Fire stations of the world: Launceston Fire Station in Tasmania, Australia
The Launceston Fire Station is situated at 85-89 Paterson Street in Launceston, in Tasmania, Australia. Launceston is a riverside city in northern Tasmania and is famed for the Cataract Gorge, with panoramic views, walking trails, sculpted gardens and a chairlift. As Tasmania's population grew after 1900, new fire brigades were established in other towns. From the mid to late 1800's the provision of organised fire fighting services was limited to Tasmania's two main urban settlements; Hobart and Launceston, plus the township of Longford. Launceston currently has a population of 106 153 and covers an area of 435,4 km².
The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) consists of over 230 brigades working out of Fire Stations strategically located in communities throughout the State. The TFS has around 250 career fire fighters and approximately 4 800 volunteer fire fighters. Their career fire fighters work out of four career brigades ie Hobart, Launceston, Burnie and Devonport while their volunteer brigades protect communities throughout urban, rural and regional Tasmania.
Brigades are trained and equipped to respond with the most appropriate resource to the risk they service to ensure that the best outcomes for the community are achieved. Brigade officers are trained to identify circumstances surrounding the incident. Depending on the complexity of the fire, brigades are supported by regional fire investigators. All fires, whether structural or bushfire, are investigated.
Fire fighters receive ongoing, accredited training in a wide variety of competencies drawn from the Public Safety Training Package. This package includes a range of emergency response and management competencies.
For their safety, all operational brigade members are supplied with protective clothing that meets national standards.
TFS is committed to continue to provide across the State the latest multi-purpose appliances, allowing brigades to respond to both structural and bushfires.
The TFS chain of command is the formal hierarchy that provides lines of accountability and responsibility to all operational members of the TFS. It operates in conjunction with the Tasmania Fire Service operating guidelines and instructions. Emergency incidents are managed using Australian Inter-Agency Incident Management System (AIIMS) Incident Control System (ICS) principles.
Brigades are notified of emergency incidents by the TFS Statewide call receipt and dispatch centre called Firecomm. Firecomm is located in the State Headquarters in Hobart and operates 24 hours a day.
Consistent with their vision of a safe Tasmania, the Tasmania Fire Service provides a range of services to enhance community safety. As well as responding to fires and other emergencies, fire brigades throughout Tasmania are available to assist local communities with advice and support on a range of fire-related matters. The prevention of unwanted fires is also important and a number of programmes are in place to minimise fires in homes, in the workplace and in the bush. It's important that all Tasmanians are able to respond safely when fire breaks out. Education and training programmes provided teach participants to extinguish fires safely and to evacuate buildings when they catch fire.
The Tasmania Fire Service also sells and services portable fire protection equipment so that people at home and at work have the equipment they need to extinguish small fires.
Source: The Tasmania Fire Service, Monissa,