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Wild weather spikes calls for MFB

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06 Mar 2010
MFB firefighters have responded to over 300 incidents in the three hours from 15.00 – 18.00 hours today.

**As at 20.15 hours**

The call spike began with a large fire at a floor covering business in Sydney Road, Brunswick just before 14.00 hours; followed by multiple incidents across Melbourne including a fire at Brimbank Central Shopping Centre, flooding at Victoria University Sunshine campus, plus ruptured gas mains and partial structure collapses at various locations.

MFB is working with Ambulance Victoria to assist in the movement of people to higher ground at some hospitals and aged care facilities.

Crews have also been working to secure debris from buildings safely and rescuing people from cars trapped in flooded waters. We ask people not to drive through flooded areas.

All incidents MFB have responded to are now under control.

The majority of calls received were for incidents across central Melbourne.

Specialist MFB Rapid Impact Assessment teams are being mobilised to work with SES units, while MFB Liaison Officers are mobilised to assist at SES Central Region Headquarters, at four other SES office locations and at the State Control Centre.

MFB’s Emergency Command Centre has been activated and will operate throughout the night.

Other specialist resources including Urban Search and Rescue, and High Angle Rescue equipment and teams have been deployed to assist at various incidents.

High risk incidents are the immediate priority. MFB has recalled additional crews to assist.

Whilst today’s call load has increased, MFB crews are well prepared and equipped to deal with this surge to effectively meet the emergency and community demand.

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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