This all happened back in 1962 at the intersection of Princes Highway and Heatherton Road in Noble Park (the new Eastlink Freeway now cuts through this location). Two early 50's sedans were damaged along with roadside signs as the truck losts its brakes and careered southeastward towards Dandenong. The petrol tanker overturned and burst into flames on the busy intersection (although I'm sure it's a lot busier now!).
In the first image you can just make out the modern Austin Pumper being involved in the initial attack with the crews hunting for a water supply. The area behind the pumper is where the South Eastern Private Hospital now is.
Compared to today, not a great deal of safety gear was available to members, they simply worked with who and what they had.
In a "blast from the past" it's interesting to see just how things have changed. If you have some old pics and a story to go with it, why not post it up here as well.
Images from the Keith Pakenham collection.