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Mawson childcare incident

johnboy 20 December 2013 33

ACT Fire & Rescue are on scene the Jenny Wren Childcare Centre, 18 Enderby Street, Mawson.

Firefighters were called to the centre following a power failure.

Due to the heat, 92 children have remained inside the building with crews monitoring their safety.

ACTEW is working to restore power.

ACT Fire & Rescue has two units on scene and a commander.

The Emergency Triple Zero Call (000) was made at 11:32.

12:13 PM

[Courtesy ESA]


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zorro29 zorro29 12:22 pm 23 Dec 13

Ah this thread was worth it for #19, 20 and 28….brilliant. I love a good “back in my day” and those were gold medal! Seriously can’t top them *dips hat

gentoopenguin gentoopenguin 8:32 am 23 Dec 13

As my dad used to say when I whinged for aircon as a kid: “You want air conditioning? Open the window”

Anna Key Anna Key 6:33 pm 22 Dec 13

schmeah said :

Hope parents get some kind of refund for the inconvenience. Paying $100 or so bucks so that Susie and friends have to sweat it out. Rort.

You’ve never had children there recently have you….

Thumper Thumper 6:12 pm 22 Dec 13

Mr Evil said :

I hope that counselling was provided for each and every child, so the trauma of this horrid experience doesn’t haunt them for the rest of their lives.

You weren’t there man….

Thumper Thumper 6:10 pm 22 Dec 13

knuckles said :

OMG!!!!
I don’t have air conditioning at home and I have children.
I didn’t realise we were in such danger.

Should I call 000 and get the Fire And Rescue Team around to monitor my childrens safety?

Although, when you think about it, if you’re getting someone around to look after the health and safety of the kiddies, wouldn’t it make more sense to have paramedics? Not sure why they got the firies unless they were concerned the kids were going to Spontaneously combust.

I hate it when children spontaneously combust…

caf caf 5:13 pm 22 Dec 13

AsparagusSyndrome said :

RandomPoster said :

So what would have happened on a hot day before there was air conditioning?

Back in my day, we didn’t even have electricity, and very few kindergartens could afford a dependable punkawallah. So, when it was really hot, kids would just burst into flames and someone would wander along to pat them down with a wet hessian sack and tell them to stop crying and go back outside and play some more. None of this ‘firemen on standby’ nonsense we have now.

Hessian sack? We would have killed for a hessian sack, all we got when it was hot was a bamboo cane to beat ourselves with, followed by a roll in the gravel if we were lucky.

Antagonist Antagonist 11:39 am 22 Dec 13

troll-sniffer said :

Went past a child care centre somewhere in the inner north today, and bless my soul if the littl’uns didn’t have a garden sprinkler on under the awning and were busy spraying each other,. Aaaah the rarity of lateral thinking will be society’s eventual undoing.

Noted the same at the preschool next to Theodore Primary. You could tell the kids hated every minute of by their screams and squeals of delight.

Seriously though – these morons called the firies instead of a sparkie, and locked the kids indoors ??? Are you sure these people should be allowed to supervise children?

Mr Evil Mr Evil 10:18 am 22 Dec 13

I hope that counselling was provided for each and every child, so the trauma of this horrid experience doesn’t haunt them for the rest of their lives.

bikhet bikhet 3:28 pm 21 Dec 13

At the primary school I went to we would have been allowed to take our ties off! Admittedly not child care, but extend the argument.

maxblues maxblues 2:07 pm 21 Dec 13

Deref said :

maxblues said :

Back in my day, children would have been down in a coal mine earning their keep.

Within 2 years they will be again. And it’ll be character-forming.

Clive Palmer can’t wait until his newly born daughter can be kept busy in a mine (I believe PUP had a coal mine/child care policy). Conversely Gina Rinehart is not keen for her kiddies to be involved in the mines at all.

knuckles knuckles 1:08 pm 21 Dec 13

OMG!!!!
I don’t have air conditioning at home and I have children.
I didn’t realise we were in such danger.

Should I call 000 and get the Fire And Rescue Team around to monitor my childrens safety?

Although, when you think about it, if you’re getting someone around to look after the health and safety of the kiddies, wouldn’t it make more sense to have paramedics? Not sure why they got the firies unless they were concerned the kids were going to Spontaneously combust.

gooterz gooterz 12:24 pm 21 Dec 13

The workers are there for the kids entertainment
The fire-fighters are there for the workers entertainment

Deref Deref 12:15 pm 21 Dec 13

maxblues said :

Back in my day, children would have been down in a coal mine earning their keep.

Within 2 years they will be again. And it’ll be character-forming.

maxblues maxblues 10:58 am 21 Dec 13

AsparagusSyndrome said :

RandomPoster said :

So what would have happened on a hot day before there was air conditioning?

Back in my day, we didn’t even have electricity, and very few kindergartens could afford a dependable punkawallah. So, when it was really hot, kids would just burst into flames and someone would wander along to pat them down with a wet hessian sack and tell them to stop crying and go back outside and play some more. None of this ‘firemen on standby’ nonsense we have now.

Back in my day, children would have been down in a coal mine earning their keep. Why are some parents opposing coal mines?

AsparagusSyndrome AsparagusSyndrome 1:45 am 21 Dec 13

RandomPoster said :

So what would have happened on a hot day before there was air conditioning?

Back in my day, we didn’t even have electricity, and very few kindergartens could afford a dependable punkawallah. So, when it was really hot, kids would just burst into flames and someone would wander along to pat them down with a wet hessian sack and tell them to stop crying and go back outside and play some more. None of this ‘firemen on standby’ nonsense we have now.

BimboGeek BimboGeek 11:19 pm 20 Dec 13

I’m hoping the firemen being called is just an automatic thing that the building does when the power goes out?

If you lose power you’re supposed to call the power company or your electrician depending on the location of the fault. Firemen can’t help!

poetix poetix 10:55 pm 20 Dec 13

astrojax said :

92 children remained indoors. 11 trouble makers were made to stand outside…

That made me think of Lawrence of Arabia with the late Peter O’Toole.

I don’t think that is strictly relevant.

c_c™ c_c™ 9:56 pm 20 Dec 13

bigfeet said :

Are the fire crews there to turn their hoses on the kids if they get too hot?

Presumably, though why 92 kids would take 2 pumpers for the task is a mystery. For that matter why not send in a CAFS unit instead to make some fun bubbles.

agent_clone agent_clone 8:32 pm 20 Dec 13

RandomPoster said :

So what would have happened on a hot day before there was air conditioning?

The child care centres back then were orphanages and well I’m sure you know about their reputations right? Otherwise the family would have had a nanny. And prior to A/C being common whirly birds (fans) were used.

schmeah schmeah 7:35 pm 20 Dec 13

Hope parents get some kind of refund for the inconvenience. Paying $100 or so bucks so that Susie and friends have to sweat it out. Rort.

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