Tatura's Country Fire Authority brigade ensured a fire that broke out on a fuel tanker did not get out of control.ELAINE COONEY June 30, 2014 3:07am
Tatura firefigher Colin Magnay, brigade captain Graeme Dean and secretary Bill Stockdale were part of the crew to combat a fuel tanker fire last week.
‘‘You don’t get time to feel nervous, but we were concerned.’’
Tatura firefigher Colin Magnay said his crew was too focused on members’ safety to feel butterflies when extinguishing a fuel tanker blaze on Wednesday.
A fuel tanker carrying 57
Mr Magnay said the firefighters felt 50
‘‘If it exploded, a safe distance would be a kilometre,’’ he said.
He said fuel tanks needed plenty of heat before an explosion occurred.
‘‘There was a fair bit of flame, but it was not displaying that it was under pressure,’’ he said.
Tatura fire brigade secretary Bill Stockdale said when the crew arrived at about 5.50
Captain Graeme Dean praised the efforts of the Tatura driver who used four handheld fire extinguishers on the blaze before the crew arrived.
‘‘He slowed it down,’’ he said. ‘‘The driver really did the right thing, he moved the truck off the main road onto the side road.
‘‘He was on the phone to triple zero with one hand and had the extinguisher in the other.’’
Mr Dean said the driver remained calm.
Mr Magnay said if the fire happened five minutes later it would have been in the centre of town, which would have raised a whole range of new risks.
The first page the Tatura firies received at 5.40
‘‘The second page came as we were getting our gear on,’’ Mr Dean said.
It read that it was a B-double fuel tanker.
Mr Stockdale said the crew was fortunate to receive the update before attending the fire so members could prepare for a possible explosion.
The crew spent 10 minutes extinguishing the blaze, but did not leave the station until 8.30
Mr Dean went back home to get his children ready for school.
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