Hazelwood mine fire declared safe

Mr Lapsley declared the Hazelwood mine fire safe on 25 March 2014.118

Fire services and GDF Suez invested enormous resources in the suppression of the Hazelwood mine fire.

GDF Suez contributed the equipment to firefighting including five all-terrain 30 tonne cranes with monitors, seven 30,000 litre water tankers with monitors, seven long reach 30 tonne excavators, numerous items of earthmoving equipment and approximately 70 items of mobile plant.

Up to 80 GDF Suez personnel worked on day shifts, and about 50 GDF Suez personnel worked on night shifts over the course of the firefighting effort.119

Fire services supplied around 200 appliances including aircraft, tankers, pumpers, ladder platforms, compressed air foam systems, thermal imaging cameras, command vehicles and support vehicles.120

More than 7,000 fire services personnel were involved in firefighting at the Hazelwood mine during February and March 2014.121 Firefighting personnel were drawn from the CFA, MFB, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria State Emergency Service, Australian Capital Territory Fire and Rescue, New South Wales Fire and Rescue, Tasmanian Fire Services, Queensland Fire Service, GDF Suez and Air Services Australia.122