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Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Week 5
The Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Public Hearings have now concluded.
The Board of Inquiry is currently in the process of preparing its final report and recommendations for presentation to the Premier. As we advised last week, the final report is scheduled to be presented by the end of August 2014.
The Inquiry Team is still completing considerable work to ensure CFA is well positioned to work with Government, Emergency Management Victoria and Agencies to plan for and respond to the formal recommendations handed down by the Board of Inquiry in the timeliest manner.
It is pleasing to note that Government has expressed its gratitude to CFA and clearly acknowledges the exceptional efforts that were made by all our members and other entities involved in the fires over last summer and particularly the Hazelwood Mine Fire.
This is further reinforced by Counsel Assisting in commending CFA for its overall efforts particularly in relation to the conditions and the number of fires experienced and combatted on 9 February 2014. During closing submissions Counsel Assisting also acknowledged the effective suppression strategy that was developed to extinguish a fire with an endless supply of fuel. They credited the strategy and those who implemented it for ultimately controlling the fire under circumstances where it had the potential to burn for much longer
Please note that the Inquiry website is still available at http://hazelwoodinquiry.vic.gov.au/ for further information and full details of the hearings.
Peter Schmidt and Karen Alexander
Joint Directors, Hazelwood Mine Inquiry