Twitter Buttons

Sunday, January 13, 2013

AU WILDLAND FIRE FIREFIGHTER LODD

AUSTRALIAN FIREFIGHTER KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY-WILDLAND FIRE

An Australian Firefighter in his 60s died in the Line of Duty yesterday. The Firefighter was found near Taranna, a hamlet on the Tasman Peninsula, where he had been working on foot on the southern boundary of the Forcett Fire about 2 to 3km from the fire's edge. It was unclear exactly how the man died or if he was working alone.

The Firefighters death came as fire crews made solid progress on consolidating containment lines around bushfires still burning ahead of higher fire danger conditions forecast. Tasmania Fire Service has issued an alert for the uncontained 24,040ha Forcett blaze, where 150 firefighters using 39 tankers and four aircraft continue working on the fire which has a 200km perimeter.

Firefighters had been strengthening containment lines around Bream Creek and Marion Bay and also at Lagoon Bay, but had to eventually pull out due to increased winds.

The Tasmania Fire Service consists of over 230 brigades with around 250 career firefighters and approximately 4800 volunteer firefighters. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

Tasmania Fire Service home page: http://www.fire.tas.gov.au/


Twitter links

-
****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
View blog top tags
---------------------
CLICK HERE TO GO BACK TO TOP OF CALIFORNIA FIRE NEWS HOME PAGE