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Country Fire Service / Wirrabara - Maps and Vols
« on: May 10, 2012, 09:55:48 PM »
  I am interested in obtaining the latest line scan map available to the public of the Wirrabara burn area. Does anyone know where I can get one please?

Secondly how the vols coping with the requirements of long shifts during the "non-fire" season and have strike teams been easily filled? It must be hard telling the boss you need to duck off for a day or two.


Emergency Vehicles / Re: Rendelsham EFS Appliance
« on: November 28, 2011, 10:18:15 PM »
A great picture of Bedford in past times and it shows the effort involved by the community to get a truck in those days. The thing was that everyone in the community contributed to a truck and it would be "the communities" truck. Thanks for posting it.

Incident Operations / Re: Strike team to Alice Springs
« on: November 08, 2011, 07:37:06 PM »
Thanks Shoe,
   Might just have to keep watching over the next day or two.


Hi, sorry to bring an old thread up again. I'm just wondering if the Clifton Hills and Moomba-Spencer fires are one in the same that has now split and moved in two directions? (See attachment)

Incident Operations / Re: Strike team to Alice Springs
« on: October 16, 2011, 09:49:58 PM »
DAK the location of the "Simpson Desert 2" fire mentioned on the CFS site. Is it just north of the border or in SA?



SA Firefighter General / Re: Wanted: Cranks required for live web blog.
« on: February 27, 2010, 09:13:36 AM »
Sorry mate, just going by the first post it seems to me like a web blog setup for scanner jockeys to listen in on jobs, guess at what is happening then pass it on, down an unofficial means to the public.

Yes you are almost spot on but it's more than that with queries from locals looking for information or passing it on.

We have found a level of hysteria on 98% of call outs that are basic bread and butter jobs where the truck is back in the station within the hour.

An example from Woodend, Victoria

The first callout for one crew at the start of this fire season was for a basic mva, no injuries. This escalated to ABC Radio and then the press the following day just because the brigade siren went off at 7:45 and locals were scared as the fire-season had been called and it was after Black Saturday.

Showing most incidents are mundane and giving a human response may pacify some of the "ill at ease" who bring this up. This allows for more bandwidth when the CFS needs to be heard.

Surely the best way of disseminating information to the public [although in some cases it has seemed lacking] is via the appropriate agencies media releases, bushfire information and warning messages and the official web sites of the CFS/MFS?

  And the system does use some of the RSS attributes of the CFS system to show what is new and produced officially. It is another tool you may want to use.

Can you provide further information on where the site is 'coming from'? ie; government approved? agency approved and establsihed? etc... or is it a private company doing its own thing?

   The system is a trial by a private company and has been involved with the Federal government EM2AU project. We are yet to discuss this project with the CFS or SA Government as it is in trial but if we believe we can offer something in 2011, we certainly will and hope to meet with some of them in April if it all goes well.

  Happy to chat to you via PM if required.


SA Firefighter General / Re: Wanted: Cranks required for live web blog.
« on: February 27, 2010, 07:26:03 AM »
Hi Alex,
   Would you be so kind to explain what sort of dangers you perceive?

    This process was developed as a response to the federal governments emergency 2.0 EM2AU project which is looking at Community to Community (C2C) and Community to Agency (C2A) interaction via the web and mobiles.

  Whilst this type of C2C/C2A worked well in Haiti recently and has been identified as a valuable tool in floods and cyclones for Australia, the jury is out for bushfires in the response phase. Recovery phase is another story.

   As stated it is a test. We take our results, refine them and then see if this is a tool that can be used in the future.

Hope this helps


SA Firefighter General / Wanted: Cranks required for live web blog.
« on: February 26, 2010, 09:12:49 PM »
Hi Cranks and Crankesses,
  We are currently trialling a bit of funky software that allows local residents who are near or might be affected by fires to ask questions and have others respond.

The aim is to trial it for a week or two and see if it is a valuable tool for bigger days in SA.

We are after a couple of cranks to talk it up and let the listeners know what is going on on larger fires. If the bin outside the fish and chip shop starts smouldering, it doesn't get a gig.

Times on-line are up to you - it's whenever you can.

A few rules only...
  • No internal CFS or government docs or text to be used. EG non-public info in CRIIMSON cannot be given out.
  • Support the vols and staff on the ground.
  • Limited bagging of all things Victorian is expected.

Interested? Enter your details into the Google Form and we will get you online for a few days...


Incident Alert

Country Fire Service / Re: over-issuing public warnings
« on: December 11, 2009, 07:22:41 PM »
Apocalyptic 2.0?

surely some mistake.... isn't it iPoc2.0?


Country Fire Service / Google maps of CFS regions available
« on: September 13, 2009, 12:18:27 AM »
Hi all,
   The original requirement was to plot the CFS regions but has appeared to morph into plotting all the stations which took a bit more time.

   Stations have been "plonked" in or near the centre of town rather than at the fire shed.

   The region border is roughly close but not exact. I reckon I am within 100kms although the region 4 and 6 border we are talking a couple of small European countries out.

The second issue was that Google hated the number of overall pins and I have had to create separate maps per region.

They are open for updates from anyone however I will probably just give a few edit rights once they are refined a bit more. Happy for brigades to use these as they want and to add places like fire towers or non-operational locations as long as they are fire related.

All Regions
Region 1
Region 2
Region 3
Region 4
Region 5
Region 6

Country Fire Service / Re: Map of regions
« on: August 31, 2009, 08:06:11 AM »
Thanks Alan J,
  That's a bit better and explains a few areas. I might post my meager attempt on Google later this week if there is any interest.


Country Fire Service / Re: Map of regions
« on: August 29, 2009, 12:17:21 PM »
  You are more than welcome to have the Grand Prix back. As for VB, I thought this was a fire fighting forum, why are we talking about lolly water?

  I think I have sussed the regions to within 10km to 20km for the southern part which is probably as good as I need it.

  One other question on daylight saving. Do you move into/out of daylight saving as the same time as Victoria or is there a couple of weeks where the time is not 1/2hour difference?

  Final question, where is "West End Export" exported to or is the name factually incorrect?


Country Fire Service / Re: Map of regions
« on: August 23, 2009, 11:04:05 AM »
   Thanks for the link however I thought there might be a better version floating around the interweb or someone's email box, especially around Adelaide.


Country Fire Service / Map of regions
« on: August 22, 2009, 08:26:41 PM »
First time poster, recent subscriber here from Mexico.

Firstly, I was deeply moved regarding the Vic Fires thread from around page 3 to page 6. Interesting to see the comments from everyone is it went to poo over the border and there was nothing that you could do. Thanks for all your thoughts and understand completely the ones who wanted to head code 1 and those who knew that the time would come.

I wonder if someone could provide a link to a detailed map of the regions on the interweb somewhere.


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