Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

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Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by meg » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:02 pm

This is absolutely tragic...at the moment in Victoria 14 confirmed dead but fears it may be over 40 in total. Also 100 homes lost and the fires are still burning.
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25023335-2,00.html


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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by dlcat1 » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:21 pm

I don't know what to say here.

Words fail the feeling of loss I am experiencing and the apprehension that fellow firefighters (somehow they are more family than the general public) might've copped it.

I'm ex RFS so I will fill post some NSW stuff tomorrow once I get it all together.

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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by Fastlane » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:25 pm

I think the word 'helplessness' describes it best

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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by robbage » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:31 pm

And Queensland got enough water over the last few days to put those fires a thousand times over #-o
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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by meg » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:43 pm

If any of you are Whirlpool members, there are some photos posted in a thread there
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-re ... 95&p=2#r34
and
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-re ... 95&p=2#r39

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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by Fastlane » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:46 pm

Those with iiNet, ABC News Radio is rebroadcasting ABC Melbourne (or of course, do it the old fashioned way and listen on the radio).

mms://mms.iinet.net.au/abcnewsradio (in media player)

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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by meg » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:49 pm

Fastlane wrote:Those with iiNet, ABC News Radio is rebroadcasting ABC Melbourne (or of course, do it the old fashioned way and listen on the radio).

mms://mms.iinet.net.au/abcnewsradio (in media player)
585 on the AM broadcast band for those who like me ain't iinet customers :wink:

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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by robbage » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:00 pm

meg wrote:585 on the AM broadcast band for those who like me ain't iinet customers :wink:
Also on SkyNews (Foxtel 602)
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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by Zebedee » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:04 pm

meg wrote:If any of you are Whirlpool members, there are some photos posted in a thread there
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-re ... 95&p=2#r34
and
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-re ... 95&p=2#r39
As well as the photos, there's some links to some sites in that thread as well, reproduced here as it's not in an area of Whirlpool that's publicly viewable:

CFA Incident Updates:
http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/incidents/inc ... pdates.htm

CFA Incident Summaries:
http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/incidents/inc ... ummary.htm

CFA Stream:
http://cfastream.info/infusions/cfastre ... stream.php
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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by meg » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:13 pm

Zebedee wrote:
CFA Stream:
All - can I suggest that you leave the stream alone for people who really need to get fire info? If it fills up their bandwidth with peeps from WA, then the VIctorians can't get through... I'm sure most of you have an old AM radio sitting around somewhere and you'll get exactly the same audio from that :)

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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by Fastlane » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:15 pm

Guy from Ambulance Victoria just on.. doesn't sound good for some areas that they cant get into yet. Up to 1000 people in one of them and having to bulldoze in or use helicopters..

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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by Fastlane » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:16 pm

meg wrote:
Zebedee wrote:
CFA Stream:
All - can I suggest that you leave the stream alone for people who really need to get fire info? If it fills up their bandwidth with peeps from WA, then the VIctorians can't get through... I'm sure most of you have an old AM radio sitting around somewhere and you'll get exactly the same audio from that :)
I'd say this is true of the CFA website - they've actually made comment on ABC News Radio for people elsewhere to not use it. The info on the CFA scanner stream really isn't a resource the 'general public' would be able to understand (or is being advertised)

EDIT: one of the ones I just checked, has 22 of 200 possible connections.

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Post by wasaint » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:19 pm

Victorian fireys are doing it tough lets hope none of the Dead are fireys and our thoughts go out to families who have lost loved ones today.
Stay safe guys and girls.


http://www.thewest.com.au/aapstory.aspx ... ame=549626

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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by Zebedee » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:32 pm

From what I can tell, the "CFA Stream" site isn't affiliated directly with the CFA, it's a discussion forum site like ours, which also has streaming audio from various CFA channels, much like we have the FESA/WAERN stream.

As best I can figure, it's not a site that's providing essential emergency information to Victorians like the ABC and official sites like the CFA etc are.
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Re: Fires in Vic, SA and NSW Feb 09

Post by robbage » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:33 pm

Fastlane wrote:I'd say this is true of the CFA website - they've actually made comment on ABC News Radio for people elsewhere to not use it. The info on the CFA scanner stream really isn't a resource the 'general public' would be able to understand (or is being advertised)
They also mentioned this on SkyNews. Websites crashing under the load.
Scary stuff... huge winds.. fires heading up hills as fast as you could drive up.
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