Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Operation Phoenix


In Australia, Victoria Police have launched Operation Phoenix.

Christine Nixon, the Commissioner of Victoria Police says about the bodies: "Road by road, house by house, we are working our way through," she said.

"As we go into areas now that we haven't been able to get into before, we believe we'll find many more."


A horrific job dealing with death and bereavement at the best of times, and these are not the best of times for Australia.









Thoughts with the men and women of the Police and other emergency services at this difficult time.

The task ahead is being given to a new task force set up, read about them HERE

To the Officers involved in the coming investigation - go get the bastards.
I'm a big fan of Ozzy cops, and now so more than ever. Drinks on me, boys and girls.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

reckon they'd be in for a good time in prison

MetAnon said...

lets hope they get what they deserve

Liz said...

Arsonists around here would be a lot safer in jail than out of it, the way feelings are running around here at the moment. Apparently the law allows them to be tried for "actions causing murder" or something similar with a life sentence, so at least there's no push to change the law immediately.

The police are doing a wonderful job, but don't forget the firefighters (pretty much all of them volunteers), the ambos, folks from the Department of Sustainability and Environment, and the army who have been mobilised to help. With tent cities going up where there used to be towns, I hope the combined effort can sort the human ashes from the rest and give their relatives a chance to rebuild their lives.

petoskystone said...

such a horrendous situation. i can't barely begin to understand the thinking of an arsonist, although 'sociopath' does spring to mind.

Paul said...

Why anyone would do this is a mystery to me...

I can only respect those helping be it firefighters, police, ambulance, army or the Auzzie Red Cross. I can only hope that those responsible will be caught.

Does anyone know any Australian blogs (especially any emergency services)? I'm thinking about emigrating down there after I have a few years of police or ambo under my belt..

Sgt. Custerd said...

Needles & haystacks spring to mind - and all the evidence - lost in the flames - will rely on witnesses and admissions - which will be a bit thin on the ground - hats off to them though...

Louise said...

Best of Luck to all of them, a problem on an unimaginable scale for most of us to comprehend.

Hogday said...

Ditto. My old buddy is with State of Victoria Ambo's. Based in Bendigo, they lost over 50 homes close to where he lives in Maiden Gully to either a dickhead with a fag butt or an arsonist. Either way the mentality of the pond life that does this, is incomprehensible to most people.

Respects to all involved and to those on the trail of the moron killer arsonists.

Hibbo said...

Some of the news reports I've seen are just terrible, I can't even imagine what some people have been through there...

As for the arsonists, I reckon a couple will be caught, as such is the sheer scale of the crime, there will be people who just can't keep it to themselves forever.

It's not often you feel grateful for our bland climate in the UK.

TonyF said...

Years ago on the North Yorkshire Moors, fires burned for many weeks. A fire crew lost their lives attempting to put out a peat fire. A fire that was almost certainly arson. We were fortunate that the finest British Summer weather rescued us from greater losses. But the Bravery of the volunteers, civil and service alike was outstanding.

Arsonists should be always tried for murder even if no one is injured. And then executed.

Hibbo said...

Aye, forgot about the peat seam fires...

Auntie Jane said...

I have written about the fires on my blog. A friend who emigrated to Oz years ago has been emailing me about the horrendous situation.

I have put up a link where people can donate money if they want to help.

My respect goes out to all the people down under trying to cope with the situation.

croweater said...

Well, the Vics have locked up 2 for starting fires which resulted in deaths. One of them resulted in the death of 7 people and the other 21. Not surprisingly he has been moved to Melbourne and didnt apply for bail. Probably safer in solitary i reckon.

Still, that leaves 168 deaths to find the bastards responsible for.

My heart goes to the vics, i wish i could be there to help. silly jurisdictional issues.

sparky said...

but then there's this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7884868.stm

and this:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/newsid_7880000/newsid_7885800/7885887.stm

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