NATIONAL SECURITY ALERT LEVEL: MEDIUM
year, new era
1 January 2011 we officially changed our name from the NSW Fire Brigades
to Fire and Rescue NSW. The new name is intended to convey the
wider scope of services we offer to the community in the 21st century
while symbolising and supporting our organisation’s vision for the
future. An official style guide will soon be issued to provide
instructions on how the new name and logos are to be applied. In
coming months you will also hear more about the vision document (PDF,
1.4MB) and how you can play a part in helping to shape a new era.
rainfall resulted in numerous rivers and streams swelling and catchment
areas overflowing across much of
once again showed that FRNSW can deploy professional expertise rapidly
under very difficult circumstances. Our sincere sympathy goes to
those families who have lost homes or loved ones. Yesterday I
welcomed back our USAR Taskforce and met our Swift Water rescue teams.
Thank you for a job well done.
safety campaign -
template media release for the Australia Day barbecue fire safety
campaign is now available on the intranet. With Australia Day just a
week away, it is a good time for stations to promote key fire safety
messages in your local media.
awards for Lismore hospital staff
I presented three Lismore hospital staff with bravery awards at a
ceremony held at Lismore fire station. The awards were for the
courage shown by John McAlister, Monique Rhodes and Shirley Brown during
a serious fire at the St Vincent’s
Commissioner Jim Hamilton AFSM and I travelled from Sydney, and
distinguished guests included, the Hon Robert McClelland, Federal
Attorney-General; Janelle Saffin, Federal Member for Page; Deputy Mayor,
Lismore City Council, Simon Clough; and local dignitaries, officers and
crews from 362 Lismore and 316 Goonellabah.
radio network (GRN) upgrade
current GRN environment used by FRNSW is based on Motorola proprietary
analogue technology that is over 20 years old. The NSW Government
(through the Government Chief Information Office) is upgrading the GRN
to a fully digital environment based on an open standard known as APCO
XTL 5000 mobile transceivers have been upgraded for digital operation.
XTS 3000 portable transceivers operating on the GRN (those with yellow
antennas) have been replaced with XTS 5000 units. The upgraded and
replaced transceivers incorporate a dual profile allowing operation on
both the existing analogue and the new P25 digital environments.
Migration from analogue to digital GRN operations will be undertaken
progressively over a four-week period commencing late January 2011.
See the intranet for more details.
Memorial Service was held yesterday to mark the 34th anniversary of the
Granville train disaster, and to remember those who were killed and
injured in this country’s worst rail disaster. Fire and Rescue
NSW was represented by firefighters and Senior Officers. On the 18
January 1977, 27
was saddened by the recent passing of Sonia Mac Dougall, wife of retired
NSWFB Commissioner, Vice Admiral Ian Mac Dougall AC, AFSM. Serving
and retired members of the NSWFB/FRNSW are invited to attend a Memorial
Service for Sonia that will be held at the Salvation Army Sydney
after midday on Friday 31 December, numerous 000 calls were received
reporting an overturned double petrol tanker on fire on the
crew from 211 Ballina were first on scene and used foam during the
initial attack phase. RFS crews responded to supply water during the
extensive operation. The two trapped people in the car were safely
removed after power was isolated in the area by energy authorities.
Crews wearing breathing apparatus were finally able to bring the main
tanker fire under control using 15 drums of foam. However, a large
amount of fuel continued to leak from one of the ripped tanks, creating
a massive secondary fire in a nearby swamp area adjacent to the roadway.
It was considered too dangerous to attack this fire and it was allowed
to burn itself out over a period of six hours.
maintained a fire watch throughout the night and the next morning it was
necessary to dig up several drains and flush them through in order to
remove residual fuel and vapours. The area was finally declared safe at
1447 hours the next day. The highway was closed throughout the operation
and there was extensive road damage caused by the intense fire. Crews
from 211 Ballina, 316 Goonellabah, 362 Lismore, 468 Tweed Heads, 253
Casino, 213 Bangalow and 240 Brunswick Heads attended the long and
1246 hours on Monday 3 January, Fire and Rescue NSW was responded to
reports of a roof collapse at a cinema complex in
crew from 105 Kelso arrived shortly after and firefighters assisted
numerous patrons to exit the cinema. Fortunately there were no serious
injuries. Firefighters simultaneously checked the cinema for safety
issues such as live electrical power, gas leaks and potential for
further structural collapse to ensure that there were no additional
risks to patrons or rescuers. Fire crews used thermal imaging
cameras to scan the interior of both cinemas. This equipment again
proved valuable in helping all the rescue services to quickly determine
that no-one was trapped beneath the rubble.
firefighters worked cooperatively with other agencies including NSW
Police, Ambulance and the SES. Forty-six people were in the cinema at
the time of the incident and all were able to evacuate safely with only
several people requiring treatment for minor injuries.
manufacturing fire at Tumut
0542 hours on 16 January, Wollongong Communications received a 000 call
to paper rolls alight at the Visy Paper site, 14 kms south west of Tumut
and in RFS area. As per the Mutual Aid Agreement, both FRNSW and RFS
responded. On arrival, FRNSW firefighters were confronted with
paper reels 100m x 20m x 3m external to the main building and well
alight. The initial response consisted of 457 Tumut, 218 Batlow
incident was upgraded to a 2nd Alarm on arrival of 467 Tumut and due to
the size of the incident, Duty Commander Riverina was responded.
Over the following 2 and half days crews worked alongside each other and
Visy staff to bring the incident under control. Ground monitors from
stations from Zones RS1, RS2 and RS3 attended as well as Duty Commander
Riverina, and Duty Commander and
meal allowances have now increased over $25, and if a crew of 4 puts in
a claim and it goes over $100, it won't be approved. Why can't the
$100 approval be increased as well?
will the brigade start giving out proper transcripts and certificates
for all the training that staff (particularly retained) undertake? The
RFS has been doing this well for it's members for years!
the current revamp of the brigade's public image has there been any
thought towards modernising the station on-hold tune which has been
around for as long as anyone can remember?