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1. STRUCTURE FIRE - Lamont Street, Invermay Release Date: 2016-12-07
2. Freycinet Lodge Fire Release Date: 2016-12-05
3. Update on Warrane Shed Fire Release Date: 2016-11-30
4. Shed Fire in Warrane Release Date: 2016-11-30
5. Structure Fire in Murray Street Release Date: 2016-11-25
6. Busy Afternoon for Firefighters in States South Release Date: 2016-11-11
7. Structure Fire - Elwick Road Release Date: 2016-11-11
8. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Wombat Glen Release Date: 2016-11-10
9. Fire at Devonport Aged Care Facility Release Date: 2016-11-08
10. Fire Investigators On Scene at Carlton House Fire Release Date: 2016-11-01
11. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Mount Faulkner near Granton Release Date: 2016-10-29
12. New firefighters join ranks of Tasmania Fire Service Release Date: 2016-10-28
13. FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Big Boggy, Gladstone Release Date: 2016-10-25
14. Structure Fire - Morse Street, Montello Release Date: 2016-10-22
15. Fires Remind of Cooking Dangers Release Date: 2016-10-10
16. Fire Evacuates Community Health Centre Release Date: 2016-09-16
17. Spring fuel reduction program launches Release Date: 2016-08-26
18. MOONAH BUSINESS FIRE DEEMED ACCIDENTAL Release Date: 2016-08-10
19. Cause of Fire Under Investigation Release Date: 2016-08-10
20. Hobart Fires Keep Firefighters Busy Release Date: 2016-08-09
21. Sandy Bay House Fire Release Date: 2016-07-27
22. New Trainee Firefighters complete first week of training Release Date: 2016-07-22
23. Accidental House Fire Sparks Reminder Release Date: 2016-07-19
24. Man Lucky to Escape Explosion Release Date: 2016-07-07
25. Lucky escape in house fire Release Date: 2016-07-03
26. Firefighters save another life Release Date: 2016-07-02
27. High Rise Office Fire Release Date: 2016-05-15
28. End of Fire Permit Period for all Municipalities of Tasmania Release Date: 2016-04-05


Tasmania Fire Service

STRUCTURE FIRE - Lamont Street, Invermay

At 0312 this morning Tasmania Fire Service responded to 000 reports of an explosion and large fire at Launceston City Councils Parks & Recreation depot in Lamont Street, Invermay.

On arrival the first TFS crews found a two storey building to be fully engulfed. The building is understood to be an office/administration complex for the LCC.
Three Toyota Hiace vans used by Landcare that were parked adjacent to the building were also severely damaged by radiant heat from the fire.

Four units from Launceston, Rocherlea and Prospect were dispatched to the incident with 16 firefighters combating the incident at the height of the blaze.
Investigations will begin this morning to determine the cause and origin of the fire. An early estimate of dollar loss would be approximately $500, 000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Freycinet Lodge Fire

At 9pm on Saturday night fire crews responded to a structure fire at Freycinet Lodge Coles Bay. On arrival crews located and extinguished a fire in an internal wall cavity in the kitchen area.

The location of the fire made extinguishment difficult, and without the quick actions of the Coles Bay Volunteer Brigade the damage would have been more extensive.

Early detection of the fire by the lodges alarm system and the well drilled actions of Lodge staff implementing their evacuation plan also ensured all guests were evacuated quickly.

The fire is estimated to have caused approximately $50,000 damage and was deemed accidental.

5 Dec 2016 - 00:00Contact

Date: 5 Dec 2016 - 00:00 : Matthew Lowe Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

Update on Warrane Shed Fire

At approx. 3pm today TFS crews were alerted to a shed fire in Erebus St, Warrane. On arrival crews found a large colour bond shed engulfed flames.

Station Officer Peter Tavasz said that the fire burnt quickly and fiercely due to the items stored in the shed.

Quick action by the fire fighters limited the major damage to the shed and its contents. No one was injured.

