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MFB advises increased fire appliances activity

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13 Feb 2009
The MFB is advising the public not to be concerned if they see an increase in fire appliance activity.

The potential for increased emergency services activity is due to the smoke from the bushfires which is now impacting on Melbourne. Smoke can trigger automated fire alarms, causing the MFB to respond as part of normal procedures.

The public is advised to only call 000 if flames are visible so as not to impact on response to genuine emergency calls.

Melbournians should be reminded that fire risks remain extremely high and all residents across metropolitan areas should not to be complacent in regards to fire prevention and safety. Prepare your property and have a fire plan.

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For further information, please contact the Media and Communications Department on (03) 9665 4394 or

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