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Digital photograph - 'Fire near Alpacas', Black Saturday Bushfires, Strathewen, Victoria, 7 Feb 2009 Image Reg. No: MM 117095

Summary:
Digital photograph taken by Trevor Boyd on the fire front at Strathewen on Black Saturday, at 4.07pm, 7 February 2009, while on duty as a CFA volunteer. As 4th Lieutenant in the Plenty CFA brigade he led a tanker during the Black Saturday emergency and attempted to stop the fire front moving towards St Andrews. Trevor had three weeks leave from his paid work to assist in fire defence, searches, fire containment, mopping-up tasks and assisting bushfire survivors. Trevor intended that the CFA use the photos he took during the day as a teaching tool to develop volunteer firefighters situational awareness, and assist in their capacity to interpret, observe and redirect.

This photograph is one of ten images that Trevor offered as part of the community-led 'Bushfire Photo Exhibition' at the Bridges Restaurant/Nursery, Hurstbridge, held between February and March 2010.
Description:
Digital photograph.
Description Of Content:
The Kinglake 2 tanker is seen in the foreground with three fire fighters manning the hoses from one side of the tanker,working to put out the grass fire in the foreground. This fire went on to destroy the paddock and the alpaca livestock in the adjoining paddocks. The photograph shows a corner of a paddock off Hewitts Rd, Strathewen.

Trevor took this photograph with a view to using it as a training tool, 'it is the sort of grass fire attack that is taught to recruits, with two hoses operating on either side; in this instance we used two hoses on one side.' Cluster fires were from 5-10 kilometres away, and the wind was extremely strong. Trevor saw the taking of the photograph as suitable 'for educational purposes, useful in a training suite, (also) part of history happening, an excellent example of a grassfire attack from a tanker.' (Interview, Trevor Boyd, 12 May 2012)
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Trevor Boyd
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: bushfires, photography, rural landscapes, landscape photography, photographic exhibitions, photography exhibitions
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Victorian Bushfires Collection
Primary Classification: SUSTAINABILITY
Secondary Classification: Natural Disasters
Tertiary Classification: bushfires
Format: Digital Still Image: Colour
Place & Date Depicted: Strathewen, Victoria, Australia, 7 Feb 2009
Photographer: Mr Trevor Boyd, Strathewen, Victoria, Australia, 7 Feb 2009
Place & Date Exhibited: Bridges Restaurant, Hurstbridge, Victoria, Australia, Feb 2009

As part of the Of 'Bushfire Photo Exhibition'. The exhibition catalogue included photograph name, photographer and details of sale price.
Organiser of Event: Ms Anita Norris, Arthurs Creek, Victoria, Australia, Feb 2010

Of 'Bushfire Photo Exhibition'
References: Fire Note Bushfire CRC and AFAC http://www.aies.net.au/files/pdf/Fire_Note_69.pdf retrieved 10/8/11
http://diamond-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/vicroads-gets-the-accolades (cited, 11.4.12)

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