Fire crews are investigating the cause of the fire. The estimated cost of the damage is thought to be over $50,000

Date: 30 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

Shed Fire in Warrane

Two TFS fire crews are currently responding to a shed fire in Warrane.

Initial reports are that the shed is well alight. Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus are extinguishing the fire. No lives or other property is under threat at this stage.

People nearby are asked to exercise caution and to stay indoors and out of the smoke.

Further details to follow.

Date: 30 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire in Murray Street

At 11.08am today fire crews responded to a fire reported at 126 Murray Street.

On arrival fire crews discovered a fire close to a gas cylinder and the property it was connected to. Nearby occupants & businesses were evacuated while the fire was bought under control.

Station Officer Jarrod Read said the quick action by the TFS crew limited the damage to the gas cylinders and a small part of the adjoining property.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus searched the adjoining building to ensure the fire had not spread, the adjoining apartment experienced heat and smoke damage.

The Fire crew in consultation with gas and electrical representatives have made the area safe. Investigations into the cause have revealed it was accidental.

The cost of the damage is estimated to be $5000

Date: 25 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Darren Gye Phone: (03) 6230 8424



Tasmania Fire Service

Busy Afternoon for Firefighters in States South

Date: 11 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 2:10pm this afternoon, Tasmania Fire Service crews were alerted to a Structure Fire at a Bodyworks business in Elwick Road, Glenorchy.

Upon arrival, firefighters were faced with a large fire burning at the rear of the premise. Due to the nature of the business, there were early fears that some of the chemicals and flammable materials stored on site could explode.

Due to the quick actions of the public in notifying Tasmania Fire Service of the fire, and quick response, Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus were able to conduct an aggressive attack on the fire, containing it to the rear of the business and were able to stop the fire spreading into neighbouring properties and nearby chemical storage areas.

The black acrid smoke from the fire was visible for several kilometres.

Earlier in the afternoon, at approximately 1:30pm, Firefighters from career firefighters from Hobart and Glenorchy Fire Brigades responded to a report of a fire in an unoccupied house at McKellar Street, South Hobart. Upon arrival, firefighters were confronted with the building well alight, and due to concerns that the building may collapse, firefighters were unable to enter the building in the initial stages of the fire and were forced to fight the fire externally. The building was destroyed. Damage is estimated at approximately $150,000.

Both fires took around 1 hour for crews to extinguish

Tasmania Fire Service investigators are currently on-scene investigating the cause of both fires.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Elwick Road

Date: 11 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service crews are currently attending a structure fire in Elwick Road, Glenorchy. There are multiple Tasmania Fire Service vehicles on scene. Elwick Road is closed between Grove Road and King George V Avenue. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to avoid the area.

The fire is under control however smoke from the fire may still be present around the Elwick Road and Glenorchy area for quite some time.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.


Tasmania Fire Service

FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Wombat Glen

Weather permitting, the Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a fuel reduction burn on Thursday 10th November at Wombat Glen, as part of the state-wide Fuel Reduction Program which is aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.

The total area of this burn will be approximately 35 hectares, and is likely to take 1-2 days to complete. Smoke may persist some days afterward depending on wind conditions.
During burning operations public access to this area will be restricted. The public is asked to remain well out of the burn site while the burn is taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made along tracks and trails. Please comply with directions from staff or any signs if you are in the area.

While the fire intensity will be low, it will generate flames, smoke and ash. People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

Further information about this burn is available by contacting the Parks and Wildlife Service on
phone 0438 115 084. A map of planned burns is available on the TFS website at
www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colWhatsBurningNow



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire at Devonport Aged Care Facility

Date: 8 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Rob Whiteway Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 9.50am this morning, Tasmania Fire Service firefighters were called to a report of a Structure Fire at Baptcare Karingal Community Aged Care Facility, Devonport.

On arrival firefighters found a small fire in the bathroom of one of the units. The fire was quickly extinguished but not before it created approximately $20,000 damage.

