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Management of asbestos at the MFB Thornbury workshop site.

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08 Sep 2013
The Metropolitan Fire Brigade has closed off its Thornbury workshop as a precautionary measure after discovering asbestos debris in an area of the workshop last week.

While initial inspection and testing has shown the risk is low, MFB has developed an asbestos management response in relation to this incident.

MFB has notified WorkSafe and the relevant unions and is conducting atmospheric monitoring of all buildings on the site.

MFB CEO Nick Easy said as soon as asbestos was found on site, the required procedures were immediately implemented.

“The health and safety of MFB staff is our number one priority,” he said.

“As soon as we identified that there was a potential issue at our workshops we removed staff from the area.

“As a further precaution every fire truck in the MFB fleet and the engine bays of every fire station will be cleaned.”

Mr Easy said a thorough inspection and testing of the premises had been carried out over the weekend and early indications showed that a risk to safety was unlikely.

He said results of further testing were expected on Tuesday and the entire site would remainsecured and off limits until then.

Mr Easy said he expected there would be no impact on MFB’s response capabilities.

“We will ensure that we have the right number of resources to provide emergency response,” he said.

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