Fire prevention programs are undertaken at the Tamala Park Waste Management Facility. The purpose of these is to:
- Minimise the frequency and impact of facility fires.
- Ensure contingency plans are followed in the event of a fire.
- Promptly contain and manage fires so as to minimise their duration and impact.
- Ensure all fires are reported to the Department of Environment & Conservation (DEC) within 2 hours.
Fire prevention measures include:
- Application of principles of separation, containment and protection to the storage of potentially combustible materials to minimise risk of spread of fire.
- Site boundary access is restricted to a single entrance by a 1.8m security fence topped with three barbed wire strands. The facility is fully supervised during operational hours.
- Burning of waste or bushland on site is prohibited.
- Community education programs are conducted and free hazardous drop off programs are in place to reduce occurrence of hazardous waste that can contribute to fires being landfilled.
- The MRC works closely with FESA both to minimise fire and associated risks and to provide training opportunities for FESA.
- Emergency response contingency plans for fire events are in place. In summary the MRC has a borehole supplied 90,000 litre concrete tank on site suitable for fire fighting purposes. In addition trained staff have access to earth moving, water truck, fire ute, and other fire fighting equipment and will utilise FESA capabilities if required.
- Periodic emergency response exercises are undertaken.