Lambton and Charlestown fire crews released a 23-year-old woman from her vehicle after it hit a parked car on Sunday. Crews used hydraulic rescue tools to gain access to the woman and release her from the wreckage.
On Tuesday, nine Fire and Rescue NSW crews were required to put out a fire in duct work at the Tomago Aluminium Smelter. They used large capacity hose lines to cool the duct work. Hazmat crews monitored emissions from the site and used laser thermometers and thermal imaging cameras to verify that the fire had been completely extinguished.
Also on Tuesday, Lambton and Merewether firefighters used a new piece of equipment aboard the technical rescue vehicle at Glenrock State Recreation Area. About 12.30pm a 12-year-old mountain bike rider fell, injuring his arm and shoulder. Firefighters used the 'Mule', a single-wheeled rough terrain gurney, to transport the patient to a four-wheel-drive ambulance. The Mule assists carrying a stretcher over long distances and its big pneumatic wheel helps in sandy or rocky terrain. With several mountain bikers needing to be rescued recently from Glenrock, as well as a surfer from Burwood Beach, the Mule is a useful resource.
The technical rescue vehicle combines the equipment previously found on the heavy rescue truck and urban search and rescue vehicle. It also has several new pieces of equipment.