah, south of Devonport was destroyed by fire yesterday.

TFS was alerted to the fire at 3pm yesterday after the owner returned home to find the house alight. Fire crews from Beulah, Latrobe, Railton, Devonport and Sheffield arrived to find the house fully alight and starting to collapse.

The house was unoccupied when the fire started and no one was injured. Valuable artwork inside the house and a car parked outside were also destroyed.

An investigation into the cause of the $850,000 fire was completed but due to the extent of the damage the cause was unable to be determined.



Sustainable Timber Tasmania Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Fuel reduction program burn protects tourist accommodation

Date: 30 Oct 2018 - 12:00am Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

The work of Tasmania's fuel reduction program has successfully protected the Silver Ridge Retreat at Sheffield from being impacted by a bushfire over the weekend.

On Saturday, a bushfire started at Steers Road, Gowrie Park and spread into the Mt Roland Regional Reserve, burning through 29 hectares of the Parks and Wildlife managed reserve.

Three weeks ago Parks and Wildlife Service undertook a 118 hectare fuel reduction burn at Steers Road, Gowrie Park.

Parks and Wildlife Service fire duty officer and north-west fire management officer Eddie Staier said the escaped fire came within 700 metres of the Silver Ridge Retreat property on Saturday afternoon.

"Strong winds moved the fire toward the previous fuel reduction burn, which contained one of the fire's fronts which was moving towards the property and the village of Claude Road," said Mr Staier.

"This particular fuel reduction burn was planned as part of the regional program to provide asset protection for the very communities that were on the fire's edge over the weekend."

Parks and Wildlife Service state fire manager Paul Black said burn locations are selected by analysing the risk, and how reducing the fuels in specific locations will reduce the size and intensity of future bushfires.

"This is an excellent example of how strategically selecting priority areas for burning, based on bushfire risk and protection of critical assets, is effective in creating safer communities," said Mr Black.

The fire has now been contained within a safe burnt-out area. Parks and Wildlife Service fire crews will patrol the fires over the coming days.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police and is not related to the previous fuel reduction burn.

A bushfire in an area that has been treated by fuel reduction will be easier to control, making it safer for firefighters and causing less damage to communities and valued assets and this is what happened with this incident.



Sustainable Timber Tasmania Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Firefighting efforts continue at Gowrie Park bushfire

Date: 28 Oct 2018 - 12:00am Contact: Eddie Staier Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Back burning operations continue today at a bushfire burning in Mount Roland Regional Reserve, Gowrie Park.

Firefighting crews from Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, and Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) will work throughout the day to strengthen containment lines and continue back burning operations in order to bring the fire under control. Crews will be assisted by machinery including two dozers and a helicopter. As a result of today's actions, there may be increased smoke and fire activity in the area.

TFS Fire Investigators and Tasmania Police Forensic Officers will work together to determine the cause of the fire.

People are reminded that fire permits are now required in a number of municipal areas across the state and anyone intending to light a fire for burning vegetation or similar purpose must obtain a permit. For landowners outside these municipalities, TFS request you register the burn prior to lightning by telephoning freecall 1800 000 699. Further information on fire permits can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au

If there is any fire activity causing you concern please report it to TFS by calling triple zero (000). To keep up to date on fire activity please monitor the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au



Sustainable Timber Tasmania Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Vegetation Fire at Mount Roland Reserve - Gowrie Park

Date: 27 Oct 2018 - 12:00am Contact: Mark Brownrigg Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The vegetation fire at Mount Roland Regional Reserve, Gowrie Park will continue to produce smoke throughout the night. Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service, and Tasmaina Fire Service (TFS) crews worked throughout the day to establish containment lines and will continue tomorrow to extinguish the fire. If there is any fire activity causing you concern please report it to the TFS by calling triple zero (000). To keep up to date on fire activity please monitor the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

House destroyed by fire in Fentonbury in the Derwent Valley

Date: 24 Oct 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Regional Fire Investigation Officer Adam Doran Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A three bedroom weatherboard house at Ellendale Road Fentonbury was destroyed today after a mattress that was drying too close to a heater, fell over and caught fire.

"The occupants were working outside at their property when their dog, an Irish Wolfhound named Oregon, alerted them that their house was on fire by barking," said Regional Fire Investigator Adam Doran.

"It is important to remember that all flammable items must be two metres from a heater, and far enough away that they are still two metres away if they fall.

"Thankfully no one was inside the home at the time of the fire, and no one was injured.

The property owner alerted TFS by calling Triple Zero just after 11am and volunteer crews from Westerway, Ellendale, Magra and Gretna attended.



Tasmania Fire Service

Cause of Devonport unit fire under investigation

Date: 24 Oct 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Firecomm Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The cause of a fire in a unit at the rear Renny's Takeaway in Tasman Street today is under investigation by TFS fire investigators.

TFS was alerted to the fire in a unit at the back of the shop by the shop owner just before 3pm today when the shop started filling with smoke.

Two crews from Devonport and Latrobe attended to find the back of the unit on fire. The fire was extinguished within half an hour, with 70 per cent of the unit destroyed. The takeaway shop itself has not been impacted significantly by fire.

No one was in the unit at the time and the shop owner was able to evacuate safely. No one was injured.

More details will be provided once the cause is determined.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire permit period declared - southern region and parts of north and north west

Date: 23 Oct 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

As bushfire season approaches, Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) will this week declare a Fire Permit Period for all Southern, three Northern, and four North West Region municipalities.

TFS Deputy Chief Officer Bruce Byatt said an increase in escaped private hazard reduction burns over the past fortnight has prompted TFS to put measures in place to provide further protection for communities from bushfire.

"Around much of the state there is dry vegetation ready to burn and it's time to put the appropriate protections in place for people wishing to burn on their property. From this Thursday until the end of the bushfire season, people in the listed municipalities wishing to light a fire in the open will require a free permit from a local permit officer," Mr Byatt said.

TFS permit officers issue permits with clear conditions that will ensure any burn is conducted as safely as possible. The landowner is responsible for their burn, and permits offer a certain level of protection when landowners adhere to the fire permit's conditions.

"As we move into warmer and drier conditions, people need to be extremely careful using fire. The declaration of the fire permit period is not designed to discourage people from burning, but it is a way of reducing the likelihood of escaped fires because people will be burning when the conditions are right. Permits also allow TFS to monitor fires in the landscape during expected spikes in fire danger," Mr Byatt said.

Campfires and barbeques do not require a permit. However, people must remain in attendance at all times while any fires remain alight and ensure they are completely extinguished before leaving unattended.

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

Check with your local council for additional burning restrictions.

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

While the fire permit period is in place the following will apply:

People intending to light a fire for burning vegetation or a similar purpose must obtain a permit.
People intending to light a fire at a sawmill or factory for burning wood waste or other flammable material must obtain a permit.
People intending to light a fire for cooking, warmth or disposal or garden waste do not require a permit provided that:

  • o The fire is not lit in peat, humus or marram grass
  • o The fire is attended by a responsible adult at all times until it is extinguished.
  • o All flammable material is removed at least three metres radius around the fire
  • o It is less than one cubic metre in size

NOTE: Some Local Government authorities prohibit backyard burning in residential areas.

Permits are now required for fires in the following municipalities

South North North West

Brighton

Central Highlands

Clarence

Derwent Valley

Glamorgan/Spring Bay

Glenorchy

Hobart

Huon Valley

Kingborough

Sorell

Southern Midlands

Tasman

Break O'Day

Dorset

Flinders

Central Coast

Devonport

Kentish

Latrobe



Tasmania Fire Service

House Fire New Norfolk

Date: 15 Oct 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Adam Salter Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service crews from New Norfolk and Magra responded to a house fire in Charlotte St, New Norfolk, about 2am this morning. Upon arrival the crews were met with smoke coming from under the dwelling.
Firefighters entered the house using breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire that was burning in the wall cavity.
A 50 year old man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and transported to hospital by Ambulance Tasmania.
A fire investigation has been conducted and the fire has been determined as accidental with the damage estimated at $120,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Man Rescued from Sandy Bay

Date: 12 Oct 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Adam Salter Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The TFS was called to a Rescue at Nutgrove Beach at around 6:30pm last night to assist Ambulance with a man in his mid 50's was pinned by a rock.

The man was fishing off the rocks when he slipped and a large rock had pinned his right arm.

There was no danger of the man drowning as he was far enough away from the waters edge, however it took TFS crews 30 minutes to free the man using mini airbags.

TFS, Police and Ambulance crews then removed the man up a steep rocky incline to a waiting Ambulance.



Tasmania Fire Service

TFS prepares for bushfire season with major state exercise this Sunday

Date: 10 Oct 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer Royce Brougham Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service personnel from all over the state will participate in a large-scale exercise this Sunday to prepare for bushfire season.

Over 200 personnel will participate in practical firefighting exercises in Geilston Bay in the south, Acacia Hills in the North-West and Hadspen in the North.

These exercises will involve multiple fire crews. They will be deployed to staging areas, will conduct site assessments, and establish a strategy to protect people and properties from an advancing bushfire occurring on the -rural-urban interface.

"One of the best ways to test our readiness for response to multiple incidents is to exercise that scenario. A large exercise like this means the fire service can look at it operational performance at all levels, from a task, tactical and strategic command perspectives. It also gives us an opportunity to test our systems before we have to do things in anger," said TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol.

"Our regional operations centres will be set up to practice planning, public information and logistics, and firefighters will be out in the field running hose lines through properties and practicing our response to fires occurring on the rural-urban interface.

"In Australia, we must learn to live with bushfire, it is literally part of our landscape. A significant proportion of the Tasmanian population lives on the outskirts of cities which are regarded as 'rural-urban interface'. Geilston Bay, Acacia Hills and Hadspen are all typical examples of this. Geilston Bay is an example of a suburban area at significant risk of bushfire, and the scenario used for this exercise is based on a real incident that occurred in the area in 2006.

"We urge people living in communities surrounded by bush to understand their bushfire risk, prepare their properties by clearing around them now and have a bushfire survival plan written and practiced ahead of bushfire season," Mr Arnol said.

Members of the public are advised not to be alarmed by an increased emergency services presence in the Geilston Bay, Acacia Hills and Hadspen areas on Sunday. An information booth will be set up at the Geilston Bay Oval for people wanting to find out more information about activities in the south.

Information about preparing for bushfire season is available on www.fire.tas.gov.au.



Tasmania Fire Service

TFS National Medal presentation

Date: 10 Oct 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Tasmania Fire Service will recognise the long-standing achievements of 50 volunteer and two career firefighters from the southern region at a National Medal ceremony at the Tasmania Police Academy tonight.

Regional Chief Jeremy Smith said the ceremony is an opportunity to thank the people who have given so much.

"These firefighters have clocked up in excess of 1200 hours' service between them. It is an honour to formally recognise them for the years they have dedicated to protecting the Tasmania community," Mr Smith said.

Career firefighter, Senior Station Officer Andrew Skelly will receive his second national medal clasp for 35 years' service to Hobart Fire Brigade. SSO Skelly was 18 when he joined TFS in 1984, the youngest firefighter to have joined the career ranks at that time.

"I was motivated to join TFS from a young age as a teenager in the 70s and early 80s. My father was a volunteer firefighter and I have vivid memories of the air raid siren going off in our town to alert to brigade to an incident. I tagged along to my first fire at Broadmarsh when I was 16 and from then on I was hooked on making that my career.

"Being a firefighter means that on people's worst day, you need to be performing at your best. I am lucky enough to have the best job in the world, where I fulfil my desire to not only help the community in such a crucial way, but also to work with a team of dedicated people with a common goal," Mr Skelly said.

Jess Mulcahy will be recognised with 15 years' service to Rokeby Volunteer Fire Brigade where she serves as Third Officer. Jess has played a key role in revamping the region's juniors and cadets program.

"The work Jess is doing will ensure the next generation of TFS volunteers are skilled and motivated to serve their communities. The future of TFS volunteerism looks bright largely due to the dedication of volunteers like Jess who are passionate about learning and development," said Mr Smith.

The National Medal was established in 1975 as one of the original elements of the Australian system of honours and awards. The medal recognises diligent long service in an organisation that protect life and property at some risk to their members. Fifteen years' eligible service is necessary to qualify for the media. Clasps are available to each additional 10-year period.



Tasmania Fire Service

Antarctic expeditioners trained to provide emergency response

Date: 3 Oct 2018 - 00:00

Australian Antarctic expeditioners are training with the Tasmania Fire Service to prepare them to respond to potential emergencies in Antarctica.

The expeditioners, bound for Davis, Casey and Mawson research stations and sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island, will learn how to respond to fire-related emergencies in a course at the TFS Cambridge Training Facility over the next few weeks.

All course participants have a primary role on the station, and in addition, they are trained in firefighting to provide the base with an emergency response.

TFS training instructor, Station Officer Adam Doran, said the fire team will learn the latest firefighting and rescue techniques to be able to respond to incidents such as large building fires, vehicle fires, medical emergencies and those involving hazardous materials.

"The training we provide to the Antarctic crews will provide them with the skills and knowledge to be a fully functioning emergency response team on station.

"While we hope the crews won't have to use these skills while they are there, they will be as prepared as they can be, and gain an understanding of how to deal with fire and other emergencies in their unique environment," Mr Doran said.

Casey Station Leader, Chris MacMillian, said people don't expect fire to be an issue on the frozen continent.

"Antarctica is actually the driest continent on Earth, with most of the precipitation falling in the form of snow or ice crystals, and it can also be very windy with regular blizzards," Ms MacMillian said.

"Fighting fires under these conditions is challenging, so we get some intense training before we depart for our year on the continent."

All the station buildings are well equipped with fire extinguishers and hydrants, and a dedicated fire vehicle remains on permanent standby.

"We are essentially isolated for seven months of the year, relying on each other for fire and other emergency responses.

The relationship between the Australian Antarctic Division and Tasmania Fire Service spans 25 years, with AAD receiving emergency response training annually.

TasFire Training also conducts similar training for many high risk major industrial sites in Tasmania including Norske Skog, Nyrstar, Bell Bay Aluminium, Temco, Grange Resources mines at Port Latta and Savage River. The training allows these sites to have fully functioning Emergency Response Teams.



Tasmania Fire Service

House fire, Premaydena

Date: 25 Sep 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A vacant 3 bedroom house at 60 Coolstore Road in Premaydena was destroyed by fire last night.

Fire crews from Nubeena, Koonya and Eagle Hawk Neck were alerted to the fire around 8pm last night.

The crews arrived to find the house fully alight.

There was no one was living in the home at the time of the fire.

The fire investigation has been unable to determine the cause of the fire.

Damage is estimated at $350 000



Tasmania Fire Service

House destroyed by fire in Whitemore

Date: 24 Sep 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A man and his 12 year old daughter were lucky to escape from their burning home in Whitemore last night after heat from a chimney flue caused a fire in the roof above the living room where the girl was sleeping.

The man briefly left the living room, where his daughter was asleep and returned to find smoke and flames around the wood heater. They were able to escape the house and neighbours alerted the Tasmania Fire Service. When volunteer crews from Whitemore, Carrick, Westbury and Bracknell arrived just after 2am, the house was completely alight.

They treated the man and girl for smoke inhalation and the man for minor burns until paramedics arrived.

'The man and his daughter are very lucky to be alive' said Regional Fire Investigator, Anthony Goss.
'They were only alerted to the fire because of the noise of the fire spreading.' said Mr Goss.

