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Firefighters use foam in aftermath of helicopter crash

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02 Nov 2013
Fire crews worked quickly to stop a potential fire after a helicopter crashed in Richmond on Saturday.

Just after 6.30pm, crews responded to a reported helicopter crash Batman Avenue, Olympic Boulevard.

On arrival MFB crews were confronted with a Bell Helicopter which had attempted a take-off and then crashed to the ground.

The female pilot was already being attended to by paramedics on scene; Victoria Police were also in attendance.

Crews from Richmond Fire Station quickly doused the downed helicopter with foam, as there was a substantial amount of fuel leaking from the helicopter. 

MFB crews created a foam blanket onto the helicopter whilst crews in full PPC disconnected the last remaining potential ignition source being the helicopter batteries.

Due to the terrain and location of appliances some foam entered the surrounding drains in the area and made its way to the Yarra River where MFB Fireboat 6 was responded to capture the foam by means of booms.

Victoria Police maintained a presence throughout the night until the arrival of ATSB representatives to commence an investigation of the accident.

Commander Shane Rhodes has acknowledged the outstanding work by MFB crews on scene to eliminate any further potential hazards from occurring during this incident.


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