"It could have been much worse if it wasn't for a working smoke alarm and the quick actions of staff at the centre alerting Tasmania Fire Service of the fire". Station Officer Rob Whiteway of Devonport Fire Brigade said.

The fire started due to a bathroom appliance being accidentally left on.



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Investigators On Scene at Carlton House Fire

Date: 1 Nov 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Acting District Officer Claudio Meunch Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service Fire Investigators are currently onsite at a property on Carlton River Road, Carlton investigating the cause of a fire where a house and vehicle were destroyed by fire yesterday evening.

At approximately 7:30pm, Tasmania Fire Service firefighters from Dodges Ferry, Primrose Sands, Midway Point and Orielton Brigades were alerted to the fire and upon arrival found the two story brick dwelling and a vehicle in the front yard fully ablaze.

It took crews just under an hour to control the fire and firefighters successfully stopped the large fire from spreading to adjoining properties.



Tasmania Fire Service

FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Mount Faulkner near Granton

The Tasmania Fire Service is continuing a fuel reduction burn which commenced on Wednesday 26th October at Mount Faulkner near Granton, as part of the state-wide Fuel Reduction Program which is aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.

Internal lighting is forecast to continue today, Saturday 29th October. Edge lighting has been completed and aerial ignition will be used to light the remaining areas.

The total area of this burn will be approximately 100 hectares.

Smoke may persist some days afterward depending on wind conditions.

During burning operations public access to this area will be restricted. The public is asked to remain well out of the burn site while the burn is taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made along tracks and trails. Please comply with directions from staff or any signs if you are in the area.

While the fire intensity will be low, it will generate flames, smoke and ash. People with medical conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au
Further information about this burn is available by contacting the Tasmania Fire Service on phone
1800 000 699 or email FRU@fire.tas.gov.au. A map of planned burns is available on the TFS
website at www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colWhatsBurningNow



Tasmania Fire Service

New firefighters join ranks of Tasmania Fire Service

Date: 28 Oct 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 6173 2973

8 firefighters joined the ranks of the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) at the 2016 graduation ceremony held today at the Cambridge Training Complex. Tasmania's newest firefighters will be on station from next week in Hobart, Devonport and Burnie.

Chief Officer Chris Arnol said the trainees have graduated to become part of a global family 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 recruit training is designed to equip our latest firefighters with a diverse range of skillsets and the knowledge they need to deliver the range of services TFS provides the Tasmanian community."

"The investment in these 8 firefighters further enhances our response capacity for structural, hazmat, road crash, specialist rescue and bushfire incidents," Mr Arnol said.

Trainee Development Course Manager, Acting Senior Station Officer Richard Onn said the graduates' drive to succeed in their new career was clear from their motivation levels and the high standards they maintained throughout the course.

"The 8 graduating firefighters completed 15 weeks of comprehensive training to prepare them for their new roles including hot fire training, hose drills, road crash rescue and HAZMAT.

"They have also has some unique experiences such as a visit to the Paediatric Unit of the Royal Hobart Hospital, and the opportunity to respond to a house fire to support the responding crews," said Acting Senior Station Officer Onn.

Graduating firefighter Anthony Cowles, 36, left his role as a General Manager of a travel company to pursue his dream of becoming a firefighter, inspired by almost losing his family home.

"I set my mind to joining the TFS after the Dunalley fires in 2013 came close to claiming my family's home in Connellys Marsh. The house was thankfully saved by my father and my family escaped unharmed, but the impact on the community was immeasurable and it stirred something in me to be part of that response.

"This event changed everything for me and set me on a completely different path to the corporate world," said Firefighter Cowles.

Joining the Snug Brigade a short time later, Firefighter Cowles worked hard to build up his physical fitness and was selected as one of the best and brightest in the comprehensive recruitment process.

During the ceremony today Firefighter Cowles was bestowed the honour of Dux of Trainee Development Course 2016.

The graduation of these trainees brings the total number of career firefighters in Tasmania to 306.



