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CFA on duty at Phillip Island
CFA are on duty at the V8 Supercars on Phillip Island, providing fire protection to all public areas of the circuit as well as the paddock, fuel dump and pit buildings.
Story posted on behalf of Scott Hamilton, CFA Brigade Administration Support Officer
Classes racing over the three days include V8 Supercars, Touring Car Masters, Formula Ford and Superbikes.
The crowd expected over the event is 55,000 people, and hopefully the weather will be kind to the event.
CFA has approx. $1.3 million worth of equipment here on site for the event including Pakenham's new Scania Type 4 Heavy, Dandenong's 2.4C Tanker and Cardinia and Bass Coast Groups FCV's.
CFA is operating an infield and outfield fire station and an EOC on site.
CFA Event Commander for the V8 Supercars is Operations Officer Michael Cherry. He is supported by a team of 14 members each day to provide protection to the racegoers and the teams.
CFA is not responsible for any incidents that occur on the track or in pit lane. The Victorian Fire and Rescue Race Marshalls look after these incidents.
An interesting fact is the transporters that the V8 Supercar teams use are worth around. $5 million each when loaded. There are over 20 of these parked in the paddock supporting the teams in the pit area.
These events occur after considerable behind the scenes meetings and planning.
Our thanks goes to Pakenham and Dandenong Brigades for their loan of appliances, CFA Comms for significant loan of radios and staff from District 8 and the Cranbourne DMO's for supporting the event.
The Phillip Island brigade along with their neighbouring brigades encounter significantly increased risk during major event weekends, with the additional visitors to the Island. Phillip Island and Bass Coast Group have over 3 million visitors annually.
Bass Coast is used to major events with the MotoGP, World Superbikes and V8 Supercars holding events annually at the Phillip Island GP Circuit.