NSW Fire and Rescue Tweed Heads conducting a practice drill at Tweed Marina.
NSW Fire and Rescue Tweed Heads conducting a practice drill at Tweed Marina. Peter Usher

Firefighters take to water for spills training in Tweed

TWEED firies have explained that a massive column of liquid shooting into the river from Tweed Marina was simply part of a practice drill.

NSW Fire and Rescue Tweed Heads was practicing its management of spills in waterways on Monday, training to safely remove diesel or another environmentally damaging substances.

Station Officer Steve Sharp said the exercise was part of training that advocates a quick and precise response to marine spills.

HAZMAT units, fire trucks and firefighters could be seen at the marina during the drill.

NSW Fire and Rescue vehicles used to clean spills are often capable of containing and recovering fuel spills of up to 1000L on land and 5000L on water.

Equipment carried can include a weather station, gas detectors, protective clothing including fully enclosed suits, hydrocarbon skimmers, air-inflated containment booms, absorbents to mop up chemical and fuel spills, decontamination systems and a full database of chemicals.



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