Tasmania Fire Service

FUEL REDUCTION BURN - Big Boggy, Gladstone

Weather permitting, the Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a fuel reduction burn on Tuesday 25th October at Big Boggy, as part of the state-wide Fuel Reduction Program which is aimed at reducing the bushfire risk to help protect lives and communities.

The total area of this burn will be approximately 11000 hectares, and is likely to take 1-2 days to complete. Smoke may persist some days afterward depending on wind conditions.
During burning operations public access to this area will be restricted. The public is asked to remain well out of the burn site while the burn is taking place and for the following days until safety checks have been made along tracks and trails. Please comply with directions from staff or any signs if you are in the area.

While the fire intensity will be low, it will generate flames, smoke and ash. People with medical
conditions are advised to have a personal plan for avoiding smoke from the burn. Advice is available from the Department of Health and Human Services website
www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/peh/alerts/air/precautions or www.asthmatas.org.au

Further information about this burn is available by contacting the Parks and Wildlife Service on
phone 1300 827 727. A map of planned burns is available on the TFS website at
www.fire.tas.gov.au/Show?pageId=colWhatsBurningNow



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire - Morse Street, Montello

Date: 22 Oct 2016 - 00:00 Contact: SO Viney Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At 0205 hours on Saturday morning the Burnie and Somerset Fire Brigades were called to a structure fire at MONTELLO.
A shed at the rear of the property was fully involved and had spread to the neighbouring properties double garage.

Two units from the Burnie Brigade extinguished the fire over a 40 minute period.

The fire was deemed to have started accidentally as a result of an ember or piece of wood escaping from an open chimney inside the building.

The residents of the property had been socialising in the shed and at the conclusion of the evening had returned to the main residence leaving the fire unattended and still burning in the chimney. The chimney did not have a screen in place to prevent sparks/logs from escaping.

The Tasmania Fire Service would like to remind the public of the need to ensure open fires are fully extinguished or that a suitable ember screen is in place before leaving such a fire unattended.

A simple $100 ember screen could save you thousands.

Damage from this fire is estimated to be approximately $28,000



Tasmania Fire Service

Fires Remind of Cooking Dangers

Date: 10 Oct 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Two incidents at opposite ends of the state over the weekend have sparked a warning from Tasmania Fire Service to not leave cooking unattended.

On Saturday morning, just before 4am fire crews from Glenorchy and Hobart attended a report of a Structure Fire in Elwick Road, Glenorchy. Upon arrival, firefighters found a heavily smoke logged house and an activating smoke alarm.

Firefighters had to force entry to the house, and whilst conducting a search they discovered a male occupant and removed him to safety. Ambulance Tasmania paramedics attended the scene however the man was not transported to hospital. The cause of the fire was investigated and deemed to be a pot left unattended on a stovetop.

On Sunday morning at approximately 3:40am, neighbours alerted Tasmania Fire Service to a smoke alarm activating and smell of smoke from a residence in Martin Street, Wynyard.
Upon arrival, Tasmania Fire Service crews from Wynyard, Burnie and Somerset found the residence full of thick smoke and during a search of the property; the male resident was located inside and bought to safety.

He was treated at the scene before being transported to hospital with smoke inhalation.

Once again, the cause was also a pot left unattended on the stove.

Tasmania Fire Service Station Officer Andrew Emery urged the public to understand the dangers of leaving cooking unattended.
"Make sure all cooking appliances are turned off, before turning away" Station Officer Emery said.
"You may get distracted, or fall asleep which can result in devastating consequences. In both these instances, if it hadn't been for a combination of a working smoke alarm, vigilant neighbours and a quick response and quick action from Tasmania Fire Service firefighters, the results could have been tragic in both cases".



Tasmania Fire Service

Fire Evacuates Community Health Centre

Date: 16 Sep 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Firefighter Brendan Plummer Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 9.25am on the morning of 16 September, the Tasmania Fire Service was alerted to report of a Structure Fire at the Glenorchy Community Health Centre in Terry Street, Glenorchy.
Occupants of the building were alerted to the fire by the buildings fire alarm system which aided them in quickly and safely evacuating the building.

