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Eaglehawk Landfill fire

By: CFA News

Category: Incidents - Structure

  11.13 AM 4 April, 2014

Location: District 2 News

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Firefighters from Eaglehawk and Bendigo brigades were initially paged to an undefined fire at Eaglehawk Landfill around 8.50pm on Sunday 9 March 2014.

On arrival at the front gate of the land fill, Eaglehawk tanker crew could see a "burning wall" near a waste management shed. VicFire was advised by the incident controller of a non-structure fire, not yet under control.

On gaining access and moving towards the fire, the tanker crew was confronted with a 40m x 30m shed, complete with around 60 tonnes of waste inside, that was well alight.

The incident controller and Eaglehawk captain asked to make pumpers three, ladder platform one and soon after, tankers five. In the end, four pumpers and six tankers were on scene, along with the ladder platform.

The ladder platform was used to cut holes in the side of the shed to allow water penetration to the seat of the fire. This required a pumper relay to achieve sufficient water to supply the platform.

On the other side of the building, two BA crews using 2 x 30 mm lines were gaining entry and attacking the fire from the ground. A tanker shuttle, assisted by the City of Greater Bendigo's purpose-built tanker, was required to maintain water flow.

Considering the number of BAs and crews required, request was made for the Bendigo PE van, along with Golden Square Salvage (for lighting) to respond.

City of Greater Bendigo representatives were on hand to assist in the overhaul of the incident.

With the waste in a contained area, and indications that extinguishment was going to be difficult, a council loader and operator in BA (Junortoun captain who is BA qualified) were called in to assist, pulling out the 60 tonnes of waste, and using the hand lines to extinguish anything that flared up.

The stop message was put on the fire at around 12.50am and by 2.30am all trucks were released and the site handed back to the City of Greater Bendigo.

It was a very busy weekend in Bendigo as many of the members attending this fire were also involved in the Senior State Urban Championships.

Appliances on side were:
Eaglehawk Tanker, Pumper and FCV
Bendigo Pumper 2, Tanker 1 and 2, Ladder Platform and PE Van
Golden Square Pumper, Tanker and Salvage
Woodvale Tanker
Kangaroo Flat Tanker and FCV
Maiden Gully Tanker

Another case of flexibility required, where we started with an undefined fire and finished with a large structure fire needing 15 appliances.

Well done and thank you to all brigades involved. 

Last Updated: 09 April 2014