'The TFS recommend that working smoke alarms should be installed in any room where people sleep even if it is only one night a year. Early warning from a smoke alarm is your best chance of escaping alive. The TFS also recommends that wood heater chimneys and flues are maintained by being inspected and cleaned at least twice year.'

The damage to the house is estimated at $120,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire damages home in Lauderdale

Date: 21 Sep 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Quick action by neighbours has prevented a home in Lauderdale from being destroyed by fire.

Crews from Lauderdale, Clarence and Rokeby were alerted to the fire in Bayview Road around 9pm last night.

When they arrived firefighters found that neighbours had all but extinguished the fire with a garden hose

Lauderdale Brigade Chief, Paul Baker commended the actions of the neighbours 'Their quick action has definitely saved the house from more extensive damage'.

Investigations have determined that the fire was accidental and caused by an electrical fault in junction under the house.

No one was injured at the incident and damage is estimated at $20,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire destroys home in Montumana

Date: 21 Sep 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A home in Montumana Road, Montumana has been completely destroyed by fire.

A woman and her children arrived home at around 3.45pm yesterday to find the property full of smoke. The woman called triple zero and waited outside with her children.

Fire crews from Montumana, Boat Harbour, Wynyard, and Stanley were responded to the fire. Unfortunately by the time crews arrived the home was fully engulfed in flames.

'The cause of this fire is accidental' said Fire Investigator, Station Officer Shayne Andrews. 'However due to the extensive damage to the house we have only been able to narrow down the area where the fire started to the bathroom/laundry area.'

The damage is estimated at $250,000



Tasmania Fire Service

Montello house fire

Date: 10 Sep 2018 - 00:00

A three bedroom house in Montello was destroyed by fire this afternoon after hot ashes were disposed of in a bin, resulting in the bin catching alight.

Four TFS crews responded to the fire in Margaret Street just before 1:30pm today. The house was fully alight when crews arrived, and firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to a neighbouring house.

"When cleaning out a wood heater it is important to ensure the coals are completely extinguished and cold, and don't dispose of them in a flammable container," said Acting Station Officer Shirley Berger.

There was no one home at the time of the fire.



Tasmania Fire Service

Portable Gas Cooker Cause of Fire

Upon investigation into the cause of the house fire at Vermont Court Berriedale, it was determined that a 2 burner gas cooktop and an 8.5KG gas cylinder were being used on top of the kitchen bench. A faulty hose connection at the back of a portable cooktop caused a gas leak which started the fire.

The resident received non-life threatening burns to the face and hands while trying to turn off the gas cylinder.

It is very important that non-approved portable gas appliances are not used inside residential properties, they must be fixed appliances with the gas cylinders external to the building at all times.

Date: 8 Sep 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Station Officer Peter Tavasz Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Vermont Court, Berridale

Date: 7 Sep 2018 - 00:00 Contact: SO Mark McCarthy Phone: (03) 6230 8424

On Friday night at 8:09pm, the Tasmania Fire Service received a number of triple zero calls reporting fire and explosions coming from a house in Vermont Court. Four TFS crews responded and arrived to find flames issuing from the top level of the house.

Fire crews managed to contain the fire to the top level of the house. One occupant was treated by Ambulance and transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital with burns.

An investigation will be conducted in the morning in conjunction with Police.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire at City Automotive, Mornington

Date: 6 Sep 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Station Officer Michael Netherton Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Hobart fire brigade responded last night to multiple fires involving cars and containers on fire at City Automotive, Cambridge Road.

Three crews were alerted to the fire at 11pm. "When we arrived we found a number of cars and shipping containers on fire" said Acting Station Officer Warren Frey. "The fires took some time to control due to difficulty in accessing water".

The cause of these fires will be investigated today.



Tasmania Fire Service

Converted bus destroyed in overnight fire

Date: 30 Aug 2018 - 00:00

Fire has destroyed a bus which was being used as a residence on a property in Browns Road Ranelagh last night.

The fire started when a small gas powered heater was knocked over and ignited the contents of the bus.

The only occupant, a man in his 60s, was awake at the time of the fire and after escaping the bus, sought help from people on a neighbouring property to alert emergency services. He was transported by ambulance to the Royal Hobart Hospital with burns to his face and hands.

"The man is very lucky to have escaped in time to receive medical treatment," said Station Officer Adam Doran.

"Heaters must not be within two metres of anything flammable and should be turned off in sleeping areas before you go to sleep - particularly in a confined space.

"Heaters are also available with cut-off switches which activate if heaters are knocked over, switching the appliance off to reduce fire risk.

"The TFS also recommends that all sleeping areas are fitted with a working smoke alarm. In this instance, the man was awake when the fire started and was able to escape,"

The Tasmania Fire Service recommends that 10-year lithium battery photoelectric smoke alarms are installed in all sleeping areas, including in caravans, boats and campervans.



Tasmania Fire Service

Smoke causes evacuation of Coles supermarket Devonport

Date: 30 Aug 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service received a triple zero call to smoke in Coles Supermarket Best St Devonport just before 10:00am this morning. Fast action by staff ensured the building was evacuated prior to the arrival of crews from Devonport and Latrobe fire brigades.

Firefighters found a strong smell of smoke at the rear of the store. The source of what caused the smoke was found within 10 minutes. A pet food fridge had suffered an electrical fault which caused the strong smell of smoke.

"It was pleasing to see how quickly the stores staff reacted to the smoke and moved customers out of harm's way" said Senior Station Officer, Gary Johnson

Damage, estimated at about $1500, was confined to the Pet Fridge.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fridge fire at a Devonport supermarket

Date: 30 Aug 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A fire in a petfood fridge has led to an evacuation of the Coles Supermarket in Best Street, Devonport.

Crews from Devonport and Latrobe were alerted to the incident at 10 am today.

When they arrived they found that the store had been safely evacuated. Investigations discovered that a small fire had started in the back of a display fridge.

No one was injured and the cause of the fire was accidental.



Tasmania Fire Service

Appointment of TFS Deputy Chief Officer

Date: 21 Aug 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Bruce Byatt AFSM has been appointed as Deputy Chief Officer of the Tasmania Fire Service.

Chief Officer Chris Arnol said Mr Byatt has a strong 40 year history in the firefighting industry.

"He comes to us from Victoria where he was the CFA's Deputy Chief Officer - Readiness and Response.

"He brings with him a wealth of leadership experience from senior positions at Fire and Rescue Services across the country with similar structures as TFS.

"He joins our leadership team during a period of significant change for our organisation with the review of the Fire Service Act, the integration of TFS and SES, and many significant internal projects.

"His skills and experience will be an invaluable asset," Mr Arnol said.

Mr Byatt said it was an honour and privilege to be selected for the Deputy Chief Officer role.

"Having moved around in recent years, I can say that TFS is known as a quality firefighting organisation and I am very excited to be living in Tasmania and part of this team," Mr Byatt said.

In addition to his most recent role with CFA, Mr Byatt's previous rank and roles include:

Deputy Chief Fire Officer - Assistant Director Operations (NTFRS)
Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Assistant Director Development and Strategy (NTFRS)
Chief Superintendent - Director of Training and Emergency Management (QFRS)
Chief Superintendent - Director Regional Operations (QFRS)
Superintendent - Manager Strategic Development (QFRS)
Interim Director - Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy



Tasmania Fire Service

Quick action by staff help save a Claremont shop

Date: 21 Aug 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Quick action by staff members has helped a business in Claremont avoid serious damage from a fire last night.

Tasmania Fire Service were called to a deep fryer on fire at the Chicken Barn at Claremont Village shopping complex at 7:40pm last night, crews from Glenorchy, Bridgewater and Claremont brigades arrived to find the premise full of smoke and a small fire in the deep fryer.

Tasmania Fire Service has commended the quick actions of staff.

"Before our arrival, staff members at the shop used fire blankets to all but extinguish the fire. The staff also moved themselves and patrons out of harms way by quickly evacuating the shop" Station Officer Andrew Emery said.

The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters. Damage was limited to the fryer.

"The TFS recommends that all kitchens should have suitable portable firefighting equipment such as a fire blanket or a dry powder extinguisher in case of fire.

Having this equipment nearby allowed the staff to limit the damage caused by the fire." Mr. Emery said.

The cause of the fire was accidental.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire severely damages the Colebrook shop

Date: 8 Aug 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Fire severely damages the Colebrook Shop

Last night at around 6.30pm the TFS was alerted to a fire at the Colebrook Shop in Colebrook Rd, Colebrook.

Crews from Colebrook, Campania and Richmond responded. On arrival they found the shop filled with smoke and fire in the roof of the building.

Firefighters quickly put out the blaze but not before the shop had sustained significant damage. There were no reports of injuries.

Regional Fire Investigator, Matt Lowe has deemed the fire accidental. 'The fire began in the freezer part of a fridge freezer. It appears there was an electrical fault in the freezer door control panel.'

Damage is estimated at $350,000



Tasmania Fire Service

Pilgrim Coffee fire deemed accidental

Date: 7 Aug 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The cause of a fire that damaged a Hobart coffee shop has been determined as accidental.

Fire crews were alerted to the fire at Pilgrim Coffee in Argyle Street, Hobart at 10.50 pm last night.

Firefighters evacuated 20 people from accommodation above the shop.

'Working smoke alarms have alerted the residents and given them valuable time to escape the fire.' said Regional Fire Investigator, Matt Lowe.

The TFS recommends that smoke alarms should be placed in sleeping areas, hallways and living areas.

'The fire which was caused by a mechanical or electrical fault in an under bench fridge was accidental.' said Mr Lowe

Damage is estimated at $500,000



Tasmania Fire Service

On Monday night at 10:51 PM a number of 000 calls were received to a report of smoke coming from the windows from Pilgrim Coffee at 48 Argyle Street, Hobart.
TFS crews responded and on arrival found black smoke coming from a two story building.

Crews quickly located a number of people above Pilgrim Coffee which was being used for accommodation.

Twenty people were evacuated from the 2nd story above the Coffee Shop.

Ambulance Tasmania attended and checked those that may have been effected by smoke inhalation.

There has been significant fire and smoke damage to Pilgrim Coffee and to the accommodation areas above the shop. The main fire has been contained to Pilgrim Coffee, with some surrounding businesses sustaining smoke damage.

TasNetworks have isolated power to the building. The cause of the fire is currently undetermined and further investigation will commence at first light.



Tasmania Fire Service

House fire overnight - Carnegie Street Claremont

Date: 12 Jul 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Leading Firefighter Matthew Pope Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A three bedroom house on Carnegie Street Claremont was significantly damaged by fire last night when a pot was left on a stove.

TFS crews arrived at 6:50pm last night to find the house well alight and focussed a search for residents of the house who neighbours believed had gone back in to retrieve their personal belongings. Thankfully the occupants were located safe in a neighbour's house down the street.

The two occupants, a man in his 70s and a lady in her 60s, were alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm located in the hallway. They were both treated on scene for minor smoke inhalation and transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital by Ambulance Tasmania.

Firefighters remained on scene overnight conducting a fire watch.

Fire Investigator Leading Firefighter Matthew Pope was on scene this morning and determined the fire cause.

"Thankfully the residents of this house had a working smoke alarm which alerted them to a fire which had started in the kitchen by a pot was left on the stove. The message for homeowners is to ensure you turn off the stove before you turn away, and never leave items on a stovetop.

"The residents went back into the home several times before the brigade's arrival to retrieve personal belongings. No belongings are worth risking your life for- in a house fire you must evacuate immediately and do not be tempted to risk your life and go back inside," said Mr Pope.



Tasmania Fire Service

Tasmania's firefighters recommending a smoke alarm in every bedroom

Date: 4 Jul 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: (03) 6173 2973

With winter upon us and the rate of house fires increasing as it gets colder, Tasmania Fire Service firefighters are urging people to ensure they have a smoke alarm installed in every sleeping area.

Nine fire trucks based at career fire stations around the state have become mobile billboards for lifesaving home fire safety messages. The billboards display:

Install a smoke alarm in every bedroom
Protect those you love
Working smoke alarms save lives

Most fatal house fires occur at night when people are sleeping and the absence of smoke alarms can increase the possibility of a house fire resulting in a fatality by 60%.

TFS recommends 10 year lithium battery photoelectric smoke alarms.

"Of the 100 house fires TFS crews have responded to since March this year, almost 80% of those were caused accidentally. We can't prevent all fires, so we need the community to give themselves the best chance of surviving a house fire by ensuring they have adequate smoke alarms in their home," said TFS Director Community Fire Safety Sandy Whight.

"Working smoke alarms can mean the difference between you and your family surviving a house fire or not.

"You can't smell smoke when you are asleep so your best chance of surviving a house fire is to rely on your other senses to wake you. If a fire starts in the bedroom it will be too late if the closest smoke alarm is in the hallway.

"The more smoke alarms you have in a house the quicker you will be alerted to a fire to allow the safe evacuation for you and your family to your one safe meeting place outside.

Help yourself, your family and Tasmania's emergency services by installing 10-year lithium battery photoelectric smoke alarms in every bedroom, hallway, living area and the top of stairs.

Tips for staying safe in your home this winter:

Ensure your family has a current and practised home fire escape plan
Inspect and clean your chimney flue annually by a qualified professional
Keep flammable items such as clothing on airers at least two metres from the heater
Ensure the lint filter in your clothes dryer is clean prior to each use
Run the clothes dryer through to the end of the cooling cycle

For more information about home fire safety visit www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Ben Lomond fire cause accidental

Date: 18 May 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The cause of a fire which destroyed the Ben Lomond Alpine Hotel and a Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service' shelter is believed to be accidental, most likely started by a fault within a cluster of batteries used to power communications equipment.

Fire crews from Blessington, Evandale, Ravenswood and White Hills were called to the scene at approximately 10:20pm on Tuesday evening and found the hotel and public shelter engulfed in flames.

Access to water and fire appliances having to negotiate the steep winding access roads slowed down the firefighting effort.

Regional Fire Investigator Andrew Emery said that the severe fire damage had impeded the fire investigation.

"In a structure that has burnt for a considerable amount of time, finding a definitive fire cause can be difficult. In this case however, we were able to narrow down where the fire started to an area near the centre of the hotel".

"It is in this area we believe that a fault occurred in batteries that powered some of the communications equipment on the mountain" Mr Emery said.

The cost of the fire is believed to be 1 million dollars.



Tasmania Fire Service

Discarded cigarette ignites bin and house

Date: 8 May 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer David Klug Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Just before 9am today TFS was alerted to a house verandah on fire on Argyle Street, Hobart via Triple Zero. Two crews from Hobart Fire Brigade attended.

The fire was caused by a cigarette being discarded in a rubbish bin on the street by a passer-by, which has then caught alight and spread to a bush, verandah and the eaves of the house.

"It is important to ensure cigarettes are completey butted out before they are put into a bin. Thankfully the damage to this house was kept to a minimum due to the quick arrival of firefighters and the assistance of people on the scene who attempted to extinguish the fire before the brigade's arrival," Station Officer David Klug said.

Damage is estimated to be between $5,000 and $10,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Large fuel reduction burn at Orford this week

Date: 17 Apr 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: (03) 6173 2973

One of the largest fuel reduction burns to be conducted under the Fuel Reduction Program by the Tasmania Fire Service will be lit up at Orford tomorrow.

The burn will be over 1600 hectares in size and will be conducted in the forested area to the north of Orford at Station Creek, on the northern side of the Prosser River.

