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Category: Emergency Services

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...

Canberra urged to be flood-ready for summer

As we head into the official bushfire season, residents are also urged to prepare for the risk of floods in Canberra. The Territory has experienced higher than average rainfall, which means there...

Teenage passenger is ACT’s sixth road fatality for 2020

The ACT has recorded its sixth road fatality for this year, after a 16-year-old girl tragically passed away today from injuries sustained in a single car collision on Saturday night (31 October).

ACT bushfire season start delayed due to rains

The ACT bushfire season will officially launch 1 November this year, a month later than the traditional start date due to recent rains.

2020-2021 bushfire season begins 1 November

ACT emergency services are preparing for a “very different” bushfire season than the previous two. By early August, the ACT had received sufficient rainfall to remove the “residual drought” posing a forest fire...

Police targeting drink driving during footy finals

ACT Policing has warned Canberrans they will be out in large numbers this weekend, conducting targeted and random breath tests ahead of both the NRL and AFL grand finals.

Nearly half of triple zero calls non-emergencies

Over 26,000 calls have been made to ACT Policing’s Triple Zero line this year, but an alarming 48% of those were nuisance or hoax calls.

Road closures due to burst water main in City West

Icon Water are working to have roads reopened in the City following a burst water main at the intersection of Barry Drive and Marcus Clarke Street. ESA Media advised that due to...

Warning after child rescued from hot car

ACT Policing and the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) have issued a warning on the dangers of leaving children unattended in parked cars, after a three-year-old child was rescued from a hot...

ACT Policing roll up their sleeves for Red Cross blood challenge

The annual Emergency Services Blood Challenge 2020 has wrapped up and ACT Policing have come out on top with the most donations in the ACT.

Man dies following single-vehicle collision in Deakin

An 82-year-old Fisher man has died at the scene of a low-speed, single-vehicle collision in Deakin around 6.45pm last night, 7 September.

Fire forces 1,000 apartment block residents to evacuate

Firefighters extinguished an electrical fire located in a lift on the 8th floor of the Ivy Apartments in Phillip in the early hours of this morning.

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