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    It was amazing. In Macedon, brick houses exploded, while a couple of wooden houses still stood. The local publican saved a lot of lives- Had people laying on the floor of the pub, covered with wet blankets and towels. The pets had to stay outside in vehicles and all died of suffocation. The people survived. The ones who stayed and jumped into their pools and water tanks died. We were up a firebreak, felling trees and cutting scrub when we were called on the radio and told to get out NOW. We made it out, the unit behind us didn't. Five good men cooked. Fuck, I hate fire. And I hate the little cnuts who light them.
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    I've seen the doco about that, or a very similar incident. If it's the same one, sorry for the loss of your mates - that was a hell of a firestorm event.

    One house fire, we found concrete roof tiles on the way back to station about a km away - that was just one house on fire. I can understand brick houses literally exploding...

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    Quote Originally Posted by keneff View Post
    Not any more because my body is fukt, But I was a volunteer in the Victoria Country Fire Authority, helped ifght the Ash Wednesday fires in '83. It was the most terrifying time in my whole 66 years.
    Small world. In 83 I was living in Tyabb, Vic. On that Wednesday evening I had night school at Dandenong TAFE. As I drove up towards Dandenong CFA appliances from various parts of the Mornington Peninsular were passing me heading towards the fires. Got to night school and we only lasted about an hour – tutor called it off as it was so hot and unpleasant in the classroom. Suited me as I had night shift after school so was able to get home early for a change and get ready for work. Had about 1/2hr to spare Jumped into my pool to try and cool off – at that stage there was already ash on the water surface. At work some of my Aussie workmates were frantically trying to contact friends and relatives up in the fire area, all to no avail. A pretty unpleasant night shift with the heat and the uncertainty of not being able to contact people.

    And yes, a lot of the fires, particularly the ones in South Australia, were deliberately lit. And sadly, not sure about Ash Wednesday though, but over there there is history of volunteer fire fighters lighting the fires! No reflection on NZ volies or keneff at all here please. Just saying.

    And of course parallels with the Christchurch fires – houses built in idyllic settings in the bush....

    @keneff where did you live in Vic?
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    There was one in Aus recently who was found guilty of that offence, lighting fires. Bullshit really, as if there isn't enough work putting the bloody things out without your own team lighting them...
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    There was one up our way in the mid 90s when I joined. Kept us busy and I learned the trade thanks to him. They got him and he did time in Paremoremo. He fessed up on a few fires and they let some go including when he was in the SI on a IFBA Conference
    He got caught by chance on camera light a fire on Piha Road

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    There's currently one that has been charged and of course, innocent until proven guilty

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    Fire guts former psychiatric hospital in south Auckland | Newshub

    Got called out to this in the early hours of the morning. Surround and drown pretty much.
    Lots of 100 gallon drums around the place with 'flammable' liquids on them. Turned out to be Asylum Paintball.

    Also, very interesting to see what the 3rd alarm response is like compared to a 5th alarm further down the line... We have a whole heap more resources at our expenditure up here.
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    How about the fireman from Ngaruawahia who was setting bombs in public toilets in Hamilton?

    Bradley David Taylor jailed after planting hoax bombs around Hamilton - National - NZ Herald News

    Are all volunteer firemen weird?

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    Quote Originally Posted by systolic View Post
    How about the fireman from Ngaruawahia who was setting bombs in public toilets in Hamilton?

    Bradley David Taylor jailed after planting hoax bombs around Hamilton - National - NZ Herald News

    Are all volunteer firemen weird?
    They have volunteered to run into a burning building.... Some things not wired right having said that, huge respect to them
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    There's a few getting done for lighting fires. These are just a few from NZ:

    Volunteer Aramoana firefighter Bradley Hansen sentenced for Hawke's Bay arsons
    Volunteer Aramoana firefighter Bradley Hansen sentenced for Hawke's Bay arsons | Stuff.co.nz

    Firefighter on trial for arson
    Firefighter on trial for arson - crime - national | Stuff.co.nz

    Firefighter on arson charge
    Firefighter on arson charge | Stuff.co.nz

    Fireman pictured fighting blaze had arson conviction
    Fireman pictured fighting blaze had arson conviction - National - NZ Herald News

    Firefighter on 8 arson charges
    Firefighter on 8 arson charges

    Do the paid firemen in NZ do the same? Or is just volunteers?

    Probably a good thing we don't have volunteer police officers. They might go around stabbing people to get more work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by systolic View Post
    How about the fireman from Ngaruawahia who was setting bombs in public toilets in Hamilton?

    Bradley David Taylor jailed after planting hoax bombs around Hamilton - National - NZ Herald News

    Are all volunteer firemen weird?
    You can fuck right off.
    Some us just do it for the joy of helping people, nothing more.
    We ask no thanks.
    Its often when your busy or have something on.

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    Wish the fuck I had never made that comment in my story about Ash Wednesday. My apologies.

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    That dude systolic is the one not wired right, he's come in to a heap of threads on this forum and done just that - stir shit. In a word, Troll.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swellacott View Post
    Fire guts former psychiatric hospital in south Auckland | Newshub

    Got called out to this in the early hours of the morning. Surround and drown pretty much.
    Lots of 100 gallon drums around the place with 'flammable' liquids on them. Turned out to be Asylum Paintball.

    Also, very interesting to see what the 3rd alarm response is like compared to a 5th alarm further down the line... We have a whole heap more resources at our expenditure up here.
    Saw 387, 381 and 3811 turned out and wondered if you were on then thought about what I was doing at 4.09am - deep sleep
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