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Offline mikeindabronx

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Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
« on: February 05, 2019, 06:37:56 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/05/melbourne-high-rise-fire-wont-speed-up-work-on-grenfell-style-cladding-premier-says

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Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
« on: February 05, 2019, 06:37:56 PM »

Offline sydney1

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Re: Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2019, 11:57:23 PM »
For anyone interested, this fire attracted a significant response from the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade and grew to a 4th Alarm Response. The fire occurred in a 41 story residential high rise building, starting on the 22nd floor and spreading 5 stories to the 26th floor. Internal fire attack crews combined with the buildings sprinklers managed to stop the fire spreading further.

The building was also severely non compliant with fire code, with issues including the highly combustible cladding, heavy fire loads on balconies, overcrowded bedrooms in apartments and plastic bags covering smoke alarms among other problems. Firefighters also encountered problems operating the buildings fire doors, sprinkler system and PA evacuation system.

These are most of the units which attended (although not a fully complete run down). For those unfamiliar with Australian terminology, a Pumper is equivalent to an Engine, an Ultra Large Pumper is equivalent to a Satellite (but equipped with a 2100gpm pump), a Teleboom is equivalent to a Quint, a Ladder Platform is a 144ft Bronto and a Control Unit serves as a Field Comm/MCC vehicle.

Response:

Pumper 2A, Pumper 38A, Pumper 2B, Pumper 38B, Pumper 3, Pumper 1A, Pumper 1B, Pumper 39A, Pumper 39B
Ultra Large Pumper 1
Teleboom 10
Ladder Platform 1, Ladder Platform 47
Rescue 3
Rehab 1
Breathing Apparatus 38
Control Unit 1A
Commander Rogan
Commander McCurdy
Commander Conlin
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Braid
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Curtin
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Bruce

Move Ups

Pumper 42 > Station 2
Pumper 51A > Station 38
Pumper 35B > Station 1
Pumper Tanker 30 > Station 3
Pumper Tanker 44 > Station 39
Rescue 25 > Station 35

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Re: Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2019, 12:06:41 AM »
Thanks for the details and the great rundown, sydney1.

Please keep further information coming.  Do you have any links so we might listen to any Australian FD radio transmissions and explanations of any radio codes?

Thanks!

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Re: Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2019, 02:37:59 AM »
Hey manhattan.

You can listen to both Australia's major cities emergency services live on broadcastify

- Melbourne (Metropolitan Fire Brigade) https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/24820
- Sydney (Fire and Rescue NSW & NSW Ambulance) https://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/12349

As for radio codes, everything's pretty straightforward here, no 10 codes or anything.

In Sydney, Fire & Rescue NSW used 7 basic codes for responses:
- Code 1 (Responding)
- Code 2 (Called Off)
- Code 3 (On Scene)
- Code 4 (Available)
- Code 5 (In Station)
- Code 6 (Leaving Fire Rescue NSW Area)
- Code 7 (Unavailable)

 Thanks for the interest, I'll keep up some run downs of further major jobs as they happen and post them here.

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Re: Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2019, 09:18:20 AM »
Sydney1, I sent you a message.

Offline mikeindabronx

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Re: Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2019, 09:47:45 AM »
Sydney1, thanks for the rundown

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Re: Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2019, 10:45:07 AM »
Thank you mike, I've always enjoyed seeing your international posts, particularly the Aussie jobs. (And of course the brilliant NYC discussion of the site).

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Re: Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
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Re: Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2019, 10:18:48 PM »
I have a quick question regarding apparatus. Since an ultra large pumper is 2100 GPM it's almost equipment of a standard engine in FDNY and many other places in the states. What is the pump capacity of a normal pumper in Australia?

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Re: Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2019, 10:50:51 PM »
Thanks Mike, those are great.

Bulldog, depending on the department, most pumpers here are usually 1000gpm to 1500gpm capacity. Pumpers with a 2000gpm+ pump capability are generally rare and are only seen on specialist units (like an ultra large pumper). As for the reasons behind that, in Australia most Pumpers run like your Squads do, with engine/truck/hazmat/general rescue gear all on the one truck. My understanding is that the FDNY Squads are also 1000gpm and so it may simply come down to not being able to fit that kind of pump with that amount of equipment, which is why the 2000gpm+ trucks here are all standalone specialist units.

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Re: Melbourne,Australia High Rise Fire
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2019, 01:04:23 AM »
sydney1 -

Sorry, forgot to say "Welcome Aboard the Site"!

 

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