Language no barrier for ESA

Released 07/02/2014


As the community celebrates its diversity at the Multicultural Festival, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is reminding Canberrans that all emergency and public safety information on the ACT Emergency Services Agency's (ACT ESA) website can be translated into different languages.

"With the January extreme heat events, and a hot weekend forecast, it is essential during critical times information reaches everyone in the Territory," Mr Corbell said.

"For so many in our community, English is not their first language, and all information published on the ACT ESA website can be translated with a click of a button."

When browsers visit, they can highlight the Google Translation icon located on the right hand side of the page, above the daily fire danger meter, to select one of 80 languages.

"I urge everyone to take the time to visit the website and familiarise themselves with the material available," Mr Corbell said.

"ACT ESA provides the latest available information on emergencies along with public safety advice, such as on how to prepare your home during storm and bushfire season."

During the Multicultural Festival, ACT Fire & Rescue crews will also be handing out fact sheets in nine different languages that focus on the following:

  • Smoke alarms
  • Home fire escape plan
  • Kitchen fire safety
  • Smoking
  • Powerboards

Languages selected by ACTF&R in consultation with the Community Service Directorate's Office of Community Participation Group include Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Burmese, Croatian, Dari and Dinka.

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