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Category: Emergency Services

Canberrans urged to be storm and bushfire ready

ACT residents are being urged to be both storm and bushfire ready now, with severe weather events usually occurring in Canberra between September to March each year.

New Canberra city emergency services station to be online by 2022-23

A new emergency services station to be built in Acton will house two Ambulance Services and ACT Fire & Rescue crews and be operational by 2022-23

Floods prompt disaster assistance for NSW regions

Disaster assistance is now available in 13 NSW local government areas, including Queanbeyan-Palerang, Bega, Eurobodalla, Goulburn Mulwaree, Yass and Snowy Monaro, following severe storms and floods across the NSW coast last weekend.

Kayaker dies on Murrumbidgee River at Point Hut

Police are urging the public not to enter or play in flood waters or swollen rivers after a kayaker died at Point Hut yesterday afternoon.

ACTCOSS ‘disappointed’ in public hearing into ACT Policing

ACTCOSS CEO Emma Campbell said she was disappointed in the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, after expressing concerns in the Evaluation of Current ACT Policing Arrangements.

ACT 2020 bushfire review calling for change

Future commitment to volunteer firefighters, protection of whole farmland, and bans on residential development in high risk bushfire zones were some suggestions put forward yesterday at the review of the 2019-20 ACT bushfire season.

100% compliance from 450 isolation spot checks

ACT Policing conducted 450 random spot checks on individuals self-isolating over the weekend (11-12 July), reporting a 100% compliance rate.

Queanbeyan Police bring recruit in off the road

Eight-month-old bare nosed wombat, Ted, has been spending time at the Queanbeyan Police Station after his mother was struck and killed by a car in late June.

Insurance reforms needed ahead of next summer’s bushfire season

Home insurance affordability is a key concern ahead of the next bushfire season, a Senate Finance Committee has heard.

New deal to make ACT firefighters the best trained in Australia

Canberra will receive an additional 99 firefighters over the next four years to meet the needs of the growing city.

Nearly half of Canberrans lax with smoke alarms, study finds

A recent survey has shown almost half (47%) of ACT residents do not test their smoke alarms as recommended by fire authorities.

‘Major overhaul’ of fire land management needed: ANU

“A major overhaul” of fire land management is needed, according to the co-author of a study which has found that bushfires in Victoria have increased in size and frequency in the past two decades.

ACT’s top cop moves to ESA role

ACT Chief Police Officer (CPO) Ray Johnson is changing roles, moving into a newly created position as Deputy Commissioner of the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA). In...

ACT’s bushfire season officially declared over

The ACT's toughest bushfire season since 2003 has officially been declared over.

Emergency services personnel honoured

All members of the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ACT ESA) and ACT Parks and Conservation have been named Canberra Citizen of the Year for 2020.

Defibrillator donation to help save lives

Canberra’s light rail fleet now has a defibrillator on all of its vehicles thanks to a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Aurora Gungahlin.

‘Disaster tourism’ flames fury and frustration

In the last week of January as the Orroral Valley Fire burned out of control, posing a direct threat to residents of far south ACT, many instances of ‘disaster tourism’...

Wild weather causes carnage

Severe storm activity hit the ACT on Monday 20 January with hail as big as golf balls causing extensive damage to cars, windows and buildings including the iconic Shine Dome....

Bushfires and climate change: how we can make a difference today

As out-of-control bushfires burn to the city’s east and west, the air quality in the nation’s capital has been among the worst of any major city in the world. In...

Canberra gasps for breath as bushfires burn

A State of Alert was declared for the ACT on Thursday 2 January as the bushfires burn, with ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr acknowledging it was still in place on...

NSW South Coast suffers through bushfire crisis

The NSW South Coast has been devastated by the bushfire crisis over the summer, and despite a reprieve earlier in the week with light rain, conditions are expected to again...