News Alerts

Stay Cool, Look After Yourself and Look Out for Others

Summer is well and truly here, with temperatures forecasted to reach close to 34 degrees over the weekend. The ACT Ambulance Service would like to remind you to:

  • Drink water to stay hydrated
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity in the heat
  • Do not leave children or pets unattended in hot cars and
  • Wear sensible clothing including a hat and sunscreen.

Call Emergency Triple Zero (000) for an ambulance if someone is showing signs of heat stress. Young children and the elderly are most vulnerable to heat stress. Signs for heat stress can include nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fainting, weakness, headaches, and if sweating stops.

Motor Vehicle Incident – Tuggeranong Parkway

ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Policing are on scene at a motor vehicle incident on the Tuggeranong Parkway. Intensive care ambulance paramedics attending the scene and assessed two patients for minor injuries. ACT Policing have advised that southbound on the Tuggeranong Parkway between Hindmarsh Drive and Sulwood Drive is closed and to take an alternative route.

Strong Smell of Gas in Braddon

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) have responded to a strong smell of gas on Lonsdale Street in Braddon. Two pumpers, a commanders and a Hazmat unit attended the incident and isolated the gas valve in the carpark where the strong smell originated from. ACTF&R ventilated the car park and tested the air quality in the building and surrounds. They have deemed the area safe and are releasing the building back to the building manager.

ACT Support to Fight QLD Fires

A46E0452-C7EB-4885-ABBE-EF6102567693956D2353-5A71-4C3A-B6AC-4EA1FAAEDA4059CC8B74-0596-4248-947F-9D36D8B9E726F7DCCB35-E7D9-4304-85C8-8152348257C77426EF0B-0300-4FBE-A6A7-6A635ECB4804A further 34 firefighters from the ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) and ACT Parks and Conservation Services flew out of Canberra this morning to join the ongoing effort to fight the Queensland bushfires. They replace the 34 ACTRFS firefighters who were deployed on Friday 30 November 2018 and have returned this evening. Thank you to all ACT firefighters, personnel and their families who have contributed to supporting the wider community.

Further Deployments of ACT Personnel to Queensland

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have requested further assistance from the ACT through the National Resource Sharing Centre (NRSC). This is due to the persistent major bushfire activity that is being experienced in the state.

This morning a Public Information Officer and a Fire Behaviour Analyst were deployed to Rockhampton and Kedron respectively, and add to the 34 ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) firefighters already assisting in Queensland.

The ACT has also identified six more personnel to deploy tomorrow to fulfil the NRSC request. They will fill the roles of Air Base Manager, Air Base Operator and Division Commander in Rockhampton and Operations Officer in Bundaberg.

The 34 ACTRFS firefighters that were deployed on Friday 30 November 2018 will return on Monday 3 December 2018. They will be replaced by a further 34 firefighters from ACTRFS and ACT Parks and Conservation Services who will depart on Monday 3 December 2018.

The deployment of these firefighters and specialist staff will not impact on the level of fire protection to Canberra and the surrounding regions.