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F ire crews from Beenleigh,
  Loganlea, Woodridge, West
Logan, Southport and Helensvale
were called to a large carpet factory

More than 5000 rolls of carpet
and vinyl inside the warehouse
produced an intense blaze that
sent large plumes of black smoke
billowing into the air.
The toxic smoke led police to
declare an emergency situation
at 11:50 and they subsequently
evacuated the area.


needed to remove the roof to allow


later that afternoon, but back-up
crews remained throughout the
night to monitor and mop up.
About 30 employees were inside

out, although none were injured.




                                    A couple whose                any action or perceived
                                    Brindabella property was      lack of action by the QFRS.     to deal with them, in
                                    burnt is seeking damages,     What can we do about it?        combination with their
                                    interests and costs from      We need to realise that         experience and training
                                    Mr Koperberg.                 the QFRS is not above           and to self-manage on an
                                    They allege that he           criticism and we face an        incident ground within
                                    failed to supervise or        increased level of public,
                                    adequately instruct           governmental and legal          understood framework.
                                                                  scrutiny.
                                    to standard operating         So we have to step up to        this State needs to
                                    procedures; failed to         the plate in making sure        familiarise with and train
                                    appoint experienced and       that we earn and maintain       in Operations Doctrine
  was recently made aware           competent personnel to
  of the civil action being                                       work we do.                     challenge for all of us, not
brought against New South                                         How do we do this? We do
Wales Rural Fire Service            management agreement                                          in an urban environment,
                                                                  our utmost to ensure our
(NSWRFS) Commissioner               with the National Parks                                       and more crucially when
                                                                  training and adherence
Phil Koperberg for                  and Wildlife Service for                                      the two converge.
negligence in the face of the       that area.                    System principles and the       The responsibility is

burned across NSW and the           individual, rather than the   and Directives of the           per cent compliance and
ACT in January 2003.                RFS as an organisation,       Operations Doctrine are         understanding of the
The facts of this case are          has been the focus of         maintained across all           Operations Doctrine and
very interesting, and of                                          levels of our organisation.     to see us doing our best,
                                    Australia.                                                    safest and most-effective
                                                                                                  work possible in our
                                    Could a similar action        variances that can occur
wondered how exposed                                                                              communities.
                                    be brought here in            during an emergency
Queensland would be                 Queensland? Yes, quite
given a similar set of              possibly, if someone felt     the Operations Doctrine
circumstances.                               tly aggrieved by                                             QFRS Commissioner


10 EMERGENCY March 2006                                                                         www.emergency.qld.gov.au

				
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