More firefighters, vehicles and stations

Released 30/05/2019

The ACT Government will deliver more firefighters, emergency services vehicles and stations to keep Canberra safe as our city grows.

We are recruiting more ACT Fire & Rescue firefighters, building a new fire fighting vehicle and starting work on two new emergency service stations.

The 2019-20 ACT Budget will see us recruit 36 more firefighters through two new recruit colleges.

These firefighters will replace retiring staff and continue strengthening our firefighting workforce, with a particular focus on achieving the recruitment aims set out in the Women in Emergency Services Strategy and the Indigenous Fire and Rescue Employment Strategy.

We will also start work on the due diligence and preliminary design for two new combined ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire & Rescue stations, to be located in the City and the Molonglo Valley.

We have engaged a global leader in emergency response planning to provide expert advice on the location of these new stations to help ensure our emergency response times remain among the best in the country as Canberra continues to grow.

To ensure reliable fire-fighting capability and respond to the growth of higher density buildings across our city and town centres, we will deliver a new aerial platform for ACT Fire & Rescue. This vehicle will replace the existing platform, providing modern firefighting capabilities and better protection at incidents involving multi-storey buildings.

Through these investments in emergency services, the 2019-20 ACT Budget builds on our commitment to ensuring the safety of our community and our first responders – now and in the years to come.

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