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STRUCTURE FIRE - WOODWARDS BUILDING     19/01/2013
Bathurst Street Hobart

SMOKE OVER HOBART CITY     19/01/2013
BATHURST STREET HOBART

SMOKE OVER HOBART CITY     19/01/2013
BATHURST STREET HOBART

Using BBQ's on hot days     16/01/2013


ELLENDALE COMMUNITY MEETING     14/01/2013
Ellendale Hall

Interstate Assistance     06/01/2013





STRUCTURE FIRE - WOODWARDS BUILDING

Bathurst Street Hobart
19/01/2013

At around 3.15am Saturday morning the Hobart brigade responded to a fire alarm activation at the Woodwards building, Bathurst Street in Hobart’s inner city. Upon arrival they found the building well alight. It took several hours and 10 fire trucks and 35 career and volunteer firefighters to contain the fire.

Although firefighters have done a great job containing the fire to the Woodwards building, the fire has caused significant damage to this building and in addition there has been some other smoke and fire damage done to adjoining business premises.

Tasmania Fire Service, Tasmania Police and Aurora Energy will conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire. This is likely to take several days to complete. Smoke will be visible for much of Saturday and people are asked to stay away from the area.

It is likely Bathurst Street between Elizabeth and Argyle Streets will remain closed over the next 2 days to allow firefighting operations and investigators to carry out their work safely. Hobart City Council building engineers are on site assessing the damage to the building.

Power has been isolated to many of the surrounding businesses and TFS will work closely with Aurora staff to reinstate the power to these buildings as soon as possible.

TFS and Tasmania Police met with business and property owners on Saturday morning at 9.00am to provide information on the fire and the processes that will be undertaken in the foreseeable future. A meeting will again be held on Sunday morning at 9.00am to provide current information to business and property owners at TFS headquarters on the corner of Argyle and Melville Streets Hobart.

People are asked to monitor the TFS web site for any updates at www.fire.tas.gov.au


SMOKE OVER HOBART CITY

BATHURST STREET HOBART
19/01/2013

The Tasmania Fire Service is currently occupied with fire fighting duties at a major building fire in Bathurst Street, Hobart.

For business premises between Elizabeth and Argyle Street on Bathurst Street who have been affected by the fire there will be a briefing at the Tasmania Fire Service headquarters, cnr Melville and Argyle Streets at 9.00 a.m this morning, 19th January.

Residents in the inner city area are requested to remain indoors with doors and windows shut and those who suffer from breathing difficulties should avoid the city altogether.

Further details will be published as they become available.


Road Closure: It is expected that Bathurst Street between Elizabeth and Argyle Streets will be closed for the remainder of the day.


SMOKE OVER HOBART CITY

BATHURST STREET HOBART
19/01/2013

The Tasmania Fire Service is currently occupied with fire fighting duties at a major buidling fire in Bathurst Street, Hobart.

For business premises between Elizabeth and Argyle Street on Bathurst Street who have been affected by the fire there will be a briefing at the Tasmania Fire Service headquarters, cnr Melville and Argyle Streets at 9.00 a.m this morning, 19th Janauary.

Residents in the inner city area are requested to remain indoors with doors and windows shut and those who suffer from breathing difficulties should avoid the city altogether.

Further details will be published as they become available.


Road Closure: It is expected that Bathurst Street between Elizabeth and Argyle Streets will be closed for the remainder of the day.


Using BBQ's on hot days


16/01/2013

The Tasmania Fire Service may declare a Total Fire Ban on days when the danger of fire is extremely high and when fires would be expected to develop rapidly. TFS Chief Officer, Mike Brown said “usually a Total Fire Ban lasts for 24 hours and will be advertised in daily newspapers, on television, radio and on the TFS website. On Days of Total Fire Ban, all outdoor fires are banned except electric stoves and barbecues, and gas stoves and barbecues provided they are cleared of flammable material for at least one metre. Other barbecues and portable stoves including those that use wood, charcoal or other solid or liquid fuel are banned”.

While it is not currently a total fire ban, people needing to use wood fires for cooking or warmth need to ensure:
• the fire is at least 3 metres away from overhanging branches, stumps, logs and trees and other flammable material.
• the fire is not be lit on peat soils or grassed sand dunes.
• a responsible adult stays with the fire until it is completely extinguished.
• there is enough water close to the fire to be able to put it out or prevent it from spreading.
• all signs in national parks and other reserves are followed regarding fires in the open.
• The fire is cool to touch when extinguished.

Mr Brown said “if people are planning camping trips and other outdoor activities tomorrow, the TFS is asking people to plan to use gas or electric BBQ’s instead of wood”.


ELLENDALE COMMUNITY MEETING

Ellendale Hall
14/01/2013

A community meeting will be hosted by the Tasmania Fire Service at the Ellendale Hall at 10 am on Tuesday the 15th of Jan 2013.

The Tasmania Fire Service, local Government and Police representatives will be on hand to provide a picture of and answer questions about the current fire situation for residents of Ellendale and the surrounding area.

TFS will also provide an outline of the strategies to be used for containing the fire in the Ellendale area.


Interstate Assistance


06/01/2013



As a result of the ongoing fire situation across the state, Tasmania Fire Service has welcomed and accepted offers of firefighting assistance from interstate authorities. This will be in the form of personnel and will give some Firefighters and Incident Management Teams (IMT) the chance to have a break, as well as boosting firefighting numbers where needed.
TFS Chief Officer Mike Brown said “Tasmanian Firefighters have had a long record of providing assistance interstate and internationally over the years and our peoples skills and capabilities are highly regarded. I have been contacted by many of my counterparts from Western Australia through to New Zealand and many jurisdictions in between with messages of encouragement and offers for assistance. Yesterday I spoke with the NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner and the Victorian Fire Commissioner and arranged for Firefighters and Fire Specialists to provide some much needed relief for our people. I’m very grateful that they have been able to respond so quickly”.

The following are confirmed interstate deployment numbers coming to Tasmania;
• 7 Rapid impact assessment officers from NSW Rural Fire Service (6 arrived yesterday, 1 today)
• 4 liaison officers arrive today
• 17 IMT personnel from Country Fire Authority Victoria, Department of Sustainability and Environment Victoria, & MFB arrive Sunday for Hobart
• 4 IMT personnel arrive Sunday for Launceston
• 7 Air operations arrive Sunday for Hobart
• 33 Strike team firefighters arrive Sunday for Hobart (using TFS vehicles)

All personnel are due to return home on Friday.

“The potential for further requests for assistance will be considered later this week” TFS Chief Officer Mike Brown added.