On Monday 2nd July at 1300 hrs Phillip Island brigade was responded to assist Police at the Cowes Jetty, Code 3.
Upon arrival, crews were confronted with an oil slick in
Initial size up from the crew was not looking good however after investigating the scene it was soon realised that the slick was a result of Diesel coming through the storm water drain system and absolutely nothing to do with the ship moored in the bay.
The Brigade quickly realised that this was a substantial leak and that fumes and fuel was flushing out onto the rocks and into
Crews were assisted by Bass Coast Shire Council, Victoria Police, Parks Victoria,
Crews spent approx 4 hours checking the sewer network of
We had been experiencing significant rainfall throughout
Under the direction of Group Officer Damien O’Connor a multi agency Emergency Management team was formed in the car park of
By 1700 the amount of contaminants in the storm water had reduced significantly and the readings in the drains had reduced. Under the expert advise of EPA it was decided to leave the booms in situ overnight and stand all units down as the main danger had passed and with additional rain predicted overnight any left over residue would be flushed down the mains and into the booms.
Appliances on scene at the incident included Phillip Island Pumper, Tanker, Slip On and FCV, San Remo Pumper initially, Wonthaggi Hazmat, Dandenong Hazmat Detection Vehicle, Officer Support and Bass Coast FCV.
So the lesson from this call to the members was never take a pager message for granted as what you find at a call may be totally different to what you think or expect!