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SA Firefighter General / Re: Trivia
« on: May 24, 2007, 04:00:37 PM »
Not quite Bill.   :-D  You know what im talking about.

Country Fire Service / Life Expectancy of New Trucks
« on: May 23, 2007, 10:16:20 PM »

Are the trucks that have been built in the last few years going to last to 20 years?

Naracoorte Pumper - 9 Years old & full of rust

Stirling Pumper - 4? Years old & continual problems.

Seaford Pumper - 14? Years old Continual Problems (seems to be going well at the moment)

McClaren Flat 34 - 2 or 3 years old and has problems staying on all 4 wheels.

Was speaking to a GO down my way a few weeks back and he said the workman ship on the newer trucks is shocking.  The electrical system in the truck is useless - The water level indicator has 10 wires in the same tube all black! no colour coding.

And then you look at the appliances built 20 years ago like Burnside Pumper & Eden Hills Pumper.  Still going strong at 25 & 20 respectively.  Why is this?  New parts not as good?  Competition is greater therefore cheaper prices therefore lesser quality?

What are peoples thoughts?

SA Firefighter General / Re: Operation Seek
« on: May 23, 2007, 04:07:42 PM »
May i ask what your problem is?  All you ever do is bag the schei├če out of us South Easters....

SA Firefighter General / Re: Trivia
« on: May 23, 2007, 03:31:13 PM »
At that stage it was Sellicks 34

Well thats a bit different considering you asked which 34P was the latest to be delivered.... :-D

Country Fire Service / Re: MFS in Mt Barker
« on: May 23, 2007, 03:27:37 PM »
What the MFS want and what the MFS get are two different things.  All comes down to what SAFECOM & the government have to say.

Considering Stirling are doing 300ish? calls that really isnt a big warrant for a paid crew sitting there 24/7.  Considering a 1 truck MFS station requires about 16-20 staff at roughly $40,000 a year (Maybe more maybe less but its a benchmark) $40,000 x 16 = $640,000.  Thats alot considering the CFS costs $0!

So MT Barker MFS, Crafers MFS & Seaford MFS are probaly further away than most people think.

Country Fire Service / Re: Volunteer Mag
« on: May 22, 2007, 05:59:22 PM »
You already have the little red car so your part way there....anyone wanna chip in the beer and pizza?

Country Fire Service / Re: MFS in Mt Barker
« on: May 22, 2007, 05:55:27 PM »
Camo,not sure if the union would agree to paid and volunteers in the one station like they have in CFA. Mind you not sure why CFS has not looked at having paid CFS staff and Volunteers in some of its stations.

Doesnt really matter what the CFS or Union say as it will be SAFECOM and known as the South Australian Fire & Rescue Service  :-D

Country Fire Service / Re: Volunteer Mag
« on: May 22, 2007, 04:42:05 PM »
bye krista,all the best hope you have enjoyed your time in the CFS i know you guys have been very busy.Now we have lost yet another good media person :-(

Maybe an opening for you Blinkey?  Seeing your big ugly mug on the telly might make people be more fire safe  :-D

Country Fire Service / Re: MFS in Mt Barker
« on: May 22, 2007, 04:40:45 PM »
Like i have said before why not have 1 full time truck and the rest crewed by vollies.

In Barkers case this would be perfect.  There is no need for a 2 or 3 truck MFS station because of lower call numbers but they would need back up at decent jobs and this is where the vollies get the gig.

Also anything that is rural could be done by the vollies instead of sending the fulltimers out of the city and the vollies having to do COQ.

This model could be applied in a few areas of the state.  Seaford for one.

SA Firefighter General / Re: Ammusing pager message.
« on: May 22, 2007, 04:33:14 PM »
Ours does. (Gambier)

Think our alerts is made up of GO's & Op's Brigade.

All Equipment discussion / Re: Burnside Pumper
« on: May 22, 2007, 05:44:37 AM »
Im not saying im correct but it would seem no one can tell me why a type 2 isnt good enough.  Ill gladly apologise and support Burnside if they can tell me why they have decided to go this way.

And having said that i do support Burnside and any brigade around the state that wishes to improve the quality of service the CFS provides but i would also like to know why.

All Equipment discussion / Re: Burnside Pumper
« on: May 21, 2007, 08:22:56 PM »
Blinky, what would have happened if Naracoorte got told they weren't going to have a stand alone rescue, and to stick the RCR and Hazmat gear on a 34P or a the pumper, would you have taken that advice and gone, no worries, I doubt it, so why are Burnside any different. They can onyl try, it just so happens they have a bit more bargaining power than most, or is that balls.....

