Blue Mountains (Blackheath) Section 44

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Beginning on Monday 13th November 2006 a large Bush/Grass continues to burn in the Blue Mountains and Lithgow Districts of the NSW Rural Fire Service. The fire Burned has so far burned out approx 15,000 hectares in the Mt Victoria, Blackheath and Upper Mountains area.

The Cumberland Zone have assisted with several strike teams,Communications members and 1 FCO up until this time

Our Communications Deputies Peter Hyett, Troy Green & Members Damian Karwaj, Kay Gordon, Eric Scaresbrook & Morag Conroy have attended the Blue Mountains District on 2 12hr commitments, to assist with communications for the fire which has been declared a Section 44 under the Rural Fires Act 1997.(For more information on what a Section 44 is, Click HERE)

Peter, Damian & Kay left Cumberland in the FCV at approx 1600hrs on Saturday 19th and arrived at Blue Mountains Emergency Operations Centre at approx 1700hrs and after receiving a briefing and their accommodation, were tasked to commence night shift straight away.

The crew Headed to Mt Victoria but were later redeployed to the Staging Area at Suttons Park Blackheath to set up the FCV and work as "Blackheath DIVCOM" .

The Crew assisted the DIVCOM with radio Communications, location & tasking of appliances, situation reports, and various other roles as required throughout the night.

Troy, Morag & Eric relieved the night crew on the FCV at 0700 hrs on Sunday 20th and continued assisting the DIVCOM with location & Tasking of appliances, Situation Reports, and various other roles as required throughout the day.

At approx 1300hrs on Sunday the FCV was required to be packed up and head to Katoomba/Leura to assist in setting up a more permanent DIVCOM Location.

The FCV was set up temporarily at the rear of Katoomba Leura RFB Station until the Radios, Phones, etc were set up and operational. The New DIVCOM became operational at approx 1600hrs which was when the FCV was packed up.

The day crew were stood down at approx 1900hrs and relieved by a comms crew from Baulkham Hills.

The Blue Mountains Rural Fire District were also assisted by other Rural Fire Service communication crews from Baulkham Hills, Wollondilly & of course their own Communications Crew.

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