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Media Releases

1. STRUCTURE FIRE - Nelson Road, Smithton Release Date: 2020-09-11
2. Investigation underway to determine cause of shed fire at Mengha Release Date: 2020-09-09
3. Structure Fire Station Lane, Sorell Release Date: 2020-09-05
4. Cause of Moonah laundry fire Release Date: 2020-09-03
5. Investigation underway into fire at a Moonah laundry service Release Date: 2020-09-03
6. 13 new firefighters join the TFS ranks - strictly embargoed until 11:30am Release Date: 2020-02-14
7. New resource for students aims to build community resilience Release Date: 2019-11-08


Tasmania Fire Service

STRUCTURE FIRE - Nelson Road, Smithton

Date: 11 Sep 2020 - 00:00 Contact: Tasmania Fire Service Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Tasmania Fire Service were alerted by multiple triple zeros reporting a house fire on Nelson Street, Smithon. Crews have arrived to find a house fully engulfed by fire and are currently working to bring the fire under control.



Tasmania Fire Service

Investigation underway to determine cause of shed fire at Mengha

Date: 9 Sep 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a fire that caused in excess of $3million damage to a shed in the North West town of Forest overnight.

Fire crews from Smithton, Forest, Boat Harbour, Irishtown and Stanley were called to the fire on Mengha Road at just before 3am to find the 60 x 60m shed well alight.

The shed, which has been significantly damaged, contained mining equipment and was also used for storing gravel and other materials. The fire also spread to adjoining timber piles outside the shed.

The fire is still being extinguished.

Further details will be provided once the fire investigators have determined the cause.



Tasmania Fire Service

Structure Fire Station Lane, Sorell

Date: 5 Sep 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire investigators are continuing to investigate the cause of a fire that has caused significant damage to a building in Station Lane Sorell impacting the ongoing operations of a local Laundromat and Podiatrist.

Shortly after 4:20am crews from Midway Point, Dodges Ferry, Orielton and Clarence arrived to find the Laundromat well alight with fire and thick black smoke extending into the adjoining Podiatrist, with further smoke beginning to enter an adjoining unit which was occupied by a sole female resident.

Volunteer Firefighters quickly evacuated the resident from the unit before entering the building to extinguish the fire. The fire took approximately half an hour to knock down and stop any further spread of fire to adjoining buildings and another hour to fully extinguish. Firefighters efforts contained the fire to the Laundromat and Podiatrist, saving the 2 adjoining units.

Damage to the property is estimated at $600,000 and the cause of the fire is still being investigated



Tasmania Fire Service

Cause of Moonah laundry fire

Date: 3 Sep 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire investigators have determined that the fire at a laundry service in Moonah this morning started after large pile of tea towels overheated after they had been removed from the dryer.

** Earlier **

Fire investigators and an electrical inspector are currently working to determine what caused a fire at a commercial laundry service on Main Road at Moonah early this morning.

Three crews from Hobart Fire Brigade were called to the fire at 5:30 this morning after a passerby called Tasmania Fire Service to report smoke coming from the building.

The fire has caused minor damage to the back corner of the building and has not resulted in any structural damage.

No one was injured in the fire.

The investigators have concluded the fire is not deliberate but are still yet to determine the specific accidental cause.

The investigation is expected to take some time and further details will be provided by media release once it has concluded.



Tasmania Fire Service

Investigation underway into fire at a Moonah laundry service

Date: 3 Sep 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Fire investigators and an electrical inspector are currently working to determine what caused a fire at a commercial laundry service on Main Road at Moonah early this morning.

Three crews from Hobart Fire Brigade were called to the fire at 5:30 this morning after a passerby called Tasmania Fire Service to report smoke coming from the building.

The fire has caused minor damage to the back corner of the building and has not resulted in any structural damage.

No one was injured in the fire.

The investigators have concluded the fire is not deliberate but are still yet to determine the specific accidental cause.

The investigation is expected to take some time and further details will be provided by media release once it has concluded.



Tasmania Fire Service

13 new firefighters join the TFS ranks

Date: 14 Feb 2020 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

Trainee Firefighter Development Program 2/2020 graduated today with 13 new Firefighters joining the ranks of Tasmania Fire Service.

"Graduating today are our newest firefighters who have been preparing for their new roles for the past 16 weeks," said Station Officer Adam Doran, Trainee Firefighter Development Program Manager.

"The 11 men and two women have worked hard throughout this course and formed a strong and cohesive team - a necessary part of preparing for station life.

Among the graduating firefighters is Simon Dawkins who achieved the award of Dux.

"Dux of the course, Simon Dawkins, has joined TFS after a career as an auto electrician and is from Penguin on the North West. He was deemed to be the most proficient Trainee Firefighter, based on theoretical knowledge and practical application, as well as demonstrating strong personal values that align with the expectations of a Tasmania Fire Service firefighter.

Of the 13 new firefighters, six will be stationed at Hobart; five at Launceston, one at Burnie and one at Devonport.

"I welcome these firefighters to the ranks of TFS. They are now ready to respond to call outs for all types of incidents," said Chief Officer Chris Arnol.

"Our training is designed to teach our firefighters a diverse range of skills and the knowledge they need to deliver the range of services TFS provides to the Tasmanian community.

"Recruit courses are filled with memories firefighters never forget and graduation is a milestone moment for those who have joined one of society's most trusted and respected professions," said Chief Officer Arnol.

The graduation of these trainees brings the total number of career firefighters in Tasmania to 334.



Tasmania Fire Service

New resource for students aims to build community resilience

Date: 8 Nov 2019 - 00:00 Contact: DPFEM Media and Comms Phone: 1800 000 699 Email: fire@fire.tas.gov.au

A resource aimed at teaching students how to prepare, respond and recover from the most common natural emergencies is now available in Tasmania.

Developed by the Tasmania Fire Service, Disaster Resilience Education Tasmania is an online teaching resource linked to the Australian Curriculum for students in years 5-8.

"Resilient communities assist emergency services during the response to an emergency because they have planned, they are prepared, and they know what they are going to do to help themselves," said Jeremy Smith, TFS Director Community Fire Safety.

"School children are a vulnerable section of our community and influencing their attitudes early will make them agents of change. DRET helps students understand how mitigation, planning and emergency drills can help them to be safer in a disaster emergency, and they also learn where to find Tasmanian flood, storm and bushfire emergency information

"People don't have to be a member of the emergency services to teach children and young people about disaster resilience, and this online resource equips teachers to do just that.

"The program is hosted on a website and is an easy to use, interactive teacher delivery package of five weekly lessons covering Tasmania's top three natural hazards of flood, storm and bushfire.

The Glen Huon community was most recently impacted by the summer bushfires that impacted the region, with many local families evacuating to the evacuation centre at Huon Valley PCYC.

"Glen Huon Primary School has been instrumental in the development of the resource, and now the project is finalised they have been using the resource in their classrooms for the past eight weeks. The recent bushfires came within one kilometre of the township, with some homes lost in the area. This means that many of the students have real life examples to draw on when working through the content of the resource.

"The students have already participated in a local project to plan a mural which demonstrate the region's bushfire risk," said Mr Smith.

The project has been funded through the Tasmanian Bushfire Mitigation Grants Program and has been a collaboration between the Tasmania Fire Service, other emergency services agencies, the Department of Education, parents and carers.

The resource is available at www.disasterresiliencetas.com.au.