"The Orford and Spring Beach areas have a significant bushfire history and a very high risk of bushfire. The absence of fire in recent years means that the fuel loads in the forested areas around Orford and Spring Beach have built up to further increase that risk," Fuel Reduction Program Coordinator Stuart King said.

"Undertaking this burn will result in reduced fuel loads in the forest adjacent to the most likely path of a bad bushfire, which will reduce the bushfire risk, and in turn increase the town's resilience in the event of a bushfire.

"Although the Orford area has a relatively low number of permanent residents, that number increases dramatically during bushfire season, particularly with visitors who would not necessarily be familiar with the local area. Reducing the bushfire risk in this area is a priority for the Fuel Reduction Program and this burn is one of several planned for the area in future years.

"Fuel reduction burns won't stop bushfires from happening, but they will make bushfires that do start easier to control. As the gateway to the East Coast, a bad bushfire in the Orford area during the summer months would have the potential to cause significant disruption to the tourism industry and put lives at risk," said Mr King.

The burn has been three years in the planning and the Tasmania Fire Service has engaged with local residents, the local Council and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the burn and its objectives.

Depending on the weather the burn will take up to a week to complete and crews will continue to monitor the burn site after the fire is extinguished.

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



Tasmania Fire Service

Mt Lloyd house fire sparks safety warning

Date: 16 Apr 2018 - 00:00

Firefighters from New Norfolk, Lachlan, Bushy Park and Magra were called to a house fire just after 11am yesterday at Mount Lloyd in the Derwent Valley. They were alerted to the fire by a Triple Zero call from the occupant and arrived to find the large house fully engulfed in fire.

The fire had also spread to an adjoining garage and several cars. Two women were able to evacuate the house with two babies before the fire took hold. One of the occupants was treated for smoke inhalation. The fire took approximately one hour to bring under control.

While firefighting efforts were challenging due to strong, gusty winds, fire crews were able to stop the fire spreading to several other outbuildings.

TFS and Tasmania Police investigators attended the scene this morning and determined the fire was caused by a mattress that had been placed too close to a wood heater and ignited.

"This is the second house fire in a week caused by items being left too close to a heater. Unfortunate events like this can be avoided by making sure all flammable items are kept two metres from any type of heater and open fires have a fire screen," Regional Fire Investigation Officer Andrew Emery said.

This latest fire comes after a shed and several cars were also destroyed in a fire early last week at Koonya which was also caused by flammable materials being placed too close to a heater.

The damage bill of the fire at Mount Lloyd fire is estimated to be $400,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Boat fire investigation complete

Date: 13 Apr 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath (media@dpfem.tas.gov.au) Phone: (03) 6173 2973

TFS fire investigators have completed the investigation into the fire which destroyed two boats at the Lindisfarne Motor Yacht Club last week. Due to extensive damage to the vessel where the fire started, the exact cause of the fire is unable to be determined.

"The vessel was severely damaged by both the fire and the fact it was submerged under water for a week. This has made it difficult to pinpoint the exact cause," Regional Fire Investigator Andrew Emery said.

"There are several potential causes in the area the fire started, but none of them are deliberate," he said.

During the inspection, marine engineers ascertained that the sunken boat's engine room was damaged by fire. This caused the boat to take on water and quickly sink.

Acting Deputy Chief Jeremy Smith said crews on the scene managed the difficult incident with skill, effectively using the resources available to them.

"When firefighters arrived at the incident they were confronted with an intense fire which had all but destroyed the two boats initially involved.

They quickly worked to try and limit further damage to other vessels and successfully protect neighbouring boats in the marina and the marina itself. The incident also attracted many onlookers who had the potential of being exposed to thick, black, toxic smoke and firefighters also worked to ensure their safety," Mr Smith said.

Crews on the scene worked with TasPorts to limit the environmental risk to the waterway from the spillage of diesel and other pollutants by containing it to one area of the marina. This was later cleaned up under the supervision of the Environmental Protection Authority.

Damage from the fire is estimated at $1.2million.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure and Caravan Fire - Lutana

Date: 12 Apr 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Val Ansett - Hobart Fire Brigade Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Last night at 10pm, the Tasmania Fire Service received numerous triple zero calls to a caravan on fire in Harlow St Lutana. Upon arrival Fire crews from Hobart and Glenorchy were confronted with a large caravan fully engulfed with flames spreading to surrounding vehicles, fences and the two storey house behind.

Firefighters quickly protected the endangered exposures and stopped the fire spreading any further inside the house. Two LPG cylinders attached to the caravan continued to burn into the night until they could be safely cooled and extinguished. The intense heat of the burning gas damaged two surrounding cars, a second caravan and neighbouring fences. The contents of the caravan and fibreglass construction added to the ferocity of the fire.

The immediate actions of the firefighters stopped the spread of the fire into the house, and saved the majority of the house and contents.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation with investigators arriving on scene at first light in the morning.

The cost of the damage has been estimated at approximately $60,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Local fire brigades save house

Date: 10 Apr 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Fire crews from Koonya, Nubeena and Eaglehawk Neck were alerted to a fire via triple zero at 6.55pm last night to a fire in Kelletts Road, Koonya

When they arrived they found a large 7 metre by 20 metre shed engulfed in flames. Prompt action by the brigades ensured that the flames did not spread to a nearby house on the property.

There were no reported injuries. The shed which contained 4 cars and a caravan was completely destroyed.

Regional Fire Investigator, Station Officer Andrew Emery praised the efforts of the brigade, "The quick action of the brigades in protecting the house from the flames has undoubtedly saved this house from burning down."

The fire was deemed accidental and was caused by a radiant heater being left on for an extended period. "The TFS advises that you should never leave a portable heater unattended and as the colder months close in remember to always have any items at least 2 metres from a heater." said Station Officer Emery.

The cost of the damage has been estimated at $120,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Man seriously injured in house fire

Date: 9 Apr 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Fire crews from Glenorchy and Hobart were alerted to a fire via Triple Zero at 11:40pm last night in Homer Avenue, West Moonah.

When they arrived they found flames coming from a front room of the house. A 45 year old man who was the occupant of the house was in the front yard and firefighters treated him for smoke inhalation and burns until ambulance crews arrived. The man was transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital by ambulance.

Fire Investigators are yet to determine a definitive cause as the investigation has been hampered by a large amount items that had been stored in the house.

"The occupant of this house was very lucky to escape from this fire given the significant amount of personal belongings, which has likely impacted on his ability to escape from the house quickly," said Acting Station Officer Wayne Smart.

The house did not have a working smoke alarm installed.

"We urge people to ensure they have two ways to exit their homes where possible and to ensure they have working smoke alarms installed in every sleeping area and in hallways." Acting Station Officer Smart said.

Damage to the house is extensive.



Tasmania Fire Service

BOAT FIRE LINDISFARNE

Date: 7 Apr 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Val Ansett - Hobart Fire Brigade Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At 1049 pm Friday night Hobart Fire Brigade was called to a boat fire at the Lindisfarne Motor Yacht Club.

Upon arrival the first two crews found that there was a motor cruiser well alight moored at one end of the marina and a second one beginning to burn next to it. A third motor cruiser also on fire had broken free from its mooring and was drifting towards other vessels at the opposite end of the marina.

Firefighters split into two crews and began fighting the fires at the two separate locations. Thick black toxic smoke from the burning vessels made visibility difficult for Firefighters working on the narrow marina so they wore Breathing Apparatus and PFD's (life jackets). A third truck was also called to assist.

The third boat that had broken from its mooring drifted closely to a number of other vessels but firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to other craft. One boat had a lucky escape when the owners quick action meant that he was able to untie his boat and motor away as the burning vessel drifted into close contact.

The Police boat arrived and nudged the vessel that was adrift back into the marina where it was safer for Firefighters to continue extinguishing it. Unfortunately due to the extensive damage to this particular vessel it sunk.

Floating booms were dispersed to contain debris and any leaking fuel.

Damage is estimated to be approximately $700 000.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire damages home in Kings Meadows

Date: 4 Apr 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At 5.42pm on Tuesday 3rd of March Tasmania Fire Service was alerted to a house fire at 30 Hobart Rd, Kings Meadows by multiple triple zero calls.

The front left hand side of the building was well alight when two crews from Launceston with 8 firefighters arrived. Quick response from the brigade resulted in the fire being contained to the front two rooms of the house.

The TFS Fire Investigation Officer, Tasmania Police and electrical inspectors were on scene today but were unable to determine the cause of the fire due to the extensive damage.

The home had smoke alarms fitted, however the batteries had been removed, luckily no one was home at the time of the fire. The Tasmania Fire Service strongly recommends that homes are fitted with working smoke alarms in every sleeping area.

Damage to the property is estimated at $280,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Tasmanian firefighters to provide assistance in Victoria

Date: 29 Mar 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Tasmania Fire Service has received a formal request from Emergency Management Victoria to provide support to the Country Fire Authority managing a number of peat fires 300km south west of Melbourne.

TFS will provide three compressed air foam appliances and six volunteer firefighters to work alongside local crews for an initial eight day deployment. They will be working in the Elingamite Lake and Lake Cobrico areas.

The use of compressed air foam has been identified as the most effective medium to combat peat fires burning under the surface of the ground as a result of grass fires that began on 17 March. A number of peat fires are burning close to townships, producing large volumes of smoke and affecting communities. The application of compressed air foam, with the consistency of runny ice cream reduces carbon emissions and temperature build up, to assist in the suppression of the fires.

The first group depart tonight on the Spirit of Tasmania and will travel to the Incident Command at Warrnambool tomorrow morning. More resources including an additional heavy tanker will be deployed over the next few days with rotation of crews occurring on a regular basis over the next week. Volunteers involved in the deployment are from Devonport, Prospect and Dilston volunteer fire brigades.



Tasmania Fire Service

Bridgewater and Glenorchy youth become firefighters for a day

Date: 29 Mar 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Tasmania Fire Service firefighters will today participate in an initiative aimed at breaking down the barriers between youth at risk and emergency services personnel.

Six Project Booyah participants will be honorary firefighters for a day at TFS' Cambridge training facility, mentored by firefighters from Hobart Fire Brigade and PCYC Hobart Constable Ben Hughes.

"We are aiming to challenge the young men participating today and give them a taste of what it's like to be a firefighter," said TFS Station Officer Adam Doran.

"Participants will witness the damage that can be caused by a road crash and assist Hobart Fire Brigade crews in a road crash rescue training scenario. They will also be involved in a fat fire extinguisher display, participate in some physical aptitude testing and wrap up the day working with firefighters on a simulated casualty search in a dark building," Mr Doran said.

"The participants may find they enjoy the challenge so much that they may even consider giving back to their community by volunteering for their local brigade," Mr Doran said.

"Project Booyah is coordinated by PCYC and designed for at-risk youth aged 16 to 19. The aim of the program is to re-engage young people back into education and create pathways into employment," said Tasmania Police Sergeant Leah Adams, from the Early Intervention and Youth Action Unit.

"Today's activities are not only a great display of Tasmania Police and TFS working together, but it's also a special opportunity for these young men to interact with firefighters as role models and experience what it's like working in their environment," Sgt Adams said.



Tasmania Fire Service

Shed destroyed in Lutana

Date: 26 Mar 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Fire crews from Glenorchy and Hobart were alerted to a fire at 28 Culloden Avenue today at around 1pm.

On arrival they found an 8 x 8 metre shed at the rear of the property engulfed in flames. Firefighters quickly brought the fire under control and stopped it spreading to a neighbouring house.

The shed was destroyed and the next door house sustained some minor damage. There were no injuries reported.

A fire investigation has determined that the cause of this fire was accidental.

'The occupant of the home was using a heat gun to do some work' said Senior Station Officer Steve Walkley.

'Unfortunately on completion of the work the heat gun was left on the floor. By the time the occupant had realised it was too late'

'We encourage people to ensure that electrical equipment is well maintained and is turned off and cooled down before being left unattended'

Damage is estimated at $70,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

TFS promotes first woman to the rank of Station Officer

Date: 26 Mar 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Tasmania Fire Service has promoted the first woman to the rank of Station Officer.

Sandra Onn will be Tasmania's highest-ranking female firefighter after a ceremony at the Hobart Fire Station.

"The promotion of SO Onn is a sign that TFS is moving forward as an organisation and there are opportunities for the advancement of both men and women," said TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol.

Station Officer Onn graduated from the TFS Firefighter Recruit Course in 2009 and became a Leading Firefighter in 2015. Prior to becoming a firefighter she worked as a Communications Officer in the TFS emergency dispatch centre. Throughout her firefighting career she has worked as an operational firefighter, as a volunteer training officer and most recently on a project aimed at encouraging women to the role of firefighter.

"I hope that my promotion to Station Officer will encourage other women in TFS to advance their careers. I also hope women in the community will see that it is possible to have a successful career in firefighting," Sandra said.

The rank of Station Officer is a leadership role within a brigade with the responsibility for running a fire station and commanding fire crews. A Station Officer can also take on a variety of other roles within the Tasmania Fire Service which are not based on station.

Sandra will take up a role in the Building Fire Safety Unit of the Tasmania Fire Service.

Adam Doran from Hobart Fire Brigade and James Foster from Launceston Fire Brigade have also been promoted to Station Officer.

Chief Officer Chris Arnol and Sandra Onn will be available to media at 11:30am on Monday 26 March. Please meet Emma at reception.



Tasmania Fire Service

STRUCTURE FIRE - Bronte Park

Fire Investigators this afternoon have deemed the fire which destroyed the 75 year old Bronte Park Lodge in the states Central Highlands as accidental.

Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Police and Electrical Investigators spent the day sifting through the remains of the structure to determine the cause of the one million dollar fire.
Late this afternoon, the cause was found to be accidental with the fire emanating from wiring in the roof space of the building.

The fire, which started just after 7.30am yesterday morning quickly took hold of the timber building, with the staff and guests having the flee to escape the fire.
Tasmania Fire Service Regional Investigator Andrew Emery said that although the large building was completely destroyed, investigators were still able to narrow down the cause of the fire.

"The fire has emanated in the ceiling area above the buildings foyer area, with the cause deemed to be electrical in nature" Mr. Emery said.

Mr Emery also praised the quick actions of the staff in alerting and evacuating the guests in the building and stressed the importance of working and well-maintained smoke alarms.
"The fire took hold of the building quickly, and if it wasn't for the prompt actions of the staff at the lodge following their pre-determined emergency evacuation plan, the result could have been a lot more devastating.

That, added to the fact that the building was fitted with a working fire alarm system which quickly alerted the occupants to the fire has definitely contributed to no loss of life and injury in this instance" Mr. Emery said.

A large excavator was called in to help make the building safe and to assist investigators in accessing the structure.

With the end of daylight savings only a week ago, and cooler weather already upon us, Tasmania Fire Service reminds the public to remember to ensure that when they change their clocks, they also change their smoke alarm battery as only working smoke alarms save lives.

For more information on fire safety, go to the Tasmania Fire Service website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire destroys home in Richmond

Date: 19 Feb 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

An elderly Richmond couple have been alerted to a fire in their home by a working smoke alarm.

TFS crews were called to the fire at Walworth Road, Richmond around 1.20am today. On their arrival crews from Richmond, Cambridge, Campania and Tea Tree were faced with flames issuing from the roof and bathroom window.