Upon arrival, Glenorchy and Hobart Fire Brigade fire fighters were confronted with thick smoke in the upper levels of the 3 story building.

Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and quickly located and extinguished a fire on the first floor and stopped it spreading further.

Extensive smoke damage was caused by the fire with damage estimated at approximately $60,000. The cause of the fire was investigated by Fire Investigators from Tasmania Fire Service and was been deemed as accidental, with the cause being identified as a malfunctioning light in the ceiling which caught fire and dropped onto floor coverings, also setting them alight.



Tasmania Forestry Tasmania Fire Service Tasmania Parks

Spring fuel reduction program launches

Date: 26 Aug 2016 - 12:00am Contact: Emma McGrath Phone: (03) 61732973

Following a challenging bushfire season, fire authorities are commencing their spring fuel reduction programs to help make Tasmanian communities safer from the threat of bushfires. The first fuel reduction burn was conducted on Knocklofty Reserve today, and will continue over the weekend, weather permitting.

There are around 60 planned burns this season that will be conducted on both public and private land if and when the conditions are suitable. They will be prioritised on risk and appropriate conditions, with a focus on areas which pose the greatest risk of bushfire to communities.

Spring burning has some advantages, as surrounding fuels are often still wet. As summer approaches spring burns are carefully resourced to ensure they are extinguished prior to bad fire weather. Quite often spring is used to undertake edge lighting, preparing areas for full burning in the autumn months.

State Fire Management Council Chair and spokesperson for the Fuel Reduction Program, Ian Sauer, said there is extensive planning involved in each season's fuel reduction burns, to ensure maximum efficiency for the program.

"In Tasmania, we know all too well the devastating effects bushfires have, to both local communities and the economy, and while fire is a natural and fundamental part of our environment, the effects of an uncontrolled fire can be devastating," Mr Sauer said.

"Fuel reduction burning will not prevent bushfires from occurring, but the potential damage of fires will be reduced, making it easier and safer for firefighters to control fires.

"All planned burns are reliant on favourable weather conditions and we ensure we have appropriate resourcing to conduct the burns in an effective and safe manner.

"The planning process takes full consideration of important cultural, natural and social values such as threatened species and Aboriginal heritage, as well as key seasonal times for industries such as vineyards, to ensure negative outcomes are minimised.

"Every burn is carefully planned to minimise the risk to those carrying out the burn and surrounding communities, including the impact of smoke."

The Tasmanian Government has invested $28.5m in the four-year program which takes both a cross-tenure and multi-agency approach, and enables the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) to work efficiently alongside the Parks and Wildlife Service and Forestry Tasmania to oversee and provide critical information about fuel reduction burns to the public.

The TFS will provide a regularly updated schedule of fuel reduction burns through local media and online via the www.fire.tas.gov.au website, which features a map of planned and current burns.

Every effort is be made to reduce the impact of smoke, and the Fuel Reduction Unit works closely with the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania and the Department of Health and Human Services to communicate all fuel reduction burn information. The program follows the EPA's Smoke Management Guidelines and participates in the coordinated smoke management system.

Fuel reduction burns are planned to take place in the following areas, dependant on conditions:

South: Lenah Valley, Tolosa, Kingston, Sandy Bay, Ridgeway, Bushy Park, Brushy Hill, Orford, South Hobart, Montrose, Lachlan, Runnymede, Granton, Boyer, Bagdad, Coal River and Blackmans Bay.

North West: Latrobe, Devonport, Bakers Beach, Shearwater, Eugenana, Penguin, Ulverstone, Harford, Hellyer and Sisters Beach.

North: Scamander, St Marys, Bridport, Launceston, Lulworth, Grindelwald, Hillwood, George Town, Beaconsfield, Greens Beach, Weymouth and Four Mile Creek.



