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Gippsland Deployment

Chelsea members on the road again

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Fire down below

Once again, Chelsea SES members have answered the call to assist outside of our area, this time on deployment to aasist with the fires in Gippsland in and around the Hazlewood and Yallourn open cut mine fire.

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The staging area

The initial tasks were to assist in setting up marquees for the staging area as well as logistical support for the firies.

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Multi agency vehicles and personel

The staging area operates 24 hours a day and is a temporary home to all agencies involved in the fight against the fire and the support crews.

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Plenty of local interest

Because of the fluid situation that occurs when fighting any kind of fire, the situation can change dramatically in a very short time. Iit is sometimes nessesary to adapt and change to suit the changes in direction or speed of the fire front. All emergency service workers assisting close to the fires were required to be tested for Carbon Monoxide  (CO)  levels every 2 hours due to the toxic levels in the smoke. One of the tasks Chelsea transport undertook was to meet Geelong firefighters at the West Gate Bridge to pick up more Berathing Apparatus and deliver it back to the staging area.

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Always on the move

With this in mind, It did indeed become nessesary to move the entire staging area and so SES crews were on hand to pull down and move marquees and other equipment ready to relocate and reassemble everyting ready to go again.

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Another view of the fire

This is a fire that will burn for some time yet and as such, SES crews qwill be on hand , ready to assist if and when the call comes.

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Malcolm the water bomber in action

Last Updated (Monday, 17 February 2014 20:10)