Firefighters quickly located the residents who had been woken by their smoke alarm and evacuated themselves. A man and woman were assessed by Ambulance Tasmania officers at the scene. The woman was transported to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after she had attempted to re-enter the property to gather personal belongings. There were no other injuries

'The close escape this couple has had is another striking example that working smoke alarms save lives' said Regional Fire Investigator, Matt Lowe.

'Thankfully a tragedy has been avoided because the occupants of this house were alerted to the fire early enough to allow them to escape.'

'However the TFS would like to remind the community to never attempt to enter a burning building. It only takes a breath of smoke to cause serious harm or death. No belongings are worth losing your life over.'

Investigations have determined that a fault in a spa pump caused the fire. The home has been extensively damaged with the cost estimated at $250,000



Tasmania Fire Service

Permit embargo for the Southern Region

Date: 13 Feb 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Due to a lack of significant rainfall the Tasmania Fire Service will not be issuing fire permits in any southern region municipalities until further notice.

"A number of hazard reduction burns on private property have escaped under relatively benign fire weather conditions due to the dry conditions," Acting Regional Chief Paul Salter said.

"A lack of significant rainfall across the region has left vegetation extremely dry and there are indications that this weather will continue throughout February. The risk to the community of issuing permits for landowners to conduct burns on their property is too great under the current conditions.

'We would also like people to reconsider the need to burn piles of vegetation of a cubic metre or less, which is usually allowed without a permit. In these dry conditions only one stray spark could pose a significant risk," Mr Salter said

The weather forecast will be monitored for any changes; however the permit embargo will likely remain in place until the region receives significant rainfall.

Members of the public with further questions about the permit embargo in southern Tasmania can phone 1800 000 699

The municipalities affected by the permit embargo are: Brighton, Central Highlands, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Glenorchy, Hobart, Huon Valley, Kingborough, Sorell, Southern Midlands and Tasman.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire destroys house in Cooee

Date: 8 Feb 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At 7.20pm last night, fire crews from Burnie and Somerset were alerted to a house fire at Saundridge Road, Cooee.

On arrival firefighters were confronted with flames and thick black smoke billowing from the garage area of a two storey home.

The lone occupant of the house was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm. She was able to evacuate the home safely and call the fire service.

It took fire crews around forty minutes to bring the blaze under control. There were no injuries reported.

'This was an unfortunate accident' Fire Investigator Shayne Andrews said.

'Thankfully the occupant was quickly alerted to the fire by a working smoke alarm and there was not a more serious outcome'

Investigations have confirmed that items placed on top of an oven caught fire when a hot plate was inadvertently turned on whilst the oven was being used.

'Flammable items should never be stored on top of oven hotplates' said Mr Andrews. 'The TFS also strongly advises that you should always check that hotplates are turned off before, you turn away.

The home suffered extensive fire, smoke and heat damage, the cost of the fire is estimated at around $350,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

STRUCTURE FIRE - Staverton Road, Claude Road

The Tasmania Fire Service received several 000 calls this morning at 02:46 am to a shop on fire at the tourist attraction TAZMAZIA located on Staverton Road.

Crews arrived to find the gift shop well alight. Quick action by Claude Road, Sheffield and Devonport brigades, limited damage to the gift shop of TAZMAZIA. Fire suppression was limited by lack of water supply and accessing some remote pockets of fire.

The fire took 15 firefighters to contain the fire. Estimated damage $150000 to $200000. The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by Tasmania Fire Service.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Chigwell

Date: 28 Jan 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Scott Vinen - Hobart Fire Brigade Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Quick action saves Chigwell home

At approximately 1:00 pm this afternoon firefighting crews from Claremont, Glenorchy and Bridgewater responded to a house fire at Beenak Street Chigwell.

On arrival firefighters found a bedroom fully engulfed in fire. The quick actions from firefighters wearing breathing apparatus ensured the fire was contained to the bedroom, avoiding extensive damage to the remainder of the house.

Two occupants were treated by Ambulance Tasmania for smoke inhalation at the scene, there were no other injuries.

Upon investigation into the cause of the fire Station Officer Jason Vinen has said "this fire has been deemed accidental, caused by the misuse of hot objects in the vicinity of flammable products".

Damage has been estimated at $60,000.



Sustainable Timber Tasmania Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Fire Crews Work Hard to Contain Fires Over Australia Day Long Weekend

Date: 28 Jan 2018 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton- State Public Information Officer Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania have worked hard to contain over 100 vegetation and other fires across the state over the Australia Day Long Weekend.

Deputy Chief Officer Jeremy Smith said "it had been a busy weekend with crews responding to a number of fires". Including vegetation fires at: Oatlands, Clarendon Vale, Binalong Bay, Cygnet, Swansea, Sassafras and Zeehan. Mr Smith said "all these fires had the potential to become bigger fires and it was through the hard work of our crews that we have been able to prevent any larger fires".

We have been ensuring public safety is the number one priority, by keeping the public informed about the fire situation and rapidly responding to any fires that start with fire crews, machinery and aircraft. Mr Smith commended fire crews for their hard work over the weekend.

Mr Smith said that "it was this rapid response that has allowed us to contain fires and keep them small". TFS and its partner agencies have been able to jump on fires quickly, limiting their spread and damage. Consequently this has limited the amount of resources required over a longer period of time if they were to become large fires.

As forecast, fire dangers reached the Very High level in many areas of the state over the last three days and a Total Fire Ban was in place until midnight tonight (Sunday) in southern Tasmania.

Fires are still burning at several locations across the state including Swansea, Blessington, Sassafras, Clarendon Vale and Oatlands however TFS has reported them al as currently "controlled".

Mr Smith "said it is pleasing that the community are reporting fires quickly and respecting the Total Fire Ban". Conditions are likely to ease later on Monday with a predicted state-wide rainfall, including possible thunderstorms.

When instances of high fire dangers occur, it is important that people know exactly what to do if a fire threatens their home or property.

Everyone is encouraged to visit the TFS website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plans that may cover 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 available that will assist in preparing individual Bushfire Survival Plans prior to a fire occurring. People can create an online Bushfire Survival Plan through the TFS website. TFS urges the public to be vigilant and report any fires immediately to the Tasmania Fire Service by calling Triple-Zero (000).

For more information visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.



Tasmania Fire Service

Weather Heats Up, State-Wide Fires Update

Date: 28 Jan 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Peter Middleton- State Public Information Officer Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Southern Region Fire Controller Mark Dobson will be available this afternoon at 3.00pm for an update. Mr Dobson will be available to discuss:

  • Current fire situation
  • Today's state of readiness
  • Community messaging

State Public Information Officer Peter Middleton said "today's Fire Danger Rating is VERY HIGH in the following weather districts; east coast, midlands, upper derwent valley, south east and central plateau, with a Total Fire Ban in place until midnight tonight in the south of the state".

Mr Middleton said "if you have been away this Australia Day long weekend and have had a campfire please make sure it is extinguished". The message is "Soak it, Stir it, Soak it again".

The public are encouraged to report any fires to 000 immediately.

Media are asked to meet Southern Public Information Officer- Andrew Emery at the front reception of the TFS- Southern Regional Headquarters at 1040 Cambridge Road (Corner Cambridge Road & Maxwells Road), Cambridge 2:50pm.



Tasmania Fire Service

Quick responses to fires keep damage to a minimum

Date: 27 Jan 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has quickly been able to contain and extinguish several outbreaks of fires today. With high temperatures and extremely dry vegetation across the state, TFS Station Officer Andrew Emery said that fire crews weren't taking any chances heading into tomorrow's Very-High Fire Danger and Total Fire Ban for the south of the state.

"Our whole intent today with the predicted conditions, was to respond to any fires rapidly with heavy resources to keep them small, enabling us to limit damage and fully extinguish the fires quickly" Mr. Emery said.

Southern crews dealt with fires at Clarendon Vale, Mornington, Bonnet Hill, and Blackman's Bay with an accidental 1 hectare grass fire at Dysart destroying a car and a shed.

A fire at Swansea on the East Coast on Australia Day has also been bought under control with specialist remote area firefighters working with local volunteer crews to fully extinguish the fire.

Crews were kept busy in the North and North-Western regions of the state with new fires starting at Zeehan, Smithton, Latrobe, with a fire at Sassafras burning through 6 hectares of pine plantation and natural bush. The fire is currently being controlled by Tasmania Fire Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania firefighters with help from water bombing aircraft. A 17.5 hectare fire at Blessington, South-East of Launceston has been contained. The fire will be patrolled by firefighters over the coming days.

With TFS still patrolling several fires tomorrow, Mr Emery also asks landowners to check any fires they have previously had on their properties. "Three of the fires over the last 24-hours have started from re-ignitions of old fires which landowners previously believed were extinguished. TFS urges any landowner who has previously had fires burning on their property to check them again to make sure that they are completely out".

From midnight tonight (Saturday 27 January) through to midnight on Sunday 28 January 2018 has been declared a Day of Total Fire Ban for the following Southern Region municipalities of Tasmania:

Brighton,

Derwent Valley,

Hobart,

Sorell,

Central Highlands,

Glamorgan Spring Bay,

Huon Valley,

Southern Midlands,

Clarence,

Glenorchy,

Kingborough

Tasman

A total fire ban means that no fires may be lit or allowed to remain alight in the open air.

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. Everyone is encouraged to visit the TFS website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plans that may cover 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 Bushfire Survival Plans prior to a fire occurring.

TFS urges the public to be vigilant and report any fires immediately to the Tasmania Fire Service by calling Triple-Zero (000).

For more information about Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.



Tasmania Fire Service

TFS crews working hard to control fires

Date: 27 Jan 2018 - 00:00 Contact: South - Andrew Emery North - Michael Watkins Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service crews are working hard today to contain and extinguish several fires ahead of Very-High Fire Danger forecast for the South and parts of the North of the state tomorrow.

A fire at Sassafras in the states North, which was reported at 1.30am this morning, is currently at Advice level, however there is currently no threat to properties. Tasmania Fire Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania firefighters, assisted by water-bombing aircraft are currently working to bring the fire under control. TFS has issued a warning for people driving along the Bass Highway, between the weighbridge at Long Hill through to Parramatta Creek that there will be multiple fire appliances working in the area and to drive with caution.

Tasmania Fire Service personnel are also dealing with fires at Blessington in the states North and Swansea on East Coast. There are currently no threat to properties. Several other fires are being patrolled.

A total fire ban has been declared for all Southern Region municipalities for the 24-hour period from midnight Saturday 27th January through to midnight Sunday 28th January.

Although today is not a Total Fire Ban, TFS Southern Region Fire Controller Phil Smith has urged people to reconsider lighting any fires for cooking and warmth and reminds people that any fires in the open must be fully extinguished before the Total Fire Ban begins at midnight.

"Due to high temperatures in the mid to high 30's this weekend and the vegetation being extremely dry, any outbreaks will be very difficult for firefighters to control"

"We ask those that have had fires burning on their property, no matter how small to recheck their fires to ensure they are completely extinguished" Mr. Smith said.

TFS urges the public to be vigilant and report any fires immediately to the Tasmania Fire Service by calling Triple-Zero (000).

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service reminds that campfire restrictions are now in place in all national parks and reserves in the North, North-east, East Coast, South-east, Upper Derwent Valley and King Island.

This restriction bans the lighting or use of campfires, fire pots, or other devices that burn coal, wood, plant material or any other solid fuel. Gas stoves are permitted. See the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service website for a map of affected areas.

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. Everyone is encouraged to visit the TFS website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plans that may cover 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 Bushfire Survival Plans prior to a fire occurring.

For more information about Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.



Tasmania Fire Service

Total Fire Ban in the south on Sunday + general advice

Date: 25 Jan 2018 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service is encouraging Tasmanians to be responsible with fire this Australia Day.

"Thousands of Tasmanians will flock to campgrounds and shacks for the long weekend. The hot weather means fires that start will be hard for us to control, we would like people to avoid using fire at all this weekend wherever possible," Chief Officer Chris Arnol said.

"Very High fire danger means we will be declaring a Total Fire Ban in the south of the state on Sunday. While a Total Fire Ban has not been declared for Friday or Saturday, we ask that people consider alternatives to fire for cooking and warmth.

"A total fire ban means no fires can be lit in the open air. At midnight on Saturday night all fires, including campfires, must be completely extinguished. We will not be issuing fire permits in the south until further notice.

"We encourage people to report fires as soon as they see them by calling Triple Zero to allow us the best chance to control the fire early.\

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service have established a campfire restriction in all parks and reserves on the North, North-east, East Coast , South East, Upper Derwent Valley and King Island. The restriction bans the lighting or use of campfires, fire pots or other device that burns coal, wood, plant material or any other solid fuel until the middle of March.
"Holidaymakers are encouraged to listen to ABC local radio and keep an eye on the TFS facebook page as the advice may change over the weekend depending on the weather predictions," Mr Arnol said.

Tasmania Fire Service, along with Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania are at a heightened state of readiness, with strategically placed strike teams and aircraft, incident management teams and extra firefighting resources on standby for this weekend in order to attack fires quickly.

Southern municipalities covered by this Sunday's Total Fire Ban are:

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

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. Everyone is encouraged to visit the TFS website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plans that may cover 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 Bushfire Survival Plans prior to a fire occurring.

For more information about Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.



Tasmania Fire Service

Bushfire at Rocherlea

Date: 22 Jan 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Deputy Regional Chief Ian Bounds Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service is currently responding to a vegetation fire on the outskirts of Launceston. The fire was first reported as Reservoir Road, Rocherlea. About 60 career and volunteer firefighters and other resources including water bombing aircraft are on the scene containing the fire. There is currently no threat to residential property, with firefighters working to avoid the fire reaching the Launceston Waste Transfer and Disposal Station.

Due to strong winds, smoke from the fire has prompted the precautionary evacuation of the Launceston Waste Transfer and Disposal Station and RSPCA on Cavalry Road Mowbray.
Crews on the scene are working to contain the fire within the next few hours and will maintain a strong presence during the evening.

Tasmania Fire Service will not be issuing fire permits in the South Esk District or the southern region until Monday 29 January.

TFS encourages the community to have a Bushfire Survival Plan and review local Bushfire Protection Plans in case of an emergency. For more information about preparing for bushfires and Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.



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Community vigilance and rapid response prevents any major fires

Date: 19 Jan 2018 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton- State Public Information Officer Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Today Tasmania experienced the extreme, severe and very high fire dangers predicted across the state. Dry, hot and windy conditions presented very dangerous bushfire conditions. The Tasmania Fire Service has responded to, and contained, over 30 vegetation fires in the past 24 hours.

TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol said "The community and our firefighters have done an outstanding job minimising the impact of fires in the landscape".

"On bad fire days it's all about early detection and rapid weight of response to keep fires small." Mr Arnol said.

"Staff and volunteers in our fire and land management agencies have worked hard to ensure effective resources were in place by prepositioned fire crews, trucks, machinery, aircraft and incident management teams so fires were responded to quickly".

"TFS would like to thank the community for their vigilance today particularly in relation to reporting fires and for heeding the Total Fire Ban over the past two days,"

"Through TFS programs such as Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods and the development of Community Protection Plans, the community is learning that bushfire-readiness is a shared responsibility and this is evident on days like today".

"The community plays a vital role in not only reporting fires to TFS quickly, but also in managing bushfire risk on their own properties," Mr Arnol said.

With 6-weeks of the Tasmanian summer remaining, conditions are very dry in some parts of Tasmania. We are likely to see further days of higher fire danger and Total Fire Bans will be declared where necessary.