Hmm...My feeling is they are two seperate things....

Burnside have been offered a type 2 that is more than adequate but they want more.

A stand alone rescue compared to rescue shoved onto an appliance where it doesnt fit properly isnt adequate.  In Naracoortes Case anyway.

Country Fire Service / Re: Volunteer Mag
« on: May 21, 2007, 08:19:31 PM »
Farewell Krista..

Best wishes for the future

Country Fire Service / MFS in Mt Barker
« on: May 21, 2007, 06:33:12 PM »
Like i said this isnt the place for it but if you persist.

Sure a volunteer service in Mt Gambier may not provide as good as service as a retained service. but if you look to the north of adelaide at places like burra where the cfs provide a better service then the mfs.

Just depends on the location and who is willing to volunteer. In Barkers case who have no problems getting out the door then where is the improvement going to be in a retained service?

In relation to your 2nd comment. The MFS wont move into Mt Barker for a long time until they could sustain a full time would have pretty hard time convincing the government otherwise....why spend the extra money when its not needed?

and Mt Gambier has nothing to do with it....Mt Gambier was orginally a retained station....Mt Barker would be a brand new station.

All Equipment discussion / Re: Burnside Pumper
« on: May 21, 2007, 03:03:05 PM »
And no i don't think the type 2 is suitable for the CFS.

I think that is fine for you to say that comment, your more than entitled too.

But no one yet has said why the Type 2's are not suitable for the CFS.

Like i said before NSW & VIC both use these appliances and seem to be more then happy with them, so why not Burnside?

SA Firefighter General / Re: Ammusing pager message.
« on: May 21, 2007, 03:00:25 PM »
Flue Fires could only be a single brigade response?  and then due to crewing issues the GO might know about he then sent another brigade?

Country Fire Service / MFS in Mt Barker
« on: May 21, 2007, 11:31:41 AM »
ok going off track but anyway.

A Retained station will never take over a volunteer station.  Why?

There is no improvement in service.

If MFS ever take over Barker it will be 24/7.  Now back to the stations.

SA Fire Fighter Events / Re: up coming events
« on: May 20, 2007, 09:04:29 PM »
Well yeah i didnt know there was stuff inside the hall.... oh well.

I went down to port mac to there field day and had good fun.

SA Fire Fighter Events / Re: up coming events
« on: May 20, 2007, 03:12:27 PM »
The expo sucked to put it lightly....unless things started to get exciting after i left.

Country Fire Service / Re: This years call rates
« on: May 19, 2007, 08:47:17 PM »
Nah just more money going into the MFS maybe. Seriously i thought the CFS budget on a whole had been cut?

Think Ashes had said that it had been boosted for next year due to the required driver training....but maybe its been cut from other areas?

Country Fire Service / Re: This years call rates
« on: May 19, 2007, 06:02:32 PM »

Thats a bit odd Bill cause we heard we'd actually be getting less in our budget next year (Even though we've been busier this year). That to me sounded like the funding had already been set at a fixed rate.  :?

Maybe the funding simulator has determined you have been over funded in past years and the new rate is what should be required?

OFF Topic / Re: Fire Books/Novels
« on: May 19, 2007, 12:11:33 PM »
Just got a copy of Firestorm by Peter Clack..

Seems interesting so far. 

SAMFS / Re: 204
« on: May 18, 2007, 05:47:53 PM »
I think SA Firey must get bored and just go looking through all the old threads....Im guilty of this occasionaly

All Equipment discussion / Re: Burnside Pumper
« on: May 18, 2007, 05:44:20 PM »
Not being a pump wizz i couldnt give you the proper answer but i would imagine 1900lpm is probaly the most you will get from a motor driven pump.  If you want more you will need to look at PTO pumps.  But thats just me guessing.

As for Burnside wanting more then a type 2.....i know people say lets support them so the rest can get better in the future but seriously who is up for a new pumper in the next 5 years?  Cos in 5 years everything will have changed again and what Burnside have achieved will be redundant, in a way.

And also how can the type 2 not be sufficient?  Pretty sure NSWFB & CFA use the same truck and serves them just fine with probaly bigger cities then what SA have.

SA Firefighter General / Re: Ammusing pager message.
« on: May 18, 2007, 05:37:22 PM »
SHQ: HAHAHA 11 MINUTES FOR A CERTAIN CRANK BRIGADE TO BOOK MOBILE.............. :p < 18/05/2007 14:24:05

and just before that....


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