Tasmania Fire Service

MOONAH BUSINESS FIRE DEEMED ACCIDENTAL

Date: 10 Aug 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Regional Fire Investigator Matt Lowe Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Investigations into the fire which damaged three Moonah businesses have been completed.
Firefighters from Hobart and Glenorchy arrived to find the building well alight just after 11:15pm last night.
The cause of the fire has been deemed to be accidental and originated in an electrical switchboard.
Fire damage to the property containing a coffee shop and two laundry businesses was extensive and is estimated at approximately $700,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

Cause of Fire Under Investigation

Date: 10 Aug 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Fire Investigators are currently at the scene investigating the cause of a fire which affected businesses on Main Road in Moonah late last night.

Firefighters from Hobart and Glenorchy arrived to find the building well alight just after 11:15pm.

5 fire trucks attended, including the Tasmania Fire Service' hydraulic platform

It took fire crews just over an hour to control the fire, hampered by strong winds.



Tasmania Fire Service

Hobart Fires Keep Firefighters Busy

Date: 9 Aug 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 12:30pm on 8th August, Tasmania Fire Service was alerted to a fire at Elizabeth College, North Hobart as a result of the school's direct brigade alarm system operating.

Upon arrival the TFS found smoke coming from the workshop area within the school yard and a vehicle and part of the workshop's equipment on fire.

Firefighters from Hobart Fire Brigade wearing breathing apparatus had to force entry through the workshop roller door to contain and extinguish the fire.

A staff member tried to extinguish the fire after noticing smoke coming from the workshop, but due to the size of the fire was unable to extinguish it safely. His quick thinking then alerted other school staff and students of the potential dangers allowing them to safely evacuate from the area.

The cause of the fire has been determined as accidental by the Tasmania Fire Service. Damage to the property is estimated to be approximately $200,000.

Earlier in the day, at approximately 9:30 am, Hobart firefighters were called to attend a fire at a massage parlour in Wellington Walk Arcade, Hobart. Upon investigations, firefighters were confronted with a smoke filled first floor of the property.

The cause of the smoke was found to be from a towel which was left on top of a heater.
Tasmania Fire Service takes this opportunity to remind the public of the dangers of using heating devices for drying materials. Objects should not be placed on top of any heat source and clothing should be a minimum of two metres from a heater if being dried.

For further information, contact Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith.



Tasmania Fire Service

Sandy Bay House Fire

Date: 27 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Mark Suhr Phone: (03) 6230 8424

HOUSE FIRE DESTROYS SANDY BAY HOUSE

Sandy Bay Road, Lower Sandy Bay

At 2:20pm today Tasmania Fire Service responded to a house fire on Sandy Bay Road at Lower Sandy Bay.

Upon arrival crews found the 2-storey, 3 bedroom house, and a downstairs flat well alight. The occupant alerted TFS to the fire by calling Triple Zero.

Thick black smoke and fallen powerlines hampered firefighting operations and the house was destroyed, causing approximately $800,000.

Three crews attended the scene, and a crew remains on the scene extinguishing the fire and cleaning up. A fire watch crew will remain in place overnight while investigations are completed.

More information will be provided to the media tomorrow regarding the cause of the fire.



Tasmania Fire Service

New Trainee Firefighters complete first week of training

Date: 22 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

This week marks the beginning of a life-changing journey for Tasmania Fire Service's newest Firefighter Trainees.
Nine Trainees, aged between 22 and 40, have begun the first-class 15-week trainee development course.
"As usual we had a large number of applicants move through the competitive selection process. With over 360 applicants, we have selected the best and brightest for the nine sought after positions" said Chief Officer Chris Arnol.

"Our newest TFS members come from a broad range of backgrounds and occupations and bring with them many unique life skills and experiences which will stand them in good stead for their new careers as Firefighters.
"The recruitment of nine new Firefighters will further enhance the Tasmania Fire Service and our capability to serve the Tasmanian community," said Mr Arnol.

Some of the careers previously held by the trainees include zookeeping, firefighting in other states, roles in the legal profession, trades, sports science and customer service.
All trainees have been through a comprehensive selection process to determine their suitability for a career in firefighting including; integrity checks, physical, psychological, and aptitude testing.

