Airservices Aviation Fire Fighters Help with Flood Clean-Up in Brisbane’s CBD
Brisbane, QLD, Australia (News4us.com) January 21, 2011
Airservices aviation fire fighters have been helping out with the clean-up effort around Brisbane’s CBD this week as the city begins recovering from last week’s devastating floods.
Two teams, each consisting of six or seven specialised aviation fire fighters, an ultra-large fire vehicle, plus an additional 4WD and cleaning equipment, spent the weekend helping to clean mud from streets and arterial roads in the Hamilton and Yeronga areas.
Over the last few days they have been assisting with the clean-up efforts at the Rocklea Fresh Foods Market and at Virgin Blue’s Corporate Headquarters. Aviation fire fighter water rescue crews have also removed debris from the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay.
Airservices General Manager Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting, Andrew Rushbrook, said that Airservices fire fighters would be using specialised vehicles which were capable of dispersing large quantities of water up to 77 metres through the use of a roof monitor.
“This capability is unique to Airservices aviation fire trucks and one which is proving to be quite useful in helping to clean large areas of the mud left behind by the flooding,” Mr Rushbrook said.
One Mk6 and one Mk7 ultra-large fire vehicle are being used, capable of holding 6,500 and 10,000 litres of water respectively.
“Airservices has one of the largest, most highly trained, professional aviation fire and rescue services in the world. Our fire fighters respond to a diverse range of incidents on an aerodrome from medical emergencies, to aircraft and airport building fires. However, our fire fighters also provide support to metropolitan and rural fire fighters and emergency services.
“While it is unusual to see these vehicles outside of one of our major aerodromes, Airservices was keen to do what it can to assist in the clean-up efforts happening across Brisbane,” Mr Rushbrook said.
Airservices is being tasked through the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.
Airservices has also pledged to match staff donations to the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal dollar-for-dollar. During the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, Airservices staff donated in excess of $100,000, which was also matched by organisation.
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