News Alerts

ESA’s EPIC Exercise

Don’t be alarmed if you see crews from the ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) and ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) out at EPIC this weekend!

ACTAS will be testing their Mass Casualty Incident process in a joint exercise with ACTSES, who will be trialling their new ACTSES Ambulance Support Volunteer program.

ACTSES are going all out for the event and will even be practicing their moulage on the Australian Catholic University ‘victims’ who have volunteered to help out on the day.

The exercise is scheduled to kick off at 7:30am and run through until 2:30pm, and has been planned to ensure there is no disruption to operational capability.ESA_Media_Release_-_21_June_ACTAS_MCI_Exercise

Motor vehicle crash – Acton

Emergency services responded to a crash between a car and a motorcycle on Barry Drive at approximately 8:45am.

ACT Ambulance Service paramedics assessed one patient on scene and have transported them to Calvary Hospital in a stable condition.

ACT Fire & Rescue firefighters assisted to make the area safe.

ACT Policing are on scene directing traffic.

Delays are expected.

Prescribed burn to continue at Lower Cotter Catchment

The ACT Parks and Conservation Service wishes to advise that, subject to suitable weather and fuel moisture conditions, a prescribed burn will be conducted at Blue Range Road in the Lower Cotter Catchment tomorrow, Thursday 21 June 2018.

The 29 hectare burn is being conducted to reduce pine regrowth and to facilitate native regeneration.

People with asthma, other chronic respiratory and/or chronic cardiac diseases should not perform vigorous exercise and should stay inside if affected by the smoke. People with asthma, in particular, should continue their medication and consult their general practitioner if they have any difficulties.

Staff will continue to monitor the burn site until smoke has not been visible for 24 hours. A buffer zone of up to 20 metres is also created around the complete perimeter of every prescribed burn.

International emergency services disaster management exercise

More than seventy emergency service employees from jurisdictions across Australia and New Zealand will join forces for a multi-agency drill-style disaster management exercise today. The exercise will test the ACT’s recently revised Major Structural Collapse Sub-plan.

The community should not be alarmed by the exercise, which will involve an increase in emergency service vehicles at the Canberra Airport, around Northbourne Avenue and Girrahween Street, around the Hume area and the Fairbairn business park.

Update four – Industrial fire in Beard

Firefighters working overnight at the industrial fire in Beard have brought the fire under control.

Smoke has dissipated overnight and air quality tests by the Hazmat Unit have shown to be clear with no contaminants from the fire able to be detected. Air quality testing will continue today.

Fire & Rescue NSW and Air Aviation crews left the scene just before midnight. Six ACT Fire & Rescue crews remain on scene today. One excavator is also being used to apart the pile with crews then dampening down the area to extinguish the fire. The burnt area is 50m x 20m.

The Country Rail Network has advised the rail line between Canberra and Queanbeyan will operate as usual today.

ACT Fire & Rescue expects to remain on scene for most of today.

Update to come.