Trainee Firefighters will participate in a high quality development program over the course of 15 weeks. They will obtain all necessary skills and knowledge to become valued members of a Tasmania Fire Service emergency response team, enabling them to assist the Tasmanian community in their time of need. The 15 week course is the beginning of a career of lifelong learning and continual training as a professional Firefighter with the Tasmania Fire Service.
The focus for the Trainees during the development course will be on diverse Tasmania Fire Service core business. This includes; responding to urban fires, bushfires, road crash rescue, first aid, hazmat as well as developing leadership skills.

The Trainee Firefighters will graduate on the 28 October 2016 beginning work at career stations at Hobart, Devonport and Burnie.



Tasmania Fire Service

Accidental House Fire Sparks Reminder

Date: 19 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Adam Meredith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Accidental House Fire Sparks Reminder

12 Narelle Place, CLAREMONT

At approximately 3.20pm on Monday 19 July Tasmania Fire Service were alerted to a report of a Structure Fire at Narelle Place, Claremont.

Upon arrival Glenorchy, Hobart and Claremont Brigade fire fighters were confronted with thick black smoke issuing from the rear of the single storey weatherboard Housing Tasmania owned property.

Fire fighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the building and extinguished the fire, containing it to the rear of the building.

Although the occupants were home at the time they were able to escape safely due to a working smoke alarm alerting them to the fire.

Damage to the property is estimated at $300,000 and the cause of the fire has been deemed as accidental due to combustible materials being left too close to a heater.

Station Officer Adam Meredith of Tasmania Fire Service said "Unfortunately, this is another common case where combustible materials have been left too close to a heater and have caught fire. We remind all home owners to be vigilant with fire safety in their homes, especially during these colder months.

"All combustible materials should be at least 2 metres from any heating source" Mr. Meredith said.

For more information contact Station Officer Adam Meredith, Tasmania Fire Service.



Tasmania Fire Service

Man Lucky to Escape Explosion

Date: 7 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer Andrew Emery Phone: (03) 6230 8424

At approximately 5.25pm on Thursday 6 July, Tasmania Fire Service was alerted to a report of an explosion at Fourth Avenue, Dodges Ferry.

Upon arrival, Dodges Ferry and Primrose Sands Brigade fire fighters were confronted with the severely damaged, smouldering remnants of a single story colour bond garage and its contents.

Upon further investigation, the male resident of the house was found with burns to his head and arms and was treated by firefighters and Ambulance Tasmania paramedics on site before being transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital for further treatment.

The force of the explosion resulted in pieces of the garage and its contents to be found several metres away.
Damage to the property is estimated to be $40,000 and the cause of the fire deemed as accidental due to a leaking LPG gas cylinder.

Station Officer Andrew Emery of the Tasmania Fire Service encourages the public to check the condition and storage of flammable material cylinders and containers at their property. "Explosions from leaking cylinders and containers of flammable materials can and do occur. It's important for members of the public to ensure that any type of gas cylinders and container holding flammable materials are stored in well ventilated areas, free from any defects and leaks and are shut off when not in use". Mr Emery said.

Further information on the safe storage of gas cylinders and other flammable materials can be obtained from the WorkSafe Tasmania website at www.worksafe.tasgov.au



Tasmania Fire Service

Lucky escape in house fire

3 Jul 2016 - 00:00

Date: 3 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Early Sunday morning the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) were called to a house fire at Regent Street, Sandy Bay, as the result of a triple zero call from the residence.

Upon arrival the TFS found the roof and the side of the house including a vehicle parked in the driveway heavily involved in fire.

Four TFS appliances and 12 firefighters took approximately 2 hours to contain the fire. There was extensive fire damage to the entire property.

Occupants were awoken by 'a loud banging noise', and took the appropriate action by leaving the home and calling for assistance. Three residents sought refuge in the backyard to escape the fire and smoke.

