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Melbourne’s MFB covers Sydney Fire Stations

To many firefighters in NSW, the past week has flown by in a blur. It has been an extreme start to the bushfire season and so many have done what seems so ordinary to them, but extraordinary to others. They’ve put aside their own lives to go and help others in need and often from some distance away.

With large fires, it’s not uncommon for this assistance to come from interstate. Quite often we see specialists including Incident Management Team members flown in from other states. It’s also fairly common for bush fire brigade volunteers to send firefighters and tankers to assist at these large fires.

This week though, we saw something a lot less common. Melbourne’s MFB sent a number of pumpers to Sydney, and they weren’t tasked to the actual bushfire incident. Instead, they were sent to a number of City fire stations to standby and respond to run of the mill calls, allowing Fire & Rescue NSW to utilise their urban crews and appliances in the bushfire efforts.

As I understand it, 10 MFB Pumpers were sent to Sydney. Their crew of 4 on each pumper were split into a day and night shift. FRNSW joined them to create a crew of 2 MFB and 2 FRNSW firefighters on each shift. They responded to all calls as normal and these are reported to include at least one structure fire.

I managed to catch a few of these around shift change, as the FRNSW appliances were returning to station. The MFB crews should be heading home today, as the intensity of the bushfire crisis eases.

More images available here

1 City of Sydney
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3 The Rocks
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19 Silverwater
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22 Leichhardt
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23 Gladesville – the MFB Pumper was hiding behind the closed roller door
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Barrenjoey Headland Bushfire

Fire has burnt out scrub and bushland on Barrenjoey Headland in Sydney’s north, known for its use in the television drama series ‘Home and Away’. 2 buildings at the Barrenjoey lighthouse complex sustained damage but no other property damage or injuries were reported.

Around 2pm on Saturday 28th September, fire crews from NSW Fire & Rescue and NSW Rural Fire Service were responded to reports of a bushfire below the lighthouse. Images posted on social media showed a small but fierce fire burning with a strong easterly wind blowing. The fire grew rapidly and arriving firefighters were immediately concerned with the safety of bush walkers and fisherman in the area. An Emergency Warning was issued for the fire.

Some 80 firefighters were dispatched with boats and helicopters involved in the incident. Boats were immediately tasked with checking on people who may have been stuck on rocks around the headland, with a small number being taken to safety. Helicopters undertook water bombing operations on the fire. With only a small walking trail and narrow vehicle track to the top, firefighters travelled on foot and utilised an ATV from the Surf Lifesaving club to move equipment to the top of the hill where the lighthouse and associated buildings were under threat.

Firefighters who had reached the buildings called for immediate assistance, with smoke coming from a building’s roof. Firefighters in breathing apparatus worked their way into the roofspace where roofing beams had caught fire. Embers had travelled in through very small gaps between flashing and roof sheets, igniting the roof beams. Fortunately firefighters were able to limit the spread of fire, though repairs will be needed.

Also at the lighthouse buildings, a number of visitors to the headland had gathered for safety. NSW Rural Fire Service sent emergency alert messages to mobile telephones in the area instructing anyone on the headland to seek refuge there, with paths back to the car park too dangerous to travel on. Those gathered were later transported to safety below. By around 4pm, the Emergency Warning advice had been downgraded to ‘Watch and Act’.

@kaitlynpejkovic posted this on Instagram http://instagram.com/p/e0ws7VHcnl/

After a tense afternoon, crews who were involved in the initial firefight were replaced by incoming night crews. The main concern became a number of buildings at the northern end of the western beach. The fire was continuing to travel above these buildings having already burned the entire eastern headland. Firefighters ensured safe lines were established around these buildings and monitored the fire, allowing it to burn to control lines. Meanwhile a crew was tasked with monitoring the lighthouse and associated buildings overnight, with embers still being of concern.

Firefighters who’d been in attendance overnight were welcomed to the new day with a glorious sunrise, revealing the extent of bushland burned and able to assess the scene completely. A National Parks helicopter was brought in to assess the scene from above. Fire Investigators assessed the scene, but unable to find a definitive cause the NSW RFS stated the fire was suspicious. On Sunday the fire was further downgraded to ‘Advice’ level and the scene was later handed back to National Parks & Wildlife staff.

More photos from overnight at the fire, and sunrise from Barrenjoey head are HERE

Dawn from Barrenjoey lighthouse overlooking Palm Beach

Dawn from Barrenjoey lighthouse

Dawn from Barrenjoey lighthouse observed by firefighters

Dawn from Barrenjoey lighthouse shows the fire still burning on the western side of the headland. Foregound shows some of the equipment used to protect the buildings

Sunrise allows us to see the area of roofing damaged by fire. Embers penetrated the very small gaps between the flashing and roof, then setting roof beams alight. Firefighters broke through the ceiling wearing breathing apparatus to reach the fire and prevent further damage, saving the historical buildings.

