Fire stations of the world: Mortdale Fire Station in Sydney, New South Wales (NSW) Australia
Mortdale Fire Station 048 is situated at 38 Morts Road in Mortdale,, Sydney in New South Wales (NSW) Australia and part of the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW), the State Government agency responsible for the provision of fire, rescue and hazmat services in cities and towns across New South Wales in accordance with the Fire and Rescue NSW Act 1989, the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989 and other related legislation. The current Mortdale Fire Station was built in 1914, can trace its origin back to 1908 and is one of the historic buildings situated in Mortdale. In February 2020, Mortdale Fire Station crews took delivery of their brand new Iveco Type 2 CAFS pumper. The new $364 000 urban pumper features a Rosenbauer NH30 combined normal/high-pressure pump with simultaneous operation of normal and high-pressure stages. It has a three metres rated suction lift, capable of being in operation in seven seconds. Normal-pressure output is rated at 2900L/min @ 1 000kPa, with high pressure running at 300L/min @ 4 000kPa. Making it easy for the pump operators, the schematic waterway is nice and colour coded. Four soft suction inlets and one hard suction inlet area at the rear of the appliance, with four deliveries outlets, two on each side.
The rear hose real is 75m of 19mm NB Fire Booster hose with an Akron Turbojet 1704 nozzle, rated to 115L/min. The pumper is also equipped with a 20 000 lumen manual light mast. CAFS increases the efficiency of fire fighting vehicles by up to five times when compared to non-CAFS equipped vehicles as water lasts longer and is used more effectively. Having a CAFS-fitted vehicle at Mortdale Fire Station has increased the capacity of the station and allowed the fire fighters to expand the types of situations they can respond to, helping to maintain safety and security in the local area.
FRNSW is one of the key agencies involved in the response phase of most emergency or disaster events throughout NSW and is one of the world’s largest urban fire and rescue services, also the busiest in Australia. Mortdale has a population of around 10 419 is located 20 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district and is part of the St George area. Mortdale is situated in the local government area of Georges River Council and extends south to Lime Kiln Bay on the Georges River.
In December 2019, Mortdale fire crews were fighting the unprecedented wildfires around Sydney. The video above was sent from the firefront to show just how quickly a bushfire can spread. The fire fighters can be seen running away as, within seconds, the raging flames roar up to engulf large trees.
Appliances since inauguration at Mortdale Fire Station
1908: 45 R. Bain 5" - Horse drawn manual
1920: Horse drawn - two horse carriage
1924: 17 Garford type 75 pumper
1934: 128 Garford type pumper
1935: 113 Dennis Ace pumper
1937: 247 Dennis Ace pumper
1952: 111 Dennis Ace pumper
1953: 14 Dennis Light 4 pumper
1957: Dennis D600 pumper
1969: Ford Thames pumper
1972: 456 International C1600 pumper
1984: 250 International 1810C pumper
1985: 126 International 1810C pumper
2002: Austral Firepac pumper
2012: Isuzu Class 2 Pumper FTR 600
2020: Iveco Type 2 CAFS pumper
During the launch of the new CAFS pumper, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Commissioner Greg Mullins said FRNSW continued to provide its fire fighters with modern and safe vehicles for their vital work in protecting NSW families. “This new fire engine is part of the largest roll-out of new and upgraded fire engines in FRNSW’s history,” said Commissioner Mullins. “An upgrade such as this ensures that our fire fighters have the best equipment and the latest technology available to them for safety and protection of themselves and the people they protect,” said Commissioner Mullins.
FRNSW local Zone Commander Brian Johnson said Mortdale Fire and Rescue crews did a tremendous job protecting the community. “Mortdale fire fighters responded to more than 600 fire and emergency calls in 2011/12 and took part in more than 133 activities designed to educate the local community about fire safety,” said Superintendent Johnson. “As well as being one of the newest vehicles in our fleet, this new vehicle ensures they have the best equipment and the latest technology for their work.”
Fire and Rescue NSW, previously known as New South Wales Fire Brigades, an agency of the Government of New South Wales, Australia, is responsible for fire fighting, rescue and hazmat services in the major cities, metropolitan areas and towns across New South Wales. Fire and Rescue NSW is the fourth largest urban fire service in the world, with over 6 800 fire fighters serving at 335 fire stations throughout the state, supported by 465 administrative and trades staff and 5 700 community fire unit volunteers. FRNSW are also the busiest fire service in Australia, attending over 124 000 incidents a year. The Fire and Rescue NSW is charged with saving life and property from fire in 187 towns and cities throughout the state of NSW in Australia, and from hazardous materials emergencies throughout the state. Additionally, it shares responsibility for technical rescue with other agencies. The FRNSW fleet is made up of more than 650 fire trucks and rescue vehicles across NSW, which include 422 pumpers, 18 dedicated rescue appliances, three USAR vehicles, 150 4x4 water tankers appliances, in addition to six bulk tankers and two bulk water semi-trailers, 29 aerial appliances, 25 dedicated hazmat appliances, along with hour hazmat-related specialist vehicles, two mobile command centres, two hooklift transporters, seven logistic support vehicles, a foam transport vehicle, five rehab vans and five lube service vehicles (LSVs). They also operate a number of specialist alpine vehicles, which operate out of the Thredbo and Perisher Valley protecting the Snowy Mountains Ski Resorts.
Sources: The Leader, Mortdale Fire Station, Fire and Rescue NSW, CJD Photography