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Firefighters in axe attack receive commendation from MFB Chief

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19 Jan 2016
Six firefighters involved in a frightening axe attack late last year have received a Chief Officer’s Commendation for their bravery.

On 30 August just after 10pm, crews from Broadmeadows and Somerton fire stations were called to extinguish a series of fires in Papworth Place, Meadow Heights.

While extinguishing a car fire, residents informed them of a house fire further down the court to which they responded. At the same time the MFB Communication Centre advised firefighters there was a possibility of a person, armed with an axe, in the vicinity of the fires.

Shortly after arriving at the house fire the crews came under attack by a person carrying an axe and a quantity of flammable liquid. Crews immediately retreated from the area until the attacker left. Firefighters then returned and proceeded to extinguish the house fire and several other small fires that had been lit. It was then that the attacked returned a second time and crews escaped safely and awaited Victoria Police.

The commendation presented by Chief Officer Peter Rau states:

“The dedication, professionalism and initiative they displayed when confronted with such an unexpected situation combined with the threat of personal injury from the armed offender, reflects great credit on them and the Brigade as a whole.”

Recipients include Station Officer Stephen Mack, Leading Firefighter Noel Marshall, Leading Firefighter Andrew Taylor and Station Officer Rachel Cowling, Leading Firefighter Dennis Andrew and Qualified Firefighter Peter Dean.

Above: Three of the six firefighters recognised by Chief Officer Peter Rau (far left) and Deputy Chief Officer David Youssef (far right)

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