The current Total Fire Ban remains in place in the south, north and areas of the north-west until midnight tonight. The permit embargo will also be lifted as of midnight tonight.
Municipalities covered by the Total Fire Ban include:

South
Brighton
Central Highlands
Clarence
Derwent Valley
Glamorgan/Spring Bay
Glenorchy
Hobart
Huon Valley
Kingborough
Sorell
Southern Midlands
Tasman

North
Break O'Day
Dorset
George Town
Launceston
Meander Valley
Northern Midlands
West Tamar
Flinders

North West
Central Coast
Devonport
Kentish
Latrobe

TFS and Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service remind the public that campfire restrictions have been established in all national parks and reserves on the North, North-east, East Coast, South East, Upper Derwent Valley and King Island.

The restriction bans the lighting or use by any person of any campfire, fire pot or other device that burns coal, wood, plant material or any other solid fuel. Gas stoves are permitted. The restriction will be in place from Saturday 20 January to Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Details of campfire restrictions are available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au or by contacting Parks and Wildlife Services on 1300 827 727.

For more information about preparing for bushfires and Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.



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Total Fire Ban to Continue for Friday 19 January

Date: 18 Jan 2018 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton- State Public Information Officer Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The Tasmania Fire Service has declared the continuation of the Total Fire Ban for Friday with dangerous fire weather conditions expected. The Total Fire Ban will remain in the south and will extend to the entire north and parts of the north-west until midnight on Friday.

"The Total Fire Ban that is in place has been extended until midnight on Friday because of the predicted conditions," said State Fire Controller Greg Butters."

The conditions in some areas are expected to see very high and severe fire danger ratings. Dry and windy conditions and temperatures in the high 20s to mid-30s are expected. A front is expected to cross the south east mid-morning and reach the north east by mid-afternoon. With the front we will see stronger and gustier wind speeds and the potential for thunderstorms.

The continuation of a Total Fire Ban means that no fires can be lit in the open air. The embargo on all permits is to also continue. Operators of machinery are to comply with the TFS 'Machinery Operations Guidelines' in relation to operating under Total Fire Ban declarations which can be found on the TFS website.

"Fires that occur will be difficult to control and we urge the public to report any fires to TFS immediately by calling triple zero to give us the best chance of containing the fire quickly," said Mr Butters.

"We ask that people check all fires they may have had on their property, including any campfires to ensure they are fully extinguished. People are also encouraged to check their Bushfire Survival Plan and be ready to act if needed," Mr Butters said.

Tasmania Fire Service, along with Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania are maintaining a heightened state of readiness, with strategically placed strike teams and aircraft, incident management teams and extra firefighting resources on standby in order to attack fires quickly.

Municipalities covered by the Total Fire Ban are:

South
Brighton
Central Highlands
Clarence
Derwent Valley
Glamorgan/Spring Bay
Glenorchy
Hobart
Huon Valley
Kingborough
Sorell
Southern Midlands
Tasman

North
Break O'Day
Dorset
George Town
Launceston
Meander Valley
Northern Midlands
West Tamar
Flinders

North West
Central Coast
Devonport
Kentish
Latrobe

When instances of higher 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 TFS website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plan that may cover their area. These are developed to inform residents of Nearby Safer Places, evacuation routes and how to receive emergency information. Information is also included that will assist in preparing individual Bushfire Survival Plans prior to a fire occurring.

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service in accordance with the National Parks and Reserved Land Regulations 2009 have established a campfire restriction in all national parks and reserves on the North, North-east, East Coast , South East, Upper Derwent Valley and King Island.The restriction bans the lighting or use by any person of any campfire, fire pot or other device that burns coal, wood, plant material or any other solid fuel. Gas stoves are permitted. The restriction will be in place from Saturday 20 January to Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Details of campfire restrictions are available on the PWS website at www.parks.tas.gov.au or by contacting Parks and Wildlife Services on 1300 827 727.

For more information about Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.

The TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol and our partner agencies Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania will be available at 3.30pm today for an update on the state-wide fire situation.



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Statewide fire update as at 10.30am 18 January 2018

Date: 18 Jan 2018 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton- State Public Information Officer Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a weak front that is expected to stall over the state, meaning that hot, dry and windy conditions in the eastern half of the state are expected to persist into Friday particularly up the east coast and north east of Tasmania.

State Fire Controller Greg Butters said "fire weather conditions are expected to worsen this afternoon and into Friday in the east and north east".

"We are expecting the Fire Danger Rating to reach Severe for the east coast and north east areas of the state on Friday, and a Very High Fire Danger Rating for the Upper Derwent Valley, Midlands, Central North and Central Plateau," Mr Butters said.

"We are still expecting Very High Fire Danger Rating we are expecting across many areas of the eastern half of the state today."

"People need to be prepared to enact their Bushfire Survival Plan quickly, whether that is to leave early or stand and defend. Leaving early is always the safest option in the event of a bushfire," Mr Butters said.

As at 10.30am TFS has no fires of concern burning within the state.

In the event of an emergency TFS will provide regular updates via ABC Local Radio the TFS website www.fire.tas.gov.au .

State Fire Controller Greg Butters and our partner agencies Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania will be available at 3.30pm today for an update on the state-wide fire situation.

Media are asked to meet State Public Information Officer Peter Middleton at TFS State Headquarters reception (corner Argyle & Melville St) at 3.20pm today.



Tasmania Fire Service

Declaration of Total Fire Ban - Thursday 18 January 2018

Date: 17 Jan 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the South and parts of the North of Tasmania for tomorrow.

Current weather predictions provided by the Bureau of Meteorology indicate Very High fire danger ratings in parts of the state for Thursday 18 January 2018. The Total Fire Ban is in place from midnight tonight until midnight on Thursday, with the possibility of it being extended through until midnight Friday.

The conditions are forecast to be dry and windy with temperatures in the high 20s to low 30s.

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

Operators of machinery are to comply with the TFS "Machinery Operations Guidelines" in relation to operating under Total Fire Ban declarations which can be found on the TFS website.

There is also an embargo on all fire permits from now until further notice.

"Grass and forest fuels are extremely dry and in abundance at the moment. Fires that occur in these conditions will be difficult to control and we urge the public to report any fires to TFS immediately by calling triple zero to give us the best chance of containing the fire quickly," said Acting Deputy Chief Officer Jeremy Smith.

"People are reminded to check all fires they may have had on their property, including any campfires to ensure they are fully extinguished and check their Bushfire Survival Plan.
Tasmania Fire Service, along with Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania are at a heightened state of readiness, with strategically placed strike teams and aircraft, incident management teams and extra firefighting resources on standby in order to attack fires quickly.

Municipalities covered by the Total Fire Ban are:

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

North:
Break O'Day
Northern Midlands

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 TFS website to view the Community Bushfire Protection Plan/s that may cover 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 Bushfire Survival Plans prior to a fire occurring.

For more information about Total Fire Bans visit www.fire.tas.gov.au and listen to ABC Local Radio in the event of an emergency.



Tasmania Fire Service

Total Fire Ban Being Considered for Thursday 18 January

Date: 16 Jan 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Peter Middleton Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service is preparing for a possible Total Fire Ban on Thursday 18 January in the southern and northern regions of the state. A decision will be made on the implementation of Total Fire Ban tomorrow (Wednesday 17 January).

"Grass and forest fuels are extremely dry and in abundance at the moment. Combined with potential hot, dry and windy weather, this makes controlling fires extremely difficult," Tasmania Fire Service State Fire Acting Deputy Chief Officer Jeremy Smith said.

People are reminded to check all fires they may have had on their property, including campfires to ensure they are fully extinguished. Mr Smith also said "the public are encouraged to check their Bushfire Survival Plan".

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 Bushfire Survival 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

Fire at Maharaja Restaurant in Bathurst Street Hobart

Date: 16 Jan 2018 - 00:00

Just before 1am today Tasmania Fire Service received a triple zero call alerting them to a fire at Maharaja Restaurant in Bathurst Street Hobart.

Three crews from Hobart Fire Brigade arrived to find the unoccupied kitchen fully involved in fire, spreading to the roofspace and threatening adjoining properties. Fire crews evacuated residents from a neighbouring property. The fire took around an hour to extinguish.

TFS fire investigator Acting Station Officer Adam Doran determined the fire was accidentally caused by a cooking appliance being left on. The estimate of damage is $250,000.

"We remind the community to never leave cooking appliances on unattended either in restaurants or in the home, particularly when they utilise oils and fats. Our message is to turn it off before you turn away," Mr Doran said.



Tasmania Fire Service

Firefighting aircraft for summer

Date: 10 Jan 2018 - 00:00

The ability of Tasmania's firefighting agencies to respond rapidly to bushfires has been enhanced again this summer with the arrival of the firefighting aircraft fleet.

"The aircraft will ensure there is a strong and quick initial attack to fires this summer meaning communities will be better protected. Aircraft form part of the contemporary firefighting strategies we employ to keep fires on the urban interface small," said Chief Officer Chris Arnol.

Tasmania's aerial firefighting fleet includes seven permanent aircraft contracted through the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC), which facilitates the sharing of aerial firefighting resources between States and Territories during the fire season.

If the need arises, two Large Air Tankers based in Victoria and one Large Air Tanker and two Very Large Air Tankers based in NSW will be shared with Tasmania during the bushfire season. Tasmania called upon the New South Wales Large Air Tanker to contain a bushfire in St Helens in October.

Mr Arnol said the fleet of aircraft is just one part of the firefighting resources that will be deployed to protect the state this bushfire season.

"Aircraft will be used to provide a rapid weight of attack to keep fires in check until fire crews are in place to contain and extinguish fires.

"Our aerial capability supports the great work our crews do on the ground. Aircraft allow us to gather intelligence, transport crews quickly, and drop water and retardants to create containment lines. This means crews on the ground have a greater chance of limiting the size and spread of fires.

"Firefighting agencies are prepared for a challenging summer, with above normal potential for bushfires on the East Coast, south-east, Midlands and Derwent Valley and the normal risk of bushfires in the rest of the state. The aircraft fleet is just one component of the state's response, but all Tasmanians still need to ensure they have their own plan in place and are prepared for the risk of fires," Mr Arnol said.

"No matter where you live, all Tasmanians need to understand their bushfire risk and be ready to act if fire breaks out. The message is simple: know your bushfire risk and make a plan."

NAFC contracted aircraft are based in Hobart and Launceston and can be prepositioned in high-risk areas as required. For the 2017-2018 bushfire season the fleet includes:

3 x AS350 B3 Squirrel Helicopter - intelligence gathering, waterbombing and aircraft operations supervision
2 x Bell 214B Medium Helicopters - waterbombing
2 x Air Tractor AT 802F Fixed Wing Planes - waterbombing



Sustainable Timber Tasmania Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Total Fire Ban to Continue until Midnight

Date: 6 Jan 2018 - 12:00am Contact: State Public Information Officer- Peter Middleton Phone: (03) 6230 8424

A Total Fire Ban will remain in place until midnight tonight (6th January) in the South, North (including Flinders Island) and King Island in the North West Region due to hot, windy and dry conditions.

Very high and severe fire danger ratings were reached today across broad areas of Northern and Southern Tasmania. There were a number of small fires that were quickly brought under control by TFS, Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania fire crews.

Deputy State Fire Controller Shane Batt said "It is pleasing that the public have been listening to our messaging and have maintained their vigilance and commitment to community safety"

TFS will continue to provide regular updates and people are encouraged to listen to ABC Radio for advice and warnings that are issued. People are encouraged to monitor the TFS website www.fire.tas.gov.au

TFS also reminds the public that there are several months remaining in the bushfire season. Now is the time for people to know your bushfire risk and make a plan. Further bushfire planning information can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au



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State-Wide Afternoon Fire Update

Currently there are no fires of concern burning anywhere in the state.

Deputy State Fire Controller Shane Batt said "the bushfire danger will increase as the afternoon and evening progresses". Mr Batt said "we need the public to remain vigilant".

Mr Batt said "Very High and Severe fire danger ratings are forecast into the night in many areas of the state". The TFS, Parks and Wildlife Service, Sustainable Timbers and our partner agencies have significant resources on standby, including aircraft and machinery to act if need be.

Mr Batt said "People are strongly encouraged to be aware of the current weather situation, as things may change rapidly".

A Total Fire Ban is in place until midnight tonight (6th January) in the South, North (including Flinders Island) and King Island in the North West Region due to hot, windy and dry conditions.

Mr Batt said that "the weather conditions this afternoon, into the evening and night will make any fires that start unpredictable and due to the long term dryness in some areas make fires very difficult to control".

Lightning activity occurred overnight with TFS and PWS investigating these strikes. There may be additional lightning in the south east today, which will be investigated for fire activity.

Mr Batt said "we need communities to be prepared and aware of the fire situation which may change very quickly".

TFS encourages people to have their Bushfire Survival Plan and be ready to act quickly.

TFS will provide regular updates and people are encouraged to listen to ABC Radio for advice and warnings that are issued. People are encouraged to monitor the TFS website www.fire.tas.gov.au

Mr Batt said "we would like to thank the community for their vigilance and commitment to community safety".

Date: 6 Jan 2018 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton- State Public Information Officer Phone: (03) 6230 8424



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State-Wide Fire Update

Date: 6 Jan 2018 - 12:00am Contact: Peter Middleton- State Public Information Officer Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The State Fire Controller Jeremy Smith with our partner fire agencies Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania will be available this afternoon at 3.30pm for an update on the state-wide fire situation, including predictions for the remainder of the day.

Media are asked to meet at front reception of TFS (corner Argyle & Melville St) at 3.15pm ready to go into the building.



Tasmania Fire Service

Total Fire Ban for Saturday 6th January 2018 for numerous municipalities

Date: 5 Jan 2018 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for the 24 hours from midnight tonight Friday 5 January 2018 until midnight Saturday 6 January 2018.

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:

Northern

Southern

North West

Meander Valley

Brighton

King Island

Tamar Valley

Central Highlands

Break O'Day

Clarence

Northern Midlands

Derwent Valley

George Town

Glamorgan-Spring Bay

Flinders Island

Glenorchy

Dorset

Hobart

Launceston

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 Saturday 6 January, 2018.

The conditions are forecast to be very windy and dry with temperatures in excess of 30 degrees.

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 over 50km/h which will push fires rapidly making them dangerous and difficult to control.

Due to predicted conditions, a Total Fire Ban has also been declared for King Island municipality.

"Grass and forest fuels are extremely dry and in abundance. Combined with hot, dry and windy weather, this makes controlling fires extremely difficult," Tasmania Fire Service State Fire Controller Jeremy Smith said.

Tasmania Fire Service, in conjunction with Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania has instigated a heightened state of readiness during the day 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

Reminder about burning without a permit

Date: 20 Dec 2017 - 00:00

Over recent weeks the Tasmania Fire Service has been concerned about a number of fires that have been lit without a permit.

The permit system allows responsible landowners to manage the bushfire risk on their properties in a safe and accountable way. Permits allow TFS to monitor fires in the landscape and reduces the risk of escaped fires.

Permits provide landowners with practical steps to manage the risk of their hazard reduction fire, and provided they are followed permits provide certain legal protection for landowner should the fire escape.

"Fires that are lit without a permit present an unacceptable risk to the community. It also means brigades are called to these illegal fires, preventing them from being available for other emergencies," said Acting Deputy Chief Officer Jeremy Smith.

