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Life saved in Noble Park
CFA firefighters saved the life of a woman last Wednesday night in what Incident Controller Josh Redfern (Dandenong Fire Brigade) described as a “tough rescue”.
Detailed information from neighbours, rapid planning and communication en route and an "aggressive" initial search led to the rescue of a woman from a house fire, which broke out shortly after midnight on 18 August.
On their way to the fire, firefighters received valuable information from neighbouring residents who informed Triple Zero that they believed an elderly couple were inside the home.
When they arrived at the scene, crews found the Noble Park North home well alight, and urgently focused on searching for the couple inside.
While firefighters successfully found the woman within 30 seconds, unfortunately the male resident was lost in the blaze.
Incident Controller Josh Redfern (Acting Station Officer at Dandenong) praised firefighters for their efforts and quick actions.
“Tragically, and despite the best efforts of CFA, MFB and Ambulance Victoria, the man was not able to be revived,” he said. “But despite the tragic loss we are proud of the dynamic response to this fire by all members on scene.
“This was a multi-agency event involving CFA career and volunteer members, MFB, Ambulance Victoria and Victoria Police – all working hand in glove to best achieve our aim.”
Josh said the fire had been attended by two Dandenong pumpers closely followed by an MFB pumper, the Bronto aerial appliance and support vehicles.
While CFA firefighters were able to focus their efforts on search and rescue, an MFB crew worked in tandem to fight the fire from outside, “knocking down the main fire in order to facilitate a fast primary search by the CFA crew,” according to Josh.
“As a result of the facts gathered en route, communication was established between the responding appliances and a plan developed so crews could hit the ground running,” he said.
“The brigade was met by a house well alight, with neighbours again informing crews that there was a couple inside, one of whom required a walking frame for mobility.
“The second occupant, a male was found in the kitchen at the other end of the house as the crew continued their primary search.”
Josh acknowledged the work of CFA firefighters who enacted their emergency medical response training to treat the female patient until the arrival of ambulance crews.
The incident was brought under control within 30 minutes.