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MFB on high alert

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27 Feb 2009
Together with all Victorian fire and emergency services, MFB pre-planning and preparation has positioned us ready for the imminent high fire dangers today.

MFB’s initial planned commitment for the 48 hour period beginning this morning at 06.00 hours is around 350 firefighters.

Twelve MFB trucks and crew are covering CFA stations while CFA colleagues attend fires in regional areas. CFA stations with MFB crews include Eltham, Boronia, Dandenong, Frankston, Cranbourne, Hallam, Springvale, Craigieburn, Hoppers Crossing, Greenvale, Point Cook and Caroline Springs.

Up to four MFB strike teams consisting of 20 trucks are also available; three teams of which have been pre-deployed and are awaiting further instruction. Deployment orders will be issued by the Integrated Emergency Coordination Centre (iECC).

“These planned resources are in addition to our primary commitment to the Metropolitan Fire District where the MFB is fully operational today,” said Tony Murphy Chief Fire Officer.

“Fires don’t discriminate whether you’re in rural or metropolitan areas. All Melbournians need to be responsible – so avoid using BBQs or heavy machinery likely to spark a fire and please make sure cigarette butts are extinguished properly.

“Parklands are the driest they’ve been in years, and this morning’s fire in Templestowe is one example of how a small grass fire, if not contained promptly can threaten homes, businesses and life in an instant.”

For fire safety information visit www.mfb.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Bushfire Information Line on 1800 240 667.

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Christina Bucci, MFB Media and Communications, 0409 354 077

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