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Hot day structure fire
The heat was certainly on at a recycling plant fire in Dandenong South recently.
Senior Station Officer Brett Sleep from Dandenong brigade had just started his shift on 17 January when the call came in for a fire at Polytrade Recycling at the start of another high temp day (40 plus degrees).
As Incident Controller, he was conscious of the high temperature and the impact this may have on firefighters so the Rehabilitation Unit was called in early to help keep members in check. Paramedics arrived to help with the monitoring process especially those wearing BA (breathing apparatus).
Using aerial firefighting vehicles such as Dandenong Ladder Platform and Frankston Teleboom the fire was eventually brought under control even though another ladder platform from Oakleigh was brought in by the MFB with a supporting pumper.
Ground crews in BA worked hard within the structure and managed to contain the fire to the same building without spreading. A Community Alert was sent to notify vehicles using the nearby Eastlink freeway to be aware that thick smoke was affecting visibilty along the roadway.
Police blocked Ordish Road to allow crews good access to the site. Support vehicles such as Scoresby Hose Layer and Frankston BA Van also attended.