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Frankston firefighters save a life

By: Stuart Walker

Category: Incidents - Structure

  7.30 AM 29 November, 2016

Location: District 8 News

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Firefighters from Frankston had to break down the front door of a house to rescue a woman trapped in a burning house in Frankston this week.

The woman aged in her 50s was unable to escape her single-storey brick veneer home when the fire took hold in her lounge room.

Frankston Fire Brigade Senior Station Officer Stuart Walker said crews found the women inside the smoke-logged building and brought her to safety.

He said a passerby called Triple Zero at 9.41am and staff from Frankston Fire Station arrived within minutes.

He said crews were forced to break the front door as the woman had deadlocked the door. Luckily, the house was fitted with smoke detectors which alerted the passerby to the fire.

The fire was contained to the room of origin, with only minor smoke damage to other parts of the house. 

The fire is a timely reminder that people should make sure their smoke alarms work.

  • Test smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button with a broom handle.
  • Vacuum smoke alarms every six months to clean the vents.
  • Replace the battery annually with a long-lasting alkaline battery.
  • Install a smoke alarm outside the sleeping areas on every level of a house, and install a smoke alarm in bedrooms if people sleep with their doors closed.
  • Don't place smoke alarms near cooking appliances and bathrooms as the smallest amount of smoke or steam can activate them.

Senior Station Officer Walker commended the actions of LFF Powles, QFF Nicholas, LFF McCarthy and QFF Perrott for a great team effort. He said their ability to deploy equipment, force entry and conduct a rapid rescue is a credit to both their training and proficiency.

Last Updated: 23 March 2017