Some photos from a CFA tanker

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  1. Basalt

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    Enroute, very early on:
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    Hume Freeway:
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    Hume Freeway again:
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    We worked for hours to save this house, the huge cloud in the distance is actually creating itself off the ranges from Wandong right through to Kinglake:
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    While we were saving one house, we watched this house explode on the next hill:
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    Note no crowning or severe burning yet in this area (Clonbinane, Kilmore, Wandong region). That changes following the wind change. We got the hell out of here just before that came through but still got caught up in it. More pics to follow from within our tanker, whilst we were in survival mode.
     
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    Parked in the middle of a highway with our crew protection sprays activated:
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    This is during daylight time:
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    Watched this house go up over the road whilst hunkered down. Absolutely nothing we can do about it:
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    The pyro-cumulus is getting bigger and bigger. That's our trusty 3.4C tanker on the left:
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    Moving on to where we can be more useful, a bit too warm for comfort just here:
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    You guys should get some kind of bravery medal, great work.
     
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    Last shot is fantastic.
     
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    Wow, suprised you had time to take snaps when your life was at risk!

    Amazing photos and that crew protection thing is cool!
     
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    When you're waiting it out in the tanker, there's nothing productive you can do, so one may as well take some snaps:). Almost all my snaps were taken enroute from one location to another from within the cabin.

    The few I took outside were when we were taking a quick breather (ie. shoving water and staminade down our throats).

    That's why we have very few action shots of us at work.

    EDIT: the crew protection system on the newer tankers is fantastic - basically sprays are located around the outside. You set the pump to minimum pressure and it provides a dripping curtain of water over the whole outside. Our tanker has 3750 L of water, the reserve is 750L (ie 3000L for ff) - we never use that 750L for fire-fighting, it provides about 5min of crew protection (drips not sprays, otherwise the spray would evaporate and not stick to the truck).
     
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    Man that is some crazy shit. Gives us non-firey people a small sense of what it must be like out there.

    That crew protection thing is pretty cool, didnt know that stuff existed.
     
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    Crazy pictures man!

    I didn't know about the crew protection either but after a quick google:
    http://www.warren.usyd.edu.au/bulletin/NO46/BibbyCFA_800.jpg

    do the other trucks have this as well or just tankers?
     
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    Holy Shit.

    That is all.
     
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    Pretty impressive stuff.
    Brings it home for some like myself that don't really have a concept of how full on it is out there.
     
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    I'm actually not sure if they are fitting them to really modern pumpers. The pumper in our brigade does not have it. All the older tankers don't have it either.
     
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    Wow. Top work on all areas.

    Cant imagine the stuff you guys go through.

    Thanks!
     
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    That last shot is phenominal

    Thanks for sharing your pics champ :thumbup:
     
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    Wow that's very cool indeed!
    Are you still out fighting fire? Would be cool to setup a time lapse when you're out of the truck.
     
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    Not currently - crews are rotated so we can be rested (or go back to our day jobs).
    I'm not top of the list right now as I was on a strike team for the whole weekend and saw some pretty intense action. Also went to the Mirboo-Nth/Boolarra fires the previous week and to the Woodend fire the week before that.

    EDIT: re. the time lapse, I reckon fire trucks should have cameras similar to police cars - some of the footage would be awesome (though the language captured can be, um, rather rich and colourful)
     
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    I'd love to set up a camera atop a couple of firetrucks and do a lens shift time shift movie of it...

    Little miniature firefighters fighting little miniature flames.

    Would diffidently be a unique piece of work.

    In a similar manor to this http://www.vimeo.com/2482776
     
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    The reason you will not see crew / emergency protection on a pumper is because they do not go off road. Certainly handy on a pumper doing property protection, but for crew protection nothing nowhere anywhere near as good as a bt2000 for crew protection.


    Imagine working in the dark, in searing heat, needing to drink litres of water every hour, with out a break, while trying to get fresh air in your lungs. Its hard. Then get overrun with fire a few times.


    BTW there is a name for those last 750L of water its GODs water
     
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    Holy crap thats crazy

    last shot is excellent :thumbup:
     

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