Parkair 4 (helicopter) was brought in the next morning to observe the fire impact


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Sydney Harbour Surfing

As an East Coast low brought flooding to the North of New South Wales, Sydney woke up to a grey wet and windy day for the start of another Summer weekend. Most Sydneysiders were cancelling outdoor plans, choosing instead to stay at home or head to cafes and shopping centres for their Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, surfers were heading out to enjoy some hefty swells and big waves. As a result of the weather system, waves were presenting well inside Sydney Harbour. At this location in the Eastern Suburbs, dozens of surfers crowded the break just off rocks. To the backdrop of Sydney’s city skyline, several spectators braving the weather enjoyed a fantastic view from nearby clifftops.

Video and Images available below.

Gallery: http://photos.liveitseeit.com/Sport-Adventure/Sydney-Harbour-Surfing/

Sydney Harbour SurfingAs an East Coast Low brought a grey wet and windy day to Sydney, surfers ventured inside Sydney Harbour with waves well inside the heads creating good opportunities. It also brought the action closer to spectators braving the conditions.

Sydney Harbour SurfingAs an East Coast Low brought a grey wet and windy day to Sydney, surfers ventured inside Sydney Harbour with waves well inside the heads creating good opportunities. It also brought the action closer to spectators braving the conditions.

Sydney Harbour Surfing

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Car Fire, Parramatta Road at Annandale

Around 5.30pm today, firefighters from Fire & Rescue NSW were called to a vehicle fire on Parramatta Rd at Annandale. A Toyota Tarago van in the right lane westbound a few hundred metres past Johnston St was damaged by fire. A passing motorist assisted by using a Dry Chemical Powder Extinguisher before firefighters arrived and completed the task.

 

All westbound lanes of Parramatta Rd were closed while firefighters dealt with the incident. A large amount of smoke covered the local area and presented a danger for motorists on the road. Firefighters dealt with the fire quickly and the van was able to be cleared from the road. Significant traffic had already built up on Parramatta Rd past City Rd at Broadway and extensive delays were expected through the remaining evening peak.

 


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Car Fire, Parramatta Rd at Annadale - 17 Dec 2012

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Car Fire, Parramatta Rd at Annadale - 17 Dec 2012 -33.888187, 151.165884 http://www.liveitseeit.com/?p=174Around 5.30pm today, firefighters from Fire & Rescue NSW were called to a vehicle fire on Parramatta Rd at Annandale. A Toyota Tarago van in the right lane westbound a few hundred metres past Johnston St was damaged by fire. A passing motorist assisted by using a Dry Chemical Powder Extinguisher before firefighters arrived and completed the task. All westbound lanes of Parramatta Rd were closed while firefighters dealt with the incident. A large amount of smoke covered the local area and presented a danger for motorists on the road. Firefighters dealt with the fire quickly and the van was able to be cleared from the road. Significant traffic had already built up on Parramatta Rd past City Rd at Broadway and extensive delays were expected through the remaining evening peak.  

 

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Crane Partially Collapses After Catching in Fire at UTS Construction Site, Sydney

A tower crane working at the UTS site on Broadway this morning has caught fire and then partially collapsed, with the boom falling across a building.

Inspector Mark Reilly from Fire & Rescue NSW reports the fire is some 65 metres above ground and involved a 1000L diesel tank used to power the crane. The incident has caused large exclusion zones for vehicles and pedestrians, causing extensive travel delays around the city.

Social media networks were rapidly updated as passersby posted updates and photos firstly of the fire and then showing the collapse. Five of these are included below.



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Rosenbauer 3G Advanced Technology Fire Appliance

Rosenbauer and Sasgar are currently conducting a roadshow of the latest generation of Firefighting appliance from Rosenbauer. They are visiting a number of cities and Fire Services on the East Coast. For more info, search Facebook or Google for the respective companies.

I was invited along for a photo shoot around Sydney Harbour. Unfortunately a late storm front came in on an otherwise fantastic Sydney evening. With the tough lighting, particularly lighting the appliance I ended up going for some over the top processing to beef up the appliance. Please leave comments on this post or the images if you have any opinions or suggestions on the processing.

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Rosenbauer and Sasgar are currently conduting a roadshow of the latest generation of Firefighting appliance from Rosenbauer. They are visiting a number of cities and Fire Services on the East Coast. For more info, search Facebook or Google for the respective companies.