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Forced fire evacuations debate both sublime and ridiculous

johnboy 19 September 2005 10

ABC Online has a story on a bizarre debate on the serious issue of whether the police should be able to compulsorily evacuate houses in emergencies.

New Orleans has given us a recent demonstration of what happens when compulsory evacuations aren’t, um, compulsory. On the other hand, prepared and equipped people seem to do rather well at saving their houses against even the fiercest of fires.

But then John Hargreaves has to wave his willy around:

When it comes to a choice between saving a house and saving a life, it’s a very easy choice for me

An easy choice if the Minister for Emergency Services hasn’t buggered off on holidays the night before and the Chief Minister isn’t too busy having coffee perhaps?

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10 Responses to Forced fire evacuations debate both sublime and ridiculous
Thumper Thumper 8:32 am 21 Sep 05

The major issue here is that, if people stay they put Emergency Services people (Cops, SES, Firies, Ambos, etc) at a greater risk when they have to go in and try to save them.

And of course, if the Emergency Services don’t attempt to save them, then they, the public, will complain that no-one came to help them.

Its a difficult issue to work out but I would suggest earlier warning (thats a novel idea?)would give people the time to prepare, and then evacuate, therefore sparing Emergency Service personnel having to go in when its really dangerous.

Forced evacuation is a horrible thing, but if one has prior warning then at least one can prepare, ie, take the photos and the cat sort of thing.

Sadly this is a legacy of a government failing during the 2003 fires when no-one knew what was happening because the government either refused to tell anyone, or simply didn’t know.

Maelinar Maelinar 1:10 pm 20 Sep 05

Lol, I’ve been farming out New Orleans jokes all last week, there’s even been Hoff involvement…

Thumper Thumper 12:45 pm 20 Sep 05

Well, the rain was a-falling and the ground turned to mud

I was watching all the people running from the flood

So I started to prayin’ though I ain’t no prayin’ man

for the Lord to come a helpin’ knowing he’d understand.

okay, that was a lame effort….

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:25 pm 20 Sep 05

…drove my Chevy to the levee…..

Thumper Thumper 9:13 am 20 Sep 05

The version I heard said;

Eric Bourdon, lead singer of the 60s band the Animals, today issued a public apology, apparently there is no house in New Orleans….

Thumper Thumper 9:11 am 20 Sep 05

Mr Evil,

hehehehehe… being an Animals fan I laughed myself stupid at that one….

Mr Evil Mr Evil 8:45 am 20 Sep 05

It’s never too early for New Orleans jokes!

Eric Burdon, former lead singer of ‘The Animals’, has categorically stated that he was incorrect when he sang “There is a house in New Orleans”!

Chalker Chalker 8:29 am 20 Sep 05

Is it too early for New Orleans jokes yet?

Thumper Thumper 7:43 am 20 Sep 05

Very perceptive JB….


Samuel Gordon-Stewart Samuel Gordon-Stewart 9:58 pm 19 Sep 05

I think the main difference here is that Fires tend to be put out, whereas water isn’t easily drained from cities below sea level. That, in my view, was the main problem, they couldn’t get rid of the water which severely hampered operations. Canberra doesn’t have that problem because we aren’t near the coastline, and people tend to be more fearful of fires anyway. In the event of a fire you will always have people who will stay behind, and if they survive they aren’t usually going to have trouble remaining mobile.

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