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Echuca CFA emergency response times almost perfect

By Ivy Jensen

ECHUCA Fire Brigade is arriving at emergencies within its target time frame almost every time.

The latest emergency response times show the CFA crew responded to 23 ‘‘hazard class two’’ incidents within eight minutes 91 per cent of the time between January 1 and March 31, 2020.

It took seven minutes and 53 seconds for crews from any brigade area to reach 90 per cent of emergency incidents, according to the CFA figures.

It's slightly down from the previous quarter, where the Echuca brigade responded to ‘hazard class two’ incidents within eight minutes 100 per cent of the time.

“We’re not perfect every time, but the minimum is 90 per cent and we’re above that and that’s our aim,” captain Rob Amos said.

Echuca fire department attend to a car accident on Hare St, which resulted in a car bursting into flames. Photo: Cath Grey

“There are a whole lot of reasons why we could have arrived later than eight minutes. The roadworks in town could have slowed us down. It could also be the time of day and how much traffic is on the roads.”

Mr Amos said the brigade was reasonably busy over the three months, with three car fires, a blaze at a Premier St unit and a few car accidents among the most significant incidents.

“We had 253 calls over the financial year, which is about standard,” he said.

Alan 'Pa' Eley's quick actions helped stop a fire engulfing a Premier St home.

Across Victoria, the community received a CFA fire service within the standard response time in 88 per cent of emergencies, which is broadly consistent with previous quarters.

CFA acting chief officer Garry Cook said during the same time, CFA firefighters from across
the state joined strike teams to fight the devastating fires in East Gippsland and the North East.

“Not only did they help fight some of the most devastating bushfires that Victoria has seen for a long time, but our firefighters also upheld an amazing service to their own communities and I could not be more proud,” he said.

Now we are in winter, where the risk of house fires is statistically higher, Mr Cook urged all
community members to help the CFA save lives by installing smoke alarms in all bedrooms and living areas and checking them regularly to ensure they are working.

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