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Hazard Abatement in Sunbury

By: Blair Dellemijn

Category: Community Safety

  12.45 AM 3 January, 2014

Location: District 2 News, District 14 News

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Hazard Reduction Burning is an integral part of Sunbury Fire Brigade's Hazard Abatement Program, one of which they performed earlier last month.

Sunbury, Bulla, Melton and Gisborne Fire Brigades came together to aid Sunbury in undertaking one such Hazard Reduction Burn in John Street, Sunbury.

Located just outside the centre of town, this private parcel of land consisted of very thick undergrowth, with trees and shrubbery dotting the perimeter.

With a burn plan put in place, firefighters and appliances set up strategically, the area was successfully burnt out to provide a buffer to the neighbouring properties in the event of a major fire. It also gave firefighters training in building a mineral earth line with rakehoes, safe use and techniques in drip torch use, and controlled burning around substantial assets.  

"Even with the undergrowth still having a bit of green in it, and with a recent sprinkling of rain several nights before, the fire still picked up at a rapid pace," explains Lieutenant Shane Trewin.

Just another way Sunbury Fire Brigade is protecting their community.

Pictures by Blair Dellemijn - CFA Photographer.

Last Updated: 03 January 2014