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Fire at Bega Court Flats

Firefighters have extinguished a fire on the second floor of the Bega Court Flats on Cooyong Street in the City.

ACT Fire & Rescue has three pumpers, the hazardous materials unit, the Bronto aerial unit and a commander on scene.

The flats were unoccupied. Firefighters are now conducting atmospheric monitoring of the site. Investigations into the cause will begin soon.

The ACT Ambulance Service is also on scene. No injuries reported.

House fire in Wanniassa

Firefighters have extinguished a fire in a Wanniassa home this evening.

ACT Fire & Rescue was called to Methven Place at 9.45pm. No one was home at the time.

Two rooms were damaged by fire. Atmospheric monitoring is now being conducted.

Three pumpers remain on scene and the investigation in to the cause is underway.

Vale Val Jeffery

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ACTESA) A/g Commissioner Mark Brown today paid tribute to prominent Tharwa resident Val Jeffery AFSM who passed away yesterday aged 82.

“Mr Jeffery was a passionate advocate for bushfire protection in the ACT having served the community in various capacities for over six decades including as a long time members of the ACT Rural Fire Service,” Mr Brown said.

“His formal commitment to protecting his community from bushfires, through Brigade membership, began in 1953,” he said.

“Throughout this period, Mr Jeffery undertook key leadership roles, both in the local brigade, and at a Territory level. All of his fire-fighting contributions have been made as a volunteer.

“Mr Jeffery served in various senior roles with the ACT Bushfire Council, ACT Bushfire Service and ACTRFS Southern Brigade from the early 1970’s until 2012.He was routinely re-elected to, unopposed, to positions such as Chairperson and Captain because he was held in exceptionally high regard.

“In addition to undertaking the usual key responsibilities associated with this role, he always ensured that local landholders and townspeople were competent to protect their own properties from fire. He also ensured that they are kept fully informed about likely dangerous fire days.”

Val Jeffery was awarded the National Medal, (recognising 15 years of meritorious service) and 3 clasps to the medal, in recognition of an additional 30 years of continuous service. He was awarded an Australian Fire Service Medal in 1994 and an ACTRFS Long Service Medal in 2014 for 60 years service.

“On behalf of the ACT Rural Fire Service and the wider ESA I offer our sincere condolences to the Jeffery family on Val’s passing,” Mr Brown said.

ACT strike team heading to Victoria

FullSizeRenderA strike team of ACT firefighters is heading to Victoria tonight to assist with extinguishing a major recyling fire in Melbourne.

It follows a formal request from the Victorian Emergency Services Commissioner earlier today.

The ACT Fire & Rescue Strike Team is made up of one commander, two station officers and five firefighters along with one heavy and one medium tanker fitted with compressed air foam system (CAFS) and a command vehicle.

CAFS is particularly effective in extinguishing these type of deep-seated fires involving recycled materials.

The deployment is expected to be completed on Monday afternoon and is similar to one that occurred to a major tip fire in Somerton, Victoria in November 2015

House fire in Lyons

Firefighters have extinguished a fire at a two-storey unit complex on Strathgordon Court in Lyons.

Two vehicles parked underneath a car port were damaged as well as the exterior of the building and one room on the first floor. Firefighters contained the fire to the room but there is smoke damage throughout the remaining rooms.

Fifteen people safely evacuated the complex.

ACT Fire & Rescue has five pumpers, the Breathing Apparatus Van and a commander on scene.

The ACT Ambulance Service is also in attendance.

The incident has been handed to ACT Policing for further investigation.