"It is disappointing that a small number of landowners are willing to risk community safety by burning without the appropriate permit parameters in place."

"These landowners are also making themselves liable for significant fines and claims for damage should these fires escape."

"We encourage landowners to manage the bushfire risk on their own properties, but to do so in a controlled way by going through the simple process of obtaining a fire permit which will provide protections for both the community and the landowner when the conditions are adhered to, " Mr Smith said.

Fires less than one cubic metre in size with a clear area around of three metres may be lit without a permit. All burns, regardless of size, should be registered with TFS on 1800 000 699 to avoid an unwanted visit from your local brigade and must be supervised until they are fully extinguished.

All fire permits are automatically suspended on days of Total Fire Ban. This means that even if you have a permit dated for that day you are not allowed to light a fire.

Landowners wishing to burn off should contact the TFS on 1800 000 699 or visit the website www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire destroys shed in Moriarty

Date: 18 Dec 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Station Officer, Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At 2.15 this morning fire crews from Moriarty, Devonport, Latrobe and Port Sorell were called to a shed fire at Wescombes Road, Moriarty.

On arrival firefighters were confronted with a large shed fully engulfed in flames. An attached granny flat was also threatened by the fire and powerlines had fallen from the shed.

Neighbours were woken by the sounds of the fire and alerted the occupant of the granny flat who escaped unharmed. There were no injuries reported.

Firefighters contained the fire to the shed however it collapsed a short time later; the granny flat was also badly damaged.

A fire investigation has determined that the fire was accidental and was caused by a faulty electrical cord.

Damage from the fire is expected to be in excess of $230,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Shed and contents destroyed, Beauty Point

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

At 11.18am today fire crews from Beaconsfield, Kelso and Gravelly Beach responded to a shed fire at Flinders Street in Beauty Point. The property owner had called the TFS after being alerted of the fire by a neighbour.

On arrival firefighters found a large shed fully engulfed with the flames threatening a nearby house.

The fire was quickly bought under control. The shed was not able to be saved but quick action by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to the house.

There were no injuries reported the damage from the fire is estimated at $45,000.

A fire investigation is taking place and likely to be finalised on Monday.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire at Beauty Point

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

TFS crews from Beaconsfield, Kelso and Gravelly Beach are currently responding to a shed fire at 239 Flinders Street, Beauty Point. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire at Tempco, Bell Bay

Fire crews from George Town responded to a report of a fire at the Tempco smelter plant, Bell Bay at 7.15 this morning.

On arrival they discovered that molten metal had over shot a container when a door on a furnace was opened. The Tempco emergency response team quickly bought the situation under control. TFS firefighters in breathing apparatus investigated the area to ensure all was safe.

There were no reports of injuries and damage was limited to electrical cable and hydraulic hoses.



Tasmania Fire Service

Christmas lights cause house fire.

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

Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) fire investigators have determined a house fire in Montello overnight was caused by an electrical failure in a set of Christmas lights. This has prompted Tasmania Fire Service to issue a safety warning to householders to ensure Christmas lights are switched off at the power point when going to bed or going out.

"With the festive season upon us we remind people to ensure Christmas lights are well maintained. Christmas lights are usually stored all year round resulting in damage to cords and cables, which poses a fire risk. In this situation we believe the fire was caused by a failure of the small connection box on a Christmas lights set which has caused it to heat up and catch fire," Regional Fire Investigator Anthony Goss said.

"We urge people to ensure Christmas lights in homes and offices are switched off at the power point and never left on when unattended for a long period of time.

TFS was alerted to the fire at Ross Avenue Montello via a triple zero call at 1:15am this morning. Crews from Burnie and Somerset arrived within 3 minutes to find the front half of the house engulfed in flames. Firefighters quickly located two women and one man who were the residents of the house, trapped in the back yard of the property due to the intensity off the flames.

"The occupants of this property were lucky to escape the fire unharmed after being alerted by two working smoke alarms installed in the house. If it was not for working smoke alarms there could have been a tragic outcome which is terrible at any time of year, let alone this close to Christmas.

The house has been extensively damaged. The estimated cost is $300,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

George Town and Bell Bay Volunteer Fire Brigades officially merge

Date: 1 Dec 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath

After months of planning, the George Town and Bell Bay Volunteer Fire Brigades will officially merge today and the doors on the Bell Bay Fire Station will be closed for the final time as an operational fire station.

28 Bell Bay volunteer members will now become members of the integrated George Town Volunteer Fire Brigade which will now be one of the largest brigades in Tasmania with 53 members.

The combined brigade will cover the same geographical area of George Town and Bell Bay's previous response areas, which includes the Bell Bay Industrial Precinct and port.

"All Bell Bay brigade members live in George Town and could see the advantage of integrating which will result in the response to the greater George Town municipal area being more efficient through by from the George Town Fire Station," Acting Regional Chief Ian Bounds said.

"Being in close proximity to each other, the two brigades have always worked closely together. The brigades proposed the integration and have formed a working group to ensure there is a smooth transition to the new arrangements.

The brigades have been trialling responding and training from George Town Fire Station for three months.

Bell Bay Brigade Chief and Group Officer Don Mackrill will stand down from his role as Brigade Chief after 42 years in the position.

"Don has been a dedicated member of Bell Bay Fire Brigade for 49 years and Brigade Chief for 42 years. We thank him for his service in that role. His experience will continue to be utilised as a member of the George Town Brigade and he will retain his position at Group Officer," Mr Bounds said.

Bell Bay Fire Station will remain open and will be used as a regional training facility.

Media are invited to attend an event where Bell Bay Volunteer Fire Brigade members will close the station doors for the final time as an operational fire station. 4pm today - Bell Bay Fire Station.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire permits required statewide from Friday 1st Decemeber 2017

Tasmania Fire Service has extended the Fire Permit Period to the remainder of the state from 2am Friday 1 December.

Anyone intending on burning any vegetation above 1 cubic meter in size, in every municipality, will require a permit issued by a TFS Permit Officer before they burn.

"The bushfire season has started and we are putting the appropriate protections in place for people wishing to burn on their properties," Chief Officer Chris Arnol said.

"Obtaining a fire permit is a simple process and offers a certain level of protection when landowners adhere to the fire permit's conditions.

"Tasmania has experienced a very dry winter and there is no significant rainfall expected. The vegetation across the state is dry and ready to burn now. The declaration of the fire permit period is a way of reducing the likelihood of escaped fires and allows TFS to monitor fires in the landscape as the fire danger in Tasmania increases," Mr Arnol said.

A fire permit contains certain conditions to increase the safety of fire such as: the specified weather conditions allowed, the equipment required, and the contacts who need to be notified. By complying with the conditions, certain protections are provided to the person lighting the fire.

Fire Permits have been required in the south and part of the north since late October. This extension now includes the remaining municipalities in the north and all of the north-west including the Bass Strait Islands.

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

For more information about how to obtain a fire permit call 1800 000 699 or visit www.fire.tas.gov.au

The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued specific bans on campfires in Parks on Tasmania's East Coast. For information about this, contact PWS directly.

http://parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?sys=News%20Article&intID=3781

It is also important to check with your local council for additional burning restrictions.



Tasmania Fire Service

Extension of Fire Permit Period - Northern Region

Date: 14 Nov 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Deputy Chief Officer Jeremy Smith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) has declared an extension of the Fire Permit Period in the Northern Region to include the Flinders, Georgetown and Launceston from midnight Wednesday 15 November 2017.

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

TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol said with the bushfire season now commencing it is time to put the appropriate protections in place for people wishing to burn on their property.

The Northern Region has experienced below average rainfall in a number of areas with particularly significant dry spells on the east coast, north/north east coastal areas and Flinders Island group.

The declaration of the Fire Permit period is a way of reducing the likelihood of escaped fires and enables TFS to monitor fires in the landscape as the state's fire danger increases.

"Landowners who wish to continue to conduct burns are still encouraged to do so, however they are now required to undertake the simple process of obtaining a fire permit from a local fire permit officer, which offers a certain level of protection when landowners adhere to the fire permits conditions," Mr Arnol said.

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

The Parks and Wildlife Service has issued specific bans on campfires in Parks on Tasmania's East Coast. For information about this, contact PWS directly.

http://parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?sys=News%20Article&intID=3781

It is also important to check with your local council for additional 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

State Firefighter Championships

Date: 10 Nov 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Mark Dobson Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Invermay Park, Launceston - Saturday 11 November

The Tasmanian Fire Brigades Championships Association State Firefighter Championships kick off at Launceston's Invermay Park on Saturday 11 November. The Championships are being held at the venue for the 10th consecutive year and with a total of 36 teams in the senior and junior sections competing over two days, the competition events promise to be hotly contested.

"The Championships provide a great opportunity for TFS members to practice their operational skills in a competitive environment, in the lead-up to Tasmania's bushfire season. It allows members from neighbouring brigades as well as those from other Regions to establish friendships in a somewhat social setting, strengthening the TFS social fabric," TFS District Officer and Association President Mark Dobson said

All the events are designed to simulate a potential scenario that firefighters may encounter in an operational context, both urban and rural. Most of the equipment used is standard firefighting equipment that is used on a daily basis by TFS brigades. The Championships continue through Sunday 12 November and should conclude around 2.30pm.



Tasmania Fire Service

TFS tribute to Roger Corbin

Date: 9 Nov 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Staff and volunteers at the Tasmania Fire Service wish to extend our deepest condolences to the Corbin and Rotorlift families following the tragic death of Roger Corbin this week.

TFS worked with Roger and the Rotorlift team for many years during aerial firefighting operations. Roger's experience will be missed not only in the aviation sector but also by the broader emergency services community. He was an outstanding person and pilot, leaving a lasting legacy with our aerial firefighting teams and everyone he worked with and mentored.

We look forward to a continued relationship with the experienced Rotorlift team who have assisted us in providing a valuable firefighting service to the Tasmanian community.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire at Pedro's Fish Takeway - Ulverstone

Date: 9 Nov 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Station Officer David Meldrum Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Just after 4pm yesterday Tasmania Fire Service responded to reports of a fire at the Ulverstone Wharf Precinct. Career and volunteer crews from Ulverstone, Devonport, Penguin and Forth Valley arrived to find Pedro's Take Away fish and chipper alight.

Occupants of the building, including staff, were alerted to the fire by an off-duty firefighter who spotted the fire burning in the back of the building, and evacuated the premises and reported the fire to TFS via Triple Zero.

The building was severely damaged, however action by firefighters limited the damage caused to the restaurant part of the building.

The building was not fitted with smoke alarms which has prompted TFS Senior Station Officer David Meldrum to remind the community of the importance of having working smoke alarms in every home and business.

"The Tasmania Fire Service recommends that all businesses have working smoke alarms or other fire detection systems installed in their premises. Smoke alarms are your best chance at early detection of a fire, and early detection reduces the risk of death or injury, and damage to property as a result of fire," he said.

Tasmania Fire Service investigators worked with an electrical inspector to determine the fire was caused by an electrical fault in a light fitting.



Tasmania Fire Service

15 new firefighters join the ranks of the Tasmania Fire Service

Date: 3 Nov 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

15 firefighters joined the ranks of the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) at the 2017 graduation ceremony held today at the Cambridge Training Complex. Tasmania's newest firefighters will be on station from next week in Hobart, Launceston Devonport and Burnie.

Chief Officer Chris Arnol said the 15 graduating trainees were selected from a pool of over 1000 applicants 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 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 the Tasmanian community," Mr Arnol said.

"The investment in these 15 firefighters further enhances our response capacity for structural, hazmat, road crash, specialist rescue and bushfire incidents."

Trainee Development Course Manager, Station Officer Richard Onn said the graduates maintained high standards throughout the course and forged strong relationships and a cohesive team.

"The 15 graduating firefighters completed 15 weeks of comprehensive training to prepare them for their new roles. The training requires them to quickly form a bond with each other and work together as a crew, just as they would on-station," said Mr Onn.

"They have also had some unique experiences such as a visit to the Paediatric Unit of the Royal Hobart Hospital, and the opportunity to support crews at a structure fire and a vegetation fire.".

Graduating firefighter Cassie Barnes, 30, studied Antarctic Science, then set her mind to becoming a firefighter three years ago when she decided she wanted a career that was meaningful and hands-on.

Cassie said she felt supported from the first moment she walked in the door.

"The first time I walked into a physical assessment day during the recruitment process, I was amazed at the encouragement and support provided by firefighters to complete strangers undergoing the testing phase. That reinforced my desire to join TFS as a firefighter and become part of an organisation known for its supportive culture and strong community values," Cassie said.

34-year-old Simon Moore left his career in education behind to pursue his dream of being a firefighter.

"To me, the opportunity to be a firefighter always seemed like a pipe dream. That was until I realised that everything I had learned through my military and education careers was applicable to the role of a firefighter.

"Joining TFS feels like a culmination of all the skills, values and experiences I have had throughout my life, rather than a complete change in direction," Simon said.

"The course has filled our toolkits with knowledge and capabilities, but most of all prepared us for a career of lifelong learning and constant improvement."

During the ceremony today, Firefighter Marc Danieletto was awarded the honour of Dux of Trainee Development Course 2017.

The graduation of these trainees brings the total number of career firefighters in Tasmania to 312 full-time equivalents.



Tasmania Fire Service

St. Helens fire currently contained

Date: 31 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has lifted community alerts in place in relation to a fire at St. Helens on the states East Coast.

Favourable weather has aided fire crews to contain the fire and strengthen containment lines.

Incident Controller Rob Buck praised fire crews for their hard work in containing the fire but warned that the public should not become complacent.

"Fire crews have worked immensely hard during the last few days and we are confident that the fire doesn't currently pose any immediate risk to the public"

Although community alerts have been removed and the fire is currently contained, there is still potential with the right conditions for the fire to flare up. We will not be considering the fire fully extinguished until we receive significant rainfall, which may not be for several months". Mr. Buck said.

Firefighting activities and patrols will remain in place for several days in order to identify and extinguish hotspots on the fire edge and deal with any unexpected outbreaks of fire if they occur.

Tasmania Fire Service says that smoke will still be visible around the St. Helens area for several days.

The fire, 5 kilometres to the west of St Helens was first reported 2 weeks ago has burned over 7500 hectares of steep and mostly inaccessible terrain.

The fire had previously threatened communities at Terryvale Road, Goshen, when an Emergency Warning was put in place on Friday 20th October and a Watch and Act Alert was issued for Powers Road and Siamese Road, Pyengana on Monday 23rd October.

Current Situation:

There is no immediate threat. Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania fire crews are working on the fire with support from State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police.

Smoke may be visible around the East Coast area.

Firefighters continue to make significant progress on the fire which currently remains behind containment lines 5 kilometres to the west of St Helens.

The fire is burning in rugged terrain, through a mix of public and private land. Firefighters will continue to strengthen containment lines and extinguish the fire over the coming days.

The northern section of the fire is near Terryvale Road. The southern section of the fire is in the vicinity of Holloways Hill.

The main focus of firefighting activity today will be to locate and extinguish identified hot spots around the perimeter of the fire.

Moderate fire danger levels are predicted for the day.

Firefighting operations are expected to continue for a several days.

What to do:

People in the area should keep up to date by listening to ABC Local Radio or look at the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.

Well prepared homes are defendable in these conditions.

If you are not prepared for a bushfire, think about leaving for a safe place if conditions get worse.

