South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service

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Firefighters save Edinburgh plastics factory

MFS Image - 2017 Edinburgh Plastics Fire
Senior Firefighter J Ocenasek

Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) firefighters, supported by the Country Fire Service (CFS) and other agencies, have saved a multi-million-dollar South Australian plastics business from a significant fire in Adelaide’s north.

The MFS received 000 (Triple Zero) calls reporting a blaze near the plastics business on Kaurna Avenue, Edinburgh last night.

The fire rapidly grew, spreading to an estimated two acres of plastics products, with MFS and Country Fire Service (CFS) firefighters instituting an aggressive attack on the fire.

At the height of the incident 60 MFS firefighters from 14 appliances, assisted by Country Fire Service (CFS) firefighters, battled the blaze. The fire was extinguished in under four hours.

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Hazardous Chemicals Storage

Do you have a site with a notifiable quantity of hazardous chemicals? (Notifiable quantity in relation to notifying Safework SA).

If you do, then you are required to create an emergency plan and submit a copy to the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) or South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS).

The South Australian Work Health and Safety Regulators (WHS Reg), requires employers, controllers of premises, occupiers of Dangerous Goods sites and operators of MHFs to carry out a thorough risk assessment to identify, eliminate or control hazards and risks at the site.

Clauses 361 and 557 of the WHS Reg have specific requirements in relation to Hazardous Chemicals (listed in Schedule 11 of the WHS Reg) and materials used, stored or handled at MHF's (listed in Schedule 15 of the WHS Reg).

The MFS and CFS recommend that a whole of site approach to the development of a comprehensive Emergency Plan is adopted. The Emergency Plan should be developed using the site risk assessment as a basis for determining what is required for inclusion in the plan.

To assist operators and licence holders in developing a comprehensive emergency plan, the MFS and CFS have also developed a general emergency plan guideline (Emergency Plans at Facilities having Notifiable Quantities of Hazardous Chemicals and Major Hazard Facilities, MFS Special Risks Department Guideline No. 001).

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In an Emergency

Call Triple Zero in an emergency. Clicking this link will take you to a page with information on how Triple Zero works and when to use it. 106 is the Australian text-based emergency service number. Clicking this link will take you to the Relay Service website with information about 106 Text Emergency Services. It will open in a new tab or window.
Clicking this link will take you to the Alert SA website, which provides access to official, real-time event and warning information in South Australia. This link will open in a new tab or window. Call 1300 362 361 for the latest information on bushfires from the South Australian Country Fire Service.


Out and About

2017 Australia Day Honours - Australian Fire Service Medal

In the 2017 Australia Day Honours List, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Glenn Benham and Retired Retained Station Officer Allan Voigt have been awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal.

The Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) is awarded in recognition of distinguished service by a member of an Australian fire service and in particular, for contributions made above and beyond normal duties and responsibilities. 

MFS Image - ACFO G Benham 2017 AFSM
ACFO Glenn Benham

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Benham, an accomplished firefighter with 34 years’ experience has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to teamwork, organisation development and professionalism. He has displayed considerable dedication in all roles progressing through the ranks of the MFS and externally with the Sustainable Development Program between the MFS and the Tonga Fire and Emergency Service as part of the Pacific Islands Fire and Emergency Services Association.

MFS Image - SO A Voigt 2017 AFSM credit Loxton News
Retained Station Officer Allan Voigt

Recently retired Retained Station Officer Voigt is highly respected for his service and dedication to the MFS and the broader regional community with 38 years’ service including managing the MFS Retained Fire Station at Loxton. His efforts in mentoring and training regional personnel combined with his bravery and actions in the line of demonstrate his passion for the welfare not only of fellow firefighters but for the safety and well-being of the greater community of Loxton.

It is pleasing that the efforts and commitment of Assistant Chief Fire Officer Glenn Benham and Retired Retained Station Officer Allan Voigt have been recognised through a national honour and the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service offers sincere congratulations for the awarding of the Australian Fire Service Medal. [More ...]

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