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Category: Emergency Services

Woman hospitalised after shark attack at Merimbula

A woman in her 60s is in hospital after being bitten on the hip and thigh by a shark while swimming at Main Beach Merimbula on the NSW Far South Coast this morning.

Experts, advocates and survivors stress importance of access to defibrillators

St John’s Ambulance volunteer Tom Cressy initially thought his gym buddy was having an asthma attack, but when he curled in the recovery position he knew it was something more serious.

Have your say on bushfire protection plans

Canberrans can now comment on the draft 10-year Regional Fire Management Plan, including new bushfire management zones.

19-year-old man dies in two-car collision in Hume

The ACT has recorded its fourth road fatality for 2021 following the death of a 19-year-old man in a two-car collision in Hume in the early hours of this morning, Monday 8 March.

RAAF centenary celebrations take flight on the face of a coin

A new 11-piece commemorative coin set for the RAAF centenary features iconic aircraft and the people who keep them in the air.

Motorcyclist deaths overrepresented on ACT roads

ACT Policing announced it will spend the month working to draw attention to vulnerable road users today, 2 March, one day after a motorcyclist died near the ACT border.

Second fatality on ACT roads for 2021

Police are calling for community dash-cam footage after a 47-year-old man died following a single vehicle collision in Hennessy St Belconnen yesterday Monday, 1 February, at around 5pm. Emergency services were called to...

Photographer firefighter Gary Hooker receives medal

Firefighter Gary Hooker climbed to the top of Simpsons Hill, Chisholm, every day for a month to take photos of the Orroral Valley fire.

National Parks recovering one year after Orroral Valley fire

A year after the Orroral Valley fire devastated ACT's national parks, emergency service personnel look back on the disaster.

Hailstorm anniversary: ACT emergency services well prepared for La Niña

A year ago, Canberra suffered the worst hailstorm to hit an Australian city since 1999, inflicting $638 million worth of damage.

Firefighting veteran with more than 20 years’ experience is ACTRFS’s new chief officer

Rohan Scott, the new ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) chief officer, was introduced to the public today at the Molonglo Brigade facility.

Canberra universities pitch in to beat bushfire recovery deadlines

Staff members from ANU and UC will donate their time to help Queanbeyan residents affected by last summer’s bushfires complete their paperwork in time to gain access to financial aid from the...

Firefighting choppers land in the ACT ahead of peak season

One of three recently arrived firefighting helicopters, the Firebird 100, is a roving set of eyes for decision makers which uses infrared cameras to monitor the firefront and send footage back to base.

Surf Lifesavers respond to crowds and incidents

Surf Lifesavers have been responding to numerous incidents across the Christmas period, including overcrowding at Batemans Bay's Surf Beach.

Hazard reduction burn tonight at Kowen

ACTRFS will be assisting landholders with a four-hectare hazard reduction burn off the Kings Highway at Kowen this evening,15 December.

From the army to the SES: new chief officer Anthony Draheim

Anthony Draheim, the new chief officer of the ACT State Emergency Service, discusses his transition from Defence to emergency management.

ACT frontline services band together for a safe summer

Some of Canberra’s frontline services have banded together to remind local residents of their obligations in the fight against COVID-19 this summer.

ACT adopts national warning system for fire, natural disasters

Emergency warnings for natural disasters in the ACT have become clearer as the Territory yesterday adopted the new, nationally-consistent Australian Warning System. The new system has changed the way incidents are displayed on...

Woman dies in Kambah house fire

A 70-year-old woman has died in a house fire in Kambah last night that took place at around 7.45pm, 29 November 2020.

Canberrans encouraged to create multi-hazard survival plan

Canberrans will be armed with a survival plan for any natural disaster, with ACT Emergency Services Agency’s new multi-hazard survival plan tool.

ACTRFS welcomes new recruits ahead of summer

The ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) has welcomed 48 new recruits ahead of summer and in preparation for the current 2020-21 bushfire season. The newest recruits have joined the ACTRFS after there was...
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