Kingston gym evacuated due to small electrical fire

Canfan 22 January 2016 1
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ACT Fire & Rescue responded to an Emergency Triple Zero call just before 1.30pm today in relation to a small electrical fire at a gymnasium at the Kingston Shops on Kennedy Street, Kingston.

Occupants had self-evacuated as a precaution and ACT Fire & Rescue staff found the issue to be with a melted electrical component in the air conditioning system.

Staff and customers are now able to return to the building.

Three fire pumpers, Bronto aerial platform, breathing apparatus unit and two Commanders responded to the incident.

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One Response to Kingston gym evacuated due to small electrical fire
HenryBG HenryBG 3:14 pm 19 Jan 16

“…Bronto aerial platform, … responded to the incident.”

The other day, we read in the news,
“THE United Firefighters Union says the public is being put at risk by the continued unavailability of Canberra’s only appliance that can reach fires in buildings above 7 storeys.”
“ESA Commissioner Dominic Lane said …
It’s very rarely actually needed to undertake its duty. It’s great to have such a wonderful piece of equipment available to us, however it’s a complex piece of machinery, it does require regular and important routine maintenance.”

Now, the Kingston shops may have rapidly evolved in the couple of months since I last went there, but I don’t recall anything being even 3 stories tall, let alone 7 or more.

So, here we have a “complex piece of machinery” that requires “regular maintenance” and is “rarely used” being sent out to a very minor fire most unlikely to match the requirements for which it was procured, thus reducing its availability for the special emergencies for which it is the sole available appliance.

Please tell me where I’m reading this all wrong….

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