Over 85 fires
1million acres burned
50 houses destroyed
Road | rail chaos
over A$100 million
|This incident highlights the non-local
nature of TWM
services and clearly demonstrates its unique fire suppression ability.
During October - November, TWM was
with the America's Cup races in Auckland,
At the same time a watching brief was maintained on the drought |
crisis in Australia, over 2,000 kms away.
By 6 December, the situation had worsened
was being threatened by massive firestorms. Weather forecasters
a "day from hell" was imminent. TWM emailed the NSW Premier, Bob Carr,
with an offer to "end the crisis before further destruction and loss of
life is incurred".
Between 8 and 10 December, parts
Queensland and NSW received
intense, widespread rainfall and the fires were brought under
Mopping up of the remaining fires continued but the danger to Sydney
been successfully averted.
Compare this with the disastrous
Canberra fires a month later, when TWM was unable to respond while
NSW Minister Bob Debus procrastinated.