Specialist skills result in fast outcome for collision

Member News image Woodend Firefighters on scene at collision on Wednesday.


Specialist skills of local firefighters support interagency response at collision in Woodend on Wednesday.


CFA firefighters from Woodend Fire Brigade were called to an incident at North Woodend at around 6:15pm on Wednesday night, where a car had struck a house.

Woodend Captain Michael Dornau lived close by and was first on scene, with the Woodend Pumper and Tanker on the way.

Luckily the occupants were able to remove themselves from the vehicle and firefighters worked on removing the car from the wall.

Local VICSES volunteers were on scene to help with reinforcing the structure while CFA crews removed the vehicle. Victoria Police helped organise the tow truck and Ambulance Victoria were called as a precaution.

Michael was thankful for the range of skills and expertise of crews working on the incident, with one responding firefighter a builder by trade.

“It’s the beauty of being a volunteer fire service because he was a builder, we were reassured that the building wouldn’t collapse in the event we moved the car. This expertise saved us a lot of time as we didn’t have to wait for other authorities," Michael said.

“Once the building was deemed safe we removed the vehicle.

“This isn’t the first time the professional skills of our volunteers have been helpful at incidents. We also have a volunteer who's also an electrician and helped at another recent incident.

“It was a great example of interoperability, all agencies working well together.”

Volunteers were on scene for around two hours removing the car and once the scene was deemed safe, it was handed to VICSES and Victoria Police.


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Submitted by Courtney Walker