If your family has made a bushfire survival plan, check it now.

Where possible, residents are strongly encouraged to reduce the bushfire risk on their properties and take steps to ensure their properties are prepared.

Community Information:

For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website: http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

For information about protecting your health during smoky conditions go to http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/alerts/air/bushfire_smoke

For information on track and reserve closures, please visit Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania website http://www.parks.tas.gov.au and select 'Track and Reserve Closures'



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire crews use favourable conditions to gain upper hand on St Helens bushfire

Date: 30 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Fire crews will today use cooler weather conditions to consolidate containment lines to bring a bushfire burning near St. Helens under control.

The fire which is currently still at Advice level was first reported almost 2 weeks ago has burnt through over 7500 hectares of mostly inaccessible terrain and has repeatedly threatened properties around the coastal community. The fire has threatened communities at Terryvale Road, Goshen, when an Emergency Warning was put in place on Friday 20th October and a Watch and Act Alert was issued for Powers Road and Siamese Road, Pyengana on Monday 23rd October.

Operations Officer Lionel Poole praised crews who worked hard to contain the fire during warm and windy weather over the past weekend.

"All current containment lines held over the weekend with no uncontrolled outbreaks of fire which is a testament to the hard work or both ground and air crews have put in over the past several days"

We will use the next few days to strengthen those containment lines and bring unburnt areas of the fire out to safe edges". Mr. Poole

Tasmania Fire Service says that although conditions and fire behaviour have moderated, there will still be a heavy presence of firefighters allocated to the St. Helens fire and smoke may be visible for several weeks.

Incident Controller John Hazzlewood said the TFS will remain vigilant and asked the public to do the same.

"Conditions are very dry and will remain that way until we experience significant rainfall. We still have a long fire season ahead of us and we will not be taking any chances and scaling down our presence until the fire is deemed safe".

That will be done with a combination of back burning, ground and specialist remote area crews as well as aerial support" Mr. Hazzelwood said.

TFS thanked the local community and for its support so far in heeding their advice and warnings but asked the community to remain on alert as conditions can change quickly.

'Thor', the Large Air Tanker brought into the state to assist with firefighting efforts on the fire was utilised Friday afternoon to successfully help consolidate containment lines on the southern boundary of the fire. The aircraft and its support crew left the state yesterday.

Current Bushfire Advice.

There is no immediate threat. Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania fire crews are working on the fire.

Fire under these conditions can be difficult to control

Firefighters have made significant progress on the fire which currently remains behind containment lines. Forecast weather for today predicts gusty conditioss which may see an increase in smoke around the East Coast. People should not be alarmed, but must be vigilant.

Firefighters will continue to strengthen containment lines and extinguish the fire over the coming days.

What to do:

People in Upper Scamander area should keep up to date by listening to ABC Local Radio or look at the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.

Well prepared homes are defendable in these conditions.

If you are not prepared for a bushfire, think about leaving for a safe place if conditions get worse.

If your family has made a bushfire survival plan, check it now.

Where possible, residents are strongly encouraged to reduce the bushfire risk on their properties and take steps to ensure their properties are prepared.

Community Information:

For information on current road closures, please visit the Tasmania Police website: http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/

For information about protecting your health during smoky conditions go to http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/alerts/air/bushfire_smoke

For information on track and reserve closures, please visit Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania website http://www.parks.tas.gov.auand select 'Track and Reserve Closures'



Sustainable Timber Tasmania Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Media Info ONLY

Date: 27 Oct 2017 - 12:00am Contact: Paul Symington Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Hi all,

The St Helens fire is in rugged terrain and not easily accessible for media to take photos. Attached are photo's that you are welcome to use. Please credit and photo's to Tasmania Fire Service.

Regards,



Tasmania Fire Service

Interstate Air Tanker Deployed to St Helens

Date: 27 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

'Thor', the Large Air Tanker bought into the state to assist with firefighting efforts on a fire at St. Helens on Tasmania's East Coast will be utilised this afternoon to help consolidate containment lines on the southern boundary of the fire, prior to increasing fire danger over the coming weekend.

TFS State Controller Jeremy Smith says the public should not be alarmed at the presence of the air tanker in the sky.

"Plans have been in place for a few days now to potentially utilise aerial retardant drops to help contain the fire" Mr. Smith says.

"The air tanker is making strategic retardant drops to help link containment lines in inaccessible areas ahead of the fire.

Meanwhile, Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police Investigators have deemed the cause of the Argonaut Road Fire, near St. Helens to be accidental, having emanated from a burn-off undertaken by a private landowner on private property some weeks ago.

The burn-off appeared to have been extinguished at the time but heat was retained and the fire has reignited.

State Fire Controller Jeremy Smith has urged land owners to check recent burns involving heavy fuels such as logs and other heavy fuels as there is a significant potential that due to the dry conditions these fires, contrary to how they appear, may not be fully extinguished and may reignite under some conditions.

"Large heaps should be broken up by use of machinery and extinguished fully. Log heaps and other heavy fuels should never be pushed up as this buries fuel and can retain heat for extended durations" Mr. Smith said.

On 25th October, TFS declared a Fire Permit Period for all Southern and three Northern Region municipalities. However due to TFS Resources already being heavily committed as well as high and very high fire danger ratings being experienced across the Northern and Southern regions, TFS have since issued a temporary ban on the issuing of fire permits.

For information on whether a fire permit is required in your area visit www.fire.tas.gov.au or free call 1800 000 699.

A fact sheet is available on the different types of water additives, including retardants which are used in bushfire fighting in Tasmania. The information sheet is available in the publications section of the TFS Website.

Current St Helens fire situation:

There is a bushfire at Argonaut Road, St Helens.

There is no immediate threat. Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania fire crews are working on the fire.

Fire under these conditions can be difficult to control.

The fire is progressively being contained 10 kilometres to the west of St Helens in rugged terrain, through a mix of public and private land. The northern section of the fire is near Terryvale road and the southern section is in the vicinity of Holloways Hill. Containment lines and fallback options are progressing around the perimeter of the fire. Edges of the fire have been prioritised to reduce risk of fire runs to the east, south, and west.

Moderate fire danger weather is forecast for this morning, with high levels during this afternoon. Given the predicted weather conditions, smoke may increase and ash may start to fall over Upper Scamander and surrounding towns. People should not be alarmed, but must be vigilant.

Firefighting operations are expected to continue for a number of weeks.

What to do:

People in Terryvale Road, Goshen should keep up to date by listening to ABC Local Radio or look at the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.

Well prepared homes are defendable in these conditions.

If you are not prepared for a bushfire, think about leaving for a safe place if conditions get worse.

If your family has made a bushfire survival plan, check it now.

Where possible, residents are strongly encouraged to reduce the bushfire risk on their properties and take steps to ensure their properties are prepared.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Service praises its firefighters ahead of tough weekend.

Date: 26 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service has heaped praise on its firefighters and support staff, the majority of whom are volunteers for their work in trying to contain a bushfire burning for over a week at St. Helens on the states East Coast.

The fire, which is currently at 'Advice' Level was first reported 9 days ago has burnt through 7350 hectares of mostly inaccessible terrain and has repeatedly threatened properties around the coastal community. The fire has threatened communities at Terryvale Road, Goshen, where an Emergency Warning was put in place on Friday 20th October and a Watch and Act Alert for Powers Road and Siamese Road, Pyengana on Monday 23rd October. On Friday the fire came within 50 metres of homes and property.

State Fire Controller Jeremy Smith said that firefighters have and will continue to work tirelessly to control the fire but warned the public to remain vigilant with predicted High and Very High fire danger predicted on the East Coast this weekend.

"A coordinated response has seen Tasmania Fire Service firefighters in conjunction with Parks and Wildlife and Sustainable Timbers Tasmania travel from all over the state to help control the fire under testing conditions. We are very proud and the public should be very grateful" Mr. Smith said.

The TFS is deploying significant additional resources to prevent the fire impacting on coastal communities in the vicinity of St Helens, Upper Scamander, Trout Creek and surrounds.

"We need communities to be prepared and aware of the fire situation which may change very quickly."

People who may be having an extended long weekend with the Hobart Show Day Public Holiday or are travelling to St Helens and surrounds are strongly encouraged to be aware of the fire situation, as localised weather is affecting the fires behaviour and things may change quickly.

"We encourage people to have their Bushfire Survival Plan in place and if people have not prepared their properties we need them to do so now".

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, however it is not the result of a burn under the Fuel Reduction Program.

The Tasmania Fire Service will provide regular updates and people are encouraged to listen to ABC Radio and check the TFS website for advice and warnings, www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Community Meetings - St Helens Bushfire

Date: 26 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Paul Symington Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmanian Fire Service and Break O'Day Council will deliver a bushfire information session at Scamander, Beaumaris and St Marys. Information will include:
- an update on the current fire situation,
- what the fire is likely to do over the next few days,
- ensuring residents and visitors know what to expect and are prepared.

Details are:
Friday 27 October

Beaumaris at the public playground, 3pm. Access off Beaumaris Avenue off the Tasman Hwy after Surfside Hotel

Scamander at the River mouth foreshore, 5.30pm. Next to the Scamander River Mouth Caf just over the bridge heading towards St Marys on the Fore shore

Saturday 28 October

St Marys at St Marys Hall, 9am. Main Street St Marys next to the Escape Gallery

Prepare - Act - Survive



Tasmania Fire Service

Bushfire danger to increase with east coast communities on Friday and Saturday, TFS implementing aggressive strategies to protect communities

Date: 25 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The Tasmania Fire Service is implementing aggressive fire control strategies for a bushfire originating at Argonaut Road, St Helens.

At this stage high fire danger ratings are predicted on Thursday and Friday with very high fire danger ratings predicted for Saturday. The TFS is deploying significant additional resources to prevent the fire impacting on coastal communities in the vicinity of St Helens, Upper Scamander, Trout Creek and surrounds.

A robust options analysis has been completed for the fire that has now burnt more than 7500 hectares in over a week in very difficult terrain.

"Our incident management teams and firefighters from Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Sustainable Timber Tasmania and local government have been working hard to bring the fire under control," said State Fire Controller Jeremy Smith.

"Our priorities are to protect people, communities and property."

"The aggressive strategy may involve the use of a Large Air Tanker (C130) from New South Wales for aerial retardant runs, with a focus on protecting communities south of St Helens including Upper Scamander and Trout Creek."

The fire has threatened communities at Terryvale Road, Goshen, where an Emergency Warning was put in place on Friday 20th October and a Watch and Act Alert for Powers Road and Siamese Road, Pyengana on Monday 23rd October. On Friday the fire came within 50 metres of homes and property.

Mr Smith said that "the fire is unpredictable and due to the long term dryness and steep terrain of the bush we have concerns it may take a run on Friday or Saturday, potentially impacting communities".

"We need communities to be prepared and aware of the fire situation which may change very quickly."

People who may be having an extended long weekend with the Hobart Show Day Public Holiday or are travelling to St Helens and surrounds are strongly encouraged to be aware of the fire situation, as localised weather is affecting the fires behaviour and things may change quickly.

"We encourage people to have their Bushfire Survival Plan in place and if people have not prepared their properties we need them to do so now".

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, however it is not the result of a burn under the Fuel Reduction Program.

The Tasmania Fire Service will provide regular updates and people are encouraged to listen to ABC Radio and check the TFS website for advice and warnings, www.fire.tas.gov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Re-issued: Declaration of Fire Permit Period - southern region and parts of northern region

Date: 24 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Deputy Chief Officer Jeremy Smith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) has declared a Fire Permit Period from midnight tomorrow night (Wednesday 25 October 2017) for all Southern and three Northern Region municipalities.

Southern municipalities Northern municipalities
Brighton
Central Highlands
Clarence
Derwent Valley
Glamorgan/Spring Bay
Glenorchy
Hobart
Huon Valley
Kingborough
Sorell
Southern Midlands
Tasman
Break O'Day
Dorset
Northern Midlands

TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol said with the bushfire season officially here it is time to put the appropriate protections in place for people wishing to burn on their property.

"Last week saw the official start of the bushfire season with multiple bushfires in the south and north east of the state which were difficult to control and required heavy resourcing. This declaration has been made giving consideration to the bushfire season outlook and the dry conditions we are currently experiencing after below average rainfall over winter," Mr Arnol said.

The declaration of the Fire Permit period is a way of reducing the likelihood of escaped fires and enables TFS to monitor fire in the landscape.

"Landowners who wish to continue to conduct burns are still encouraged to do so. However they are now required to go through the simple process of obtaining a fire permit from a local fire permit officer, which offers a certain level of protection when landowners adhere to the fire permit's conditions," 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 for additional 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

Declaration of Fire Permit Period - southern region and parts of northern region

Date: 24 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Acting Deputy Regional Chief Jeremy Smith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) has declared a Fire Permit Period from midnight tomorrow night (Wednesday 25 October 2017) for all Southern and three Northern Region municipalities.

Southern municipalities Northern municipalities

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

Break O'Day
Dorset
Northern Midlands

TFS Chief Officer Chris Arnol said with the bushfire season officially here it is time to put the appropriate protections in place for people wishing to burn on their property.

"Last week saw the official start of the bushfire season with multiple bushfires in the south and north east of the state which were difficult to control and required heavy resourcing. This declaration has been made giving consideration to the bushfire season outlook and the dry conditions we are currently experiencing after below average rainfall over winter," Mr Arnol said.

The declaration of the Fire Permit period is a way of reducing the likelihood of escaped fires and enables TFS to monitor fire in the landscape.

"Landowners who wish to continue to conduct burns are still encouraged to do so. However they are now required to go through the simple process of obtaining a fire permit from a local fire permit officer, which offers a certain level of protection when landowners adhere to the fire permit's conditions," 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 for additional 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

Statewide fire situation update 1330hrs

Date: 18 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6230 8424

STATEWIDE UPDATE:

Tasmania Fire Service is currently responding to 15 bushfires across the northern and southern Tasmania.

The Fire Danger Rating is currently High in all areas except the North West. It is expected that the rating will increase to Very High later today. Fires that start today will be difficult to control and we will respond as many resources as possible to any new fires that start to get them under control quickly.

A 'Hot Day Response' has been initiated in the south which means any new fires will automatically be attended by two brigades initially.

Aircraft are strategically pre-positioned at Gretna and Cambridge.

There will be no Tasmania Fire Service fuel reduction program burns in Tasmania today.

There is currently no major threat to property however the Tasmanian community is asked to keep themselves informed in case conditions change by monitoring ABC Local Radio and the Tasmania Fire Service Website - www.fire.tas.gov.au

Members of the public are strongly encouraged to be prepared for today's conditions, including having a Bushfire Survival Plan. More information about developing a plan can be found at www.fire.tas.gov.au

Three fires are currently at Advice level.

Proctors Road, Kingston
Start date: Sunday 16 October 2017
This fire is at Advice level.
Size of the fire: 226ha
The fire is burning between Hobart and Kingston on the western side of the southern outlet. Following back-burning and bulldozer operations yesterday, the fire is under control. Seven crews will remain on site patrolling the fire until dark, with patrols continuing through the night.
There is no threat to property at this stage.

Argonaut Road, Saint Helens
Start date: Tuesday 17 October 2017
This fire is at Advice level.
Size of the fire: 625ha
The fire is 10km west of St Helens along Argonaut Road heading in a southerly direction. The fire is currently uncontained. 3 aircraft will be working on this fire throughout the day, along with the 10 crews currently in attendance.
There is no threat to property at this stage.

