During October, Mt Eliza Fire Brigade responded to a fire call with a column of smoke visible in the area. Upon arrival, our crews found an obscured and unattended burn off on a property south of Mount Eliza.
On arrival, which was first on foot, we found a large pile that was 10 x 2 metres in size with tree stumps and other furnishings with embers flying more than 10 metres into long grass. Crews assessed that the fire in its current state was unsafe and required it to be extinguished. We were unable to contact the property owner and those who lit the fire.
With limited access, our 4-wheel drive vehicle and Tanker crews were able to make access to extinguish the fire.
There were no fire hydrants nearby so our Tanker crew used a nearby dam to supply water. Using 90 metres of hose we were able to deliver water via a divider, which splits the hose into two attack lines for firefighters to extinguish the fire.
A crew of 10 firefighters used dam water and rake-hoes to extinguish the fire which took 2 hours to complete.
Although this property was legally permitted to burn-off outside the Fire Danger Period, it is important that with any fire you follow the General Fire Safety Provisions which is set by Mornington Peninsula Shire:
Taking steps to get prepared before the fire season means you know what to do when you’re at risk . It’s important to prepare your property for fire, but you also need to plan and prepare for your safety.
Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Open Air Burning Local Law regulates burning off outside of the Declared Fire Danger Period. As per previous years, restrictions will be eased during the month of October 2018 to enable landowners on smaller properties to burn off for fire prevention purposes.
Patrons of Canadian Bay Hotel had an eventful dinner on Thursday 28th August when Mt Eliza Fire Brigade and Frankston Fire Bridge responded to reports of the chimney flue on fire.
More than a third of Victorians have never replaced their smoke alarms. Is it time you replaced yours?
The last couple of weeks has been a very busy time for volunteer firefighters of Mt Eliza Fire Brigade.
On the 11th March we responded to form a part of a strike team to attend the Seaview fire in Gippsland. The crew provided asset protection and welfare checks for an out of control bushfire in very undulating terrain where only firebombing aircraft could attend to.
Since then we have attended other 11 incidents including forming another strike team to attend the large fires in the South West of the state. Members were deployed and left Mt Eliza at 4am on Sunday 18th March and returned home at approximately midnight. Another crew was waiting on standby for night shift and crew relief, which was not deployed.
Other incidents our brigade attended to during this period included a scrub fire in the Banool Reserve which burnt about 600 square metres of grass and scrub, a garage fire, a fence fire, and a decking fire.
However, it’s not just about fighting fires. On Saturday 17th March we attended the Kunyung Primary School Carnival showcasing our trucks and answering questions regarding life as a volunteer firefighter.
All this happened as well as the ongoing training and regular maintenance to ensure we maintain our operational capability 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.
We could not be prouder of our volunteer firefighters and volunteer support team and their dedication to the Mt Eliza and broader community.