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22 Nov 2016
It was a case of being in the right place at the right time when off- duty firefighter Greg Keighery tackled a fire on his day off over the weekend.

The MFB Station Officer was camping with friends and family near Castlemaine on Saturday afternoon when he was alerted to a large fire outside a caravan.
“I heard a blood curdling scream which got my attention,” he said.
When he ran over to help, Greg saw a large fire and an injured man trying to put it out with a very small extinguisher.
“He was badly burnt and needed medical attention,” Greg said.
The man had been refuelling a generator against his caravan next to a gas fridge.
When he attempted to refuel, the petrol ignited, causing an explosion.
His firefighter instincts taking over, Greg sprung into action, fighting and eventually extinguishing the fire with the help of extra extinguishers he and his friend had in their caravans.
An off-duty nurse who had also been staying at the campground, attended to the man’s injuries.
Meanwhile, Greg arranged for onlookers to call Triple Zero (000) and the injured man was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital with serious burns.
Without Greg’s intervention and the aid of surrounding campers, the incident could have been far worse.
The Station Officer is urging others to avoid making the same mistake by following some simple tips when refuelling a generator:
• Always refuel at least five metres away from any structure
• Ensure you regularly check and refuel your fire extinguishers
• In the event of a fire, call Triple Zero (000) immediately

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