One female resident was treated at the scene by Firefighters and Paramedics for smoke inhalation and suffered burns to her hands, she was transported to hospital for further treatment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Tasmania Fire Service and Tasmania Police. Damage to the property is estimated to be approximately $450 000.

Senior Station Officer Michael Goldsmith said "This is one fortunate young woman. Had it not been for her quick acting housemate and the prompt response of the Fire Service, she may not have survived".

The important message here is for everyone to ensure they have working smoke alarms in their homes. Only working smoke alarms will warn you of fire, at any time of the day or night, and give you and your family time to escape safely.



Tasmania Fire Service

Firefighters save another life

Date: 2 Jul 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Station Officer John Ling Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Firefighters saved the life of a young Glenorchy man

Firefighters entered a smoke filled unit and located a young man in a bedroom suffering smoke inhalation. Ambulance Officers arrived soon after the extrication and swiftly transported the occupant to Hospital for further treatment.

It was shortly after 10:00am this morning when the Tasmania Fire Service were alerted to this incident. Neighbours could hear a smoke alarm sounding and were concerned for the young man's welfare when their efforts of door knocking went unanswered. It was then that they decided to phone '000' to alert the Tasmania Fire Service.

The Glenorchy Fire crew arrived and soon discovered smoke inside the dwelling. Prompt investigations revealed the smoke alarm was activating as a result of food being left unattended on the stove. Once the sole occupant was extricated, firefighters then ventilated the unit and conducted an investigation in conjunction with Tasmania Police.

The fire was contained to the stove with damaged estimated at approximately $5000 in smoke damage.

Station Officer John Ling said "This is one fortunate young man. Had it not been for his quick acting neighbours and the prompt response of the Fire Service, he may not have survived". The important message here is for everyone to ensure they have working alarms in their homes. Thankfully the alarm saved the life of this young man this morning".



Tasmania Fire Service

High Rise Office Fire

Date: 15 May 2016 - 00:00 Contact: David Klug Phone: (03) 6230 8424

Tasmania Fire Service crews were called to a Monitored Fire Alarm at 130 Collins Street Hobart at approximately 2:40 pm today.

Upon arrival crews from Hobart brigade found the 3rd level was full of thick black smoke.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus determined the location, and quickly extinguished the fire, which limited the amount of damage caused.

Damage was confined to the room where the fire started.

The fire was deemed accidental and was deemed to have started in wiring connected to a hot water cylinder.

Damage is estimated at approximately $5,000.



Tasmania Fire Service

End of Fire Permit Period for all Municipalities of Tasmania

Date: 5 Apr 2016 - 00:00 Contact: Chief Officer, Chris Arnol Phone: (03) 6230 8424

The 2015/16 fire permit period for Tasmania will cease at midnight on the 5th of April 2016, for all Tasmanian municipalities.

Tasmania Fire Service Chief Officer, Chris Arnol said "The state is currently experiencing low to moderate fire danger ratings and there is no longer a need to continue formal oversight of fuel reduction burning. However, I really want to emphasise the value of people registering their burns voluntarily so our firefighters don't respond unnecessarily."

Whilst fire permits will no longer be required, property owners should be aware that any fire burning on their property is their responsibility and they should ensure the fire remains within their property boundaries.

People planning to conduct burns in the open are requested to register their intention to burn by calling the TFS free call number, 1800 000 699. "A simple phone call to register a burn will ensure a brigade is not called out to attend a fire that is safe and under control" Mr Arnol said.

People conducting burns should also consider neighbours with regard to smoke. Smoke from burn offs may be hazardous to people's health, can cause traffic hazards and may damage sensitive crops, including vineyards. The TFS encourages anyone planning a burn to consult with their neighbours and to consider smoke hazards.

Weather conditions have a significant influence on fire behaviour. People planning to conduct a fuel reduction burn must check the weather forecast for the area where they are conducting the burn, particularly over the subsequent days. This information is readily available from the Weather Bureau webpage.

For further information, please visit the TFS website at www.fire.tas.gov.au and select Publications or phone free call 1800 000 699.