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Further update on MFB asbestos management issue

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10 Sep 2013
The results of asbestos testing at MFB's Thornbury Workshops has been completed.

Following testing by an occupational hygienist overnight, MFB can confirm no airborne asbestos fibres have been found in the Thornbury workshops, administrative area or body shop.

However it did reconfirm the presence of asbestos debris in the cable trays and horizontal beams, which has been in place undisturbed since asbestos removal works were carried out 20 years ago.

MFB has engaged accredited technicians to remove the debris and rehabilitate the workshops and this process may take approximately three weeks. In the interim as a precautionary measure all MFB appliances and active areas in fire stations will be cleaned.

The station and appliance cleaning program commenced today at Carlton Fire Station and will be rolled out across all stations, with co-location (MFB and AV) and specialist appliance stations prioritised.

This will ensure the MFB is able to maintain operational capacity at all times.

The Thornbury site will remain closed for the rest of the week, with required staff relocated to other MFB offices.

MFB is working with representatives from the unions (UFU and AMWU) to ensure all employees are fully briefed on the ongoing situation.

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