Mudwalls Road, Jericho
Start date: Tuesday 17 October 2017
This fire is at Advice level due to smoke in the area of Rhyndaston, Lovely Banks Road and Colebrook.
Size of fire: 45ha
The fire is being brought under control by 4 fire crews and will be monitored closely.



Tasmania Fire Service

MESSAGE FOR BROADCAST - plea to property owners

Date: 18 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Andrew McGuinness Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The Tasmania Fire Service pleads with Tasmanians in the North, East and South of the state not to light up fuel reduction burns on their properties for the next 24 hours. Unfavourable fire weather conditions mean any fires lit today is likely to get out of control and result in a vegetation fire.

We also urge anyone who has had a burn going on their property in the last 72 hours to continue to monitor that area to ensure the fire is properly extinguished and not at risk of reignition.

Members of the public are strongly encouraged to be prepared for today's conditions, including having a bushfire survival plan.



Tasmania Fire Service

Urban Fire Suppression Training - media opportunity

Date: 17 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: 6173 2973

Tasmania's firefighters are currently undergoing a leading-edge training program bringing them back to the basics of structural firefighting.

The training is being delivered state-wide to career and volunteer firefighters who currently hold qualifications in urban fire suppression.

Urban Fire Suppression Project Coordinator, Station Officer Rick Mahnken said this training brings firefighters up to speed with contemporary practice.

"Firefighting has changed considerably over the past fifty years. Buildings are constructed differently using a wide range of more flammable materials and the average home contains modern furnishings which burn hotter and faster and release a cocktail of toxic gases. With the addition of more televisions, furnishings and toys in the average home, a fire in a room progresses to a room on fire, or flashover much faster. Because of these factors, we have learned to adjust our techniques and rely upon the language of fire to inform our tactics.

"Firefighters are also now equipped with modern protective clothing that encapsulates the whole body, providing necessary protection, but essentially dulling their senses. This training brings firefighters back to the roots of their training, refreshing their awareness of the dangers around them, using their instincts and knowledge, rather than relying on what they may or may not be physically experiencing.

"One of the advancements in the science of fire is the recognition that in addition to the two fire behaviours of backdraft and flashover, fire gas ignition can occur. The practice in the past has been to not waste water on smoke. We now know that smoke burns (fire gas ignition), therefore needs to be controlled with water when fighting a fire in a structure

The training uses custom built training props (cells) that simulate the types of environment firefighters can be expected to encounter during internal structural firefighting. The cells are constructed utilising shipping containers configured to what interstate jurisdictions are utilising.

The training program has been developed in partnership with Fire and Rescue NSW Urban Firefighting College and includes a wide range of world's best practice urban fire tactics. Behaviours and tactics the course covers include backdraft, flashover and fire gas ignition. The training also covers the decontamination procedure for firefighters who may have been exposed to potentially toxic materials and chemicals while fighting urban fires.

The training is being held at the Australian Maritime College and by the end of this week 100 firefighters will have completed the training, with more training planned in 2018.

Media are invited to observe the training and conduct interviews

Vision: Firefighters entering a burn cell (shipping container)
Location: Bell Bay Fire Station (Old Bell Bay Road, Bell Bay)
Date: Tuesday 17 October 2017
Time: 1:30pm
On-site contact/interview: Station Officer Rick Mahnken



Tasmania Fire Service

Tasmanians encouraged to get bushfire-ready

Date: 12 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

As we move into the warmer months many Tasmanian communities have been participating in the Tasmania Fire Service Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods (BRN) program.

The BRN program recognises that individuals, communities and government all share the responsibility to prevent, prepare, respond and recover from bushfires.

"Tasmania is one of the most bushfire-prone places in the world and now is the time for people to prepare their properties and get bushfire ready," Community Development Coordinator Peter Middleton said.

"Bushfire-Ready Neighbourhoods events are a great way for communities to learn how to help each other and themselves. Attendees will learn how to write a bushfire survival plan, which helps prepare their homes and teaches what to do if a bushfire approaches. Writing and practising a bushfire survival plan will help people think through the actions logically, give them something to refer to and can help control fear and anxiety if a bushfire breaks out nearby.

"Over the past few weeks hundreds of Tasmanians have participated in bushfire ready activities in our communities in Sandford, Dolphins Sands, Collinsvale and Rowella. Bunnings stores state-wide also jumped on board and have held several bushfire ready events.

"Our programs really help communities build resilience and prepare for the upcoming bushfire season. Research has found that households that participate in our programs are significantly more prepared which is great news," Mr Middleton said.

Bushfire-ready events coming up this week include Bruny Island and New Norfolk. Details about these events are available on the Tasmanian Fire Service Facebook page or on our website at www.fire.tas.gov.au/brn.

"All Tasmanians, regardless of where they live, are encouraged to understand the risks they face and explore options well in advance of the bushfire season."

For more information about the BRN program and upcoming events visit www.fire.tas.gov.au/brn or contact 1800 000 699.

Peter Middleton - Coordinator Community Development is available for interview regarding the program and upcoming bushfire-ready events by contacting DPFEM Media and Communications.



Tasmania Fire Service

Arson Damages Pizza Shop

Date: 10 Oct 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Michael Goldsmith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Firefighters were called to a structure fire at 1 am this morning at Dino's Pizza Shop.

Upon arrival fire crews from Glenorchy, Claremont and Bridgewater found smoke coming from inside the pizza shop, flames were visible through the shopfront windows.

Firefighters gained entry to the building through the front window and were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

Once the smoke had cleared it became evident that the fire had originated from the counter area of the shop and caused approximately $230,000 damage.

Collaborative Investigations between the Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police will be undertaken this morning, at this point in time the cause is undetermined.

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

For further information contact

Michael Goldsmith

6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

House fire - Charles Street Moonah

Date: 29 Sep 2017 - 00:00 Contact: FireComm Phone: (03) 6230 8424

TFS crews are responding to a house fire on Charles Street Moonah, between Amy Street and Springfield Avenue. Three crews are in attendance and the aerial appliance has also been responded. The house is fully engulfed and is believed to be abandoned.

No further details are available at this time.



Tasmania Fire Service

Ship Fire

Date: 19 Sep 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Anthony Goss Phone: (03) 6230 8424

TFS crews from George Town, Bell Bay and Launceston responded to a ship fire at Tasports Bell Bay Road at approximately 4:21 am today.

After liaising with the ship's Captain and crew, firefighters boarded the ship to assist the ship's crew with fire suppression.

The crews were able to extinguish and contain the fire to the engine compartment of the ship. TFS crews remained on the scene throughout the morning to ventilate the smoke from the ship and conduct a fire investigation.

Initial investigations from the Tasmania Fire Service Fire Investigation Officer was able to determine that the fire had started from a generator located in the engine room.

Significant damage was sustained to one of the generators with smoke and hot gasses affecting the levels of the compartment above the location of the generators.

No injuries resulted from the incident.

We are unable to provide a financial estimate of the damage caused.



Tasmania Fire Service

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY - BUSHFIRE SEASON BRIEFINGS COMMENCE

Date: 13 Sep 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

The Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania are preparing for the potential of an early start to the bushfire season, with the first in a series of briefings and exercises starting today.

The annual multi-agency briefing is an opportunity for the three fire management agencies to provide crucial information about the upcoming bushfire to key stakeholders.

"This briefing will ensure emergency services personnel from all fire agencies are able to brief stakeholders with up-to-date information about what to expect this fire season to assist in the shared responsibility of preparedness," Chief Officer Chris Arnol said.

"Early forecasts indicate Tasmania may face an early start to the fire season due to dry conditions, so it is absolutely crucial that our key stakeholders in emergency response are well prepared and well informed.

"The briefings provide an opportunity to understand the environment that fire agencies are facing state-wide, and provide an awareness of the progress made since last bushfire season to mitigate risk and improve response. Attendees will also be provided with the seasonal outlook and a policy and procedural update," said Mr Arnol.

Attendees will include representatives from local government and state government departments, emergency services, Bureau of Meteorology and the State Fire Management Council, who all play a role in mitigating and planning for bushfires, as well as bushfire response.

The Tasmania Fire Service has planned 15 briefings and 5 exercises state-wide in the coming weeks.

WHEN: TODAY Wednesday 13 September 2017
TIME:Vision opportunity from 12:15, interviews from 12:30pm (Chris Arnol - TFS & Paul Black - PWS)
WHERE:Tramsheds, Inveresk



Tasmania Fire Service

For information only - Training Exercise - University of Tasmania

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

Tasmania Fire Service personnel will participate in a training exercise this evening at the University of Tasmania's Sandy Bay campus (Old Commerce Building, French Street). This exercise is part of the 2017 Trainee Firefighter Development Program.

This is a training exercise only and the community should not be alarmed by the presence of fire trucks and firefighters in the area between 7pm and 10pm.

This notification is for public information and is not an invitation for media to attend.

If you require further information, contact Emma McGrath.



Tasmania Fire Service

2017/18 Bushfire Season Outlook

Date: 5 Sep 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

The Tasmania Fire Service is urging Tasmanians to prepare for an early start to the bushfire season following release of the Southern Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook today.
The Outlook, released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) says Tasmania will experience 'above normal fire potential' on the East Coast, the Derwent Valley and the South East corner, and 'normal fire potential' for the remainder of the state due to a lack of rainfall, soil dryness and high fuel loads.

The BNHCRC Outlook for Tasmania states:

'Despite significant floods during the winter of 2016 in many catchments, long term underlying dryness continues in some parts of Tasmania. Most of the state has received below average rainfall during 2017, with recent months very dry, especially in the south and east. Soil moisture levels are still well below normal in some places and significant rain would be required to recharge these soils. Tasmania is expecting above normal fire potential in the South, in the Derwent Valley and in the East, along the coastal strip. The fire season will commence early in these areas, and subject to spring conditions may produce significant fires. The remainder of Tasmania is classified as normal fire potential.'

Tasmania Fire Service Acting Deputy Chief Jeff Harper said the seasonal outlook highlights the need for Tasmanians to be prepared.

"Communities on the East Coast, Derwent Valley and South East corner of Tasmania are expected to experience significant, wind-driven bushfires as early as October. The remaining areas of the state have a normal potential for bushfires. Normal for Tasmania means we will have bushfires that will threaten communities. We expect to have several Total Fire Ban days this spring and summer.

"Tasmania is a bushfire prone area, and it is normal for us to experience significant fires. What's important is that we use the information released today to plan and prepare.

"The Tasmania Fire Service and other fire agencies are gearing up for bushfire season now. It is important that we start early this season rather than risk leaving preparations to the last minute when it's too late.

"The TFS has so far developed 100 Bushfire Protection Plans for individual communities. We encourage Tasmanians to visit the website and check if there is a Community Protection Plan for your area, and use the resources available to develop your own Bushfire Survival Plan. The important thing is to know the local bushfire risk and the options available and plan what you will do if there is a bushfire," Mr Harper said.

A number of factors are taken into account when modeling bushfire risk; including soil dryness, fuel types and fuel loads. The Tasmania Fire Service and partner agencies will continue to monitor conditions and review the outlook towards the end of spring.

For information about preparing your property visit www.fire.tas.gov.au.

For information about the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook visit www.bhncrc.com.au.



Tasmania Fire Service

MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF OFFICER

Deputy Chief Officer Gavin Freeman

Date: 31 Aug 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

It is with mixed feelings I advise that Mr Gavin Freeman has tendered his resignation as Deputy Chief Officer of the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS).

Gavin will shortly commence a new role as Deputy Chief Officer (Urban) of the Country Fire Authority in Victoria.

Gavin has made a significant contribution to the Tasmanian community throughout his 32-year career with the TFS.

Commencing with Hobart Fire Brigade in 1985, Gavin has worked in many areas within the TFS including; Learning and Development, various Districts across the state and the State Operations unit. Gavin was promoted to District Officer in 1998, Deputy Regional Chief in 2009 and Deputy Chief Officer in 2010.

During his career, Gavin has commanded many significant incidents both in Tasmania and interstate. He was Incident Controller for the 2007 Myer fire in Hobart and worked as an Incident Controller during the Victorian bushfires of 2009. In 2000 and 2003, Gavin traveled to North America and worked on Incident Management teams in Montana. In 2013, Gavin was State Controller for the devastating January bushfires and also undertook a secondment as Advisor, Operations and Interoperability to the Victorian Fire Services Commissioner. In 2016 Gavin led Tasmanian fire agencies through the extended fire campaign that impacted upon many parts of Tasmania while acting in the role of Chief Officer.

On a personal note, Gavin and I started our careers as firefighters in the same recruit course 32 years ago. Together we have seen many changes in our organisation, and it has been a privilege to work with him for that time and for him to now be my Deputy. His expertise is Tasmania's loss and Victoria's gain.

Gavin's last day with the Tasmania Fire Service will be Friday 22nd September. We wish him all the best.

Chris Arnol
Chief Officer



Tasmania Fire Service

House fire in Pine Avenue deemed accidental

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

At 12.30 am this morning the Tasmania Fire Service received a triple zero call from the occupant of 34 Pine Avenue Kingston to report that her house was on fire. Firefighters from Kingston and Hobart arrived a short time later to find half of the house alight.

Police were already on the scene when brigades arrived and had located the occupant but were unsuccessful in their efforts to rescue her due to the intensity of the smoke and flames.

Volunteer firefighters from Kingston Fire Brigade entered the house and rescued a 58 year old woman who was the sole occupant of the house. The woman was transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital and has since been transported to The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne where it is understood she remains in a critical condition.

TFS Fire Investigation Officer Matthew Lowe attended the scene this morning and has determined that the fire was accidental and caused by a mechanical or electrical fault within a heat pump unit.

It is believed a smoke alarm alerted the resident to the fire and allowed her to alert the Tasmania Fire Service.

"The Tasmania Fire Service strongly recommends that homes are fitted with working smoke alarms in every sleeping area.

"You can't smell smoke when you are asleep, so you are relying on your other senses to alert you if there is a fire," Mr Lowe said.

Damage to the property is estimated to be $250,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

MEDIA ALERT - TFS personnel deployed to Canada arrive home today

Date: 25 Aug 2017 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

Two specialist Tasmania Fire Service personnel who were deployed to Canada to assist with the wildfire effort will arrive back in Hobart today after a 42-day deployment.

Rochelle Richards and Neil Brooksbank are two of five TFS personnel who have been deployed to assist Canadian authorities.

Rochelle is the Planning Manager for TFS' Fuel Reduction Unit and has provided her expertise in Canada as a Fire Behaviour Analyst. Neil is a District Officer with TFS and was an Incident Controller role in an Incident Management Team.

Both are experts in their field and provided valuable expertise to Canadian authorities.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY

Rochelle and Neil will be available for interview at Hobart Airport this afternoon.

Please meet at the Hobart Airport check-in area at 2:45pm

Flight number: VA 1324 Arrival: 2:55pm



Tasmania Fire Service

House fire in Pine Avenue, Kingston

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

At 12.30 am this morning crews from Kingston and Hobart were alerted to a fire at 34 Pine Avenue, Kingston.

On arrival they found half the building on fire with flames coming from the windows.

Firefighters quickly located and rescued the sole occupant of the house. She was transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital in critical condition.

Firefighters have kept watch at the house and the TFS Fire Investigator will be examining the scene today to determine the cause.



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.