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Cambridge IMT Photos

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So just a few pictures from the communications desk…  🙂

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Fires and Pi

3rd of January started pretty much like any other day however I was rostered on for a shift with the Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) as a radio operator. This was a pre emptive move as the weather was expected to be rather hot (Friday 4th Hobart recorded 41.6°C) so the Cambridge center was on standby. By mid day we were no longer on standby, but activated for a fire that was taking hold in the lake Repulse area. By mid afternoon the IMT was now taking care of two fires as a fire in the Forcett region was spreading fast and was posing as a threat to the houses in the area.

Oh about the Raspberry Pi, I ordered one back in late September (2012) and it arrived in the post on Thursday! At this stage I've not had much opportunity to play with it as my commitment to the TFS has taken priority. So at this stage I have Raspbmc running on it. It looks great on a 42" plasma TV! I will be planning to test the Pi on doing some tasks that I run on my server but I don't think that it would be suitable for replacing my server (would need a few more units) but I'll see what happens.

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Meadowbank Fire activates Cambridge IMT

I got a phone call at around 17:45 to ask me what I had planned for the evening! I was just a little non committal at first, but after I phoned the contact from the IMT the picture was looking pretty grim so I put aside my reluctance and headed to Cambridge.

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This is the site of the fire…

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This is the temporary radio room…

The TFS details of this fire can be found at http://fire.tas.gov.au/

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Game Over!

Well today the Cambridge IMT closed for business after all crews were cleard from the fireground and had returned home.

The Wayatinah Fire has been contained for nearly a week and with some rain falling in the area overnight (and expected agian during the weekend) this should pretty much douse any remaining fire in the area. Although the IMT has closed this does not mean that the fire has been abandoned! as the assets that were under threat belonged to multiple agencies they now take on the roving patrols of the area to ensure that there is no recurrence.

During this time I have got to meet some really nice people from the Tasmanian Fire Service, Forestry Tasmania and Parks & Wildlife…  So the next time we meet, lets hope its not for the same reason…  😉

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An end in sight?

Well I've yet to hear the official word, but I believe that the Cambridge IMT will wind up tomorrow evening. If this is to be the case, then this will end a fortnight of work as a volunteer radio operator!

So as you can see from the image above, I was deep in concentration! (OK this is a pose) but receiving and send messages was the main roll and this also included recording weather reports from the field. I've not done an exact count of hours I've spent, but lets say I'm starting to feel the results of long hours … on the plus side during this time my insomnia has not been as bad! 😀

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Wayatinah Fires

On January 31 a fire was reported in central Tasmania. This fire is is located in some rather inaccessible terrain and also has some logging coups that if they go up in flames will make controlling the fire all the more difficult. So why am I mentioning this? well, there is a group of enthusiastic amateur radio operators that have assisted with helping the Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) by providing their time to operate with the Incident Management Team (IMT) as radio operators. This is a job that not only requires great attention to detail, but also the ability to ensure that the information from the fire ground (where the fire is burning) to the relevant person in the IMT.

So far this fire has been burning for 8 days and I've been assisting with radio operations for 7 of these days! and as such I just wanted to make you aware of some of the on-line resources that the TFS have.

For a listing of all current bush fires you can get a summery from www.fire.tas.gov.au this listing is updated frequently from information received from the units attending the fires etc.  There is also RSS feeds that you can subscribe to as well thus keeping the page requests to a minimum! for example… when the smoke from the Wayatinah fire drifted over Hobart the TFS website did suffer from a lot of requests for current information as to where the smoke was coming from!

There are also KML Google Map Feeds for use with Google Earth to get a birds eye view of the area affected!

The current information for the Wayatinah fire is available from here

The current map showing the fire size & burnt out area is available from here