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Murphy’s Laws of Bush Firefighting

purloined by John Robertson   If it’s a stupid idea but works, it isn’t stupid. Remember you are not Tommy Gavin/ Superman. Never work at a fire with someone who is braver than you. Never work at a fire with

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Outmoded Notions

by John Robertson This story has been moved to the new Member’s Forum , so that everyone can share their opinions on these issues.  

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Lessons from Smokey Days

by John Robertson There is a very good report of the recent big fire on our website. This is about a few specific things evident on the ground. These were well-known to firies of old but they seem to get

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Hot Election

by John Robertson Election evening brought fire to the Mountain and a copy book example of fighting a bush fire. The fire had started a few metres off the track around the green waste depot on Knoll Road. It did

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TM52’s Baptism of Fire

by John Robertson At 13.25 a page came for a fire at 162 Macdonnell Road. First off were Rory and Robbo in 52 closely followed by TM1, Darryl and David in 41. Neville in 51 came a little while later.

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Mother Duck’s New Life

by John Robertson I spent the day with the Ventel team and Mother Duck showing them how to use it in their context doing what she will do in the future. “Mother Duck’s new life has begun. She is now

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Landman Court

by John Robertson “As I was walking my dog on the morning of Monday 5th June a large plume of black smoke was coming from a property about 500 metres to the south-east. I called it in to Firecom who

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More on Lahey’s Lookout

by Nev Crocombe At 00:21 Saturday five of us responded to our page, within seven minutes TM41 with a crew of three responded followed about fifteen minutes later by TM51 with a crew of one, leaving yours truly operating Base

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Training Is Fun

by John Robertson Wednesday evening training is getting more realistic and more fun. On 10th May we had an exercise, game, competition – call it what you will. It was the brain-child of Paul Gardner who devised and set it

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Panorama Point #5

By Olle Bakker At 1700hrs on the 25 April 06 (Anzac Day) 2 crews were dispatched by Firecom via pagers to respond K30 to Grass Fire @ Panorama Point as requested by 664A. (TM Aux) 3rd Officer Ken Lovett and

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