10 Nov 2023
TasWater supports Tasmanian Fire Service with confined space training
Collaboration ensures preparedness and safety across the state
In a partnership aimed at enhancing emergency preparedness and safety measures statewide, TasWater has been extending its support to the Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) through confined space training. The collaboration has recently taken centre stage, with a training day held at TasWater's Forster Street Pump Station in Launceston.
Addressing confined space challenges
We recognised the importance of equipping firefighters with the necessary skills to navigate confined spaces safely. Often concealed beneath the surface, these environments can pose unique challenges during rescue operations. By providing access to our sites, we are supporting the TFS train and upskill their personnel and ensure their ability to respond effectively to emergencies.
Highlights of the training day in Launceston
The training day held at the Forster Street Pump Station served as an example of this collaborative effort. Firefighters gathered at the facility, ready to tackle the intricacies of confined spaces. Equipped with helmets, flashlights, and determination, they abseiled into the depths of the Forster street pump station.
Highlighting some of the real risks posed in entering a pump station, Dean Edsall, Area Manager Greater Launceston provided an initial safety brief of the site, before the training began–. Participants learned to navigate tight passages, overcome obstacles, and handle adverse conditions commonly encountered in confined spaces while in full gear and retrieving a “patient” in a stretcher.
A stronger partnership for a safer state
This collaboration between TasWater and the Tasmanian Fire Service has resulted in a stronger bond between the organisations and ensures that first responders are well-prepared to address confined space emergencies.
The Forster Street Pump Station has now become a regular training ground for confined space training for the TFS, the result of the joint effort of two essential entities dedicated to safeguarding the well-being of the community.
The partnership signifies a significant step towards a safer Tasmania, as the skills and knowledge gained during these training sessions will contribute to more effective emergency responses, ultimately saving lives.
As the state continues to face various challenges, the collaboration between TasWater and the Tasmanian Fire Service serves as a shining example of working together and preparedness.