Disaster Management Blog

Exploring the wider issues that come with the management of major disaster events, from some of the leading minds the sector has to offer.

Royal Commission into Black Summer bushfires established

The Federal Government has announced that a national Royal Commission into Australia’s 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires will be established following agreement from the Governor-General David Hurley. The Federal Government has released the Terms of Reference for the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements, informed by feedback from states and territories.   Prime Minister Scott Morrison…

Bushfire response praised in independent review

An independent review into the September 2019 fires in Queensland has revealed the state’s preparedness and response were highly effective in saving property.  The review also found Queensland’s response was highly effective in reducing the severity of fires at Stanthorpe, Sarabah and Peregian Springs. Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the review undertaken by Queensland’s Inspector-General…

Ports work to protect Australia from coronavirus

Ports around Australia are implementing measures to ensure Australia and its maritime industry do not fall victim to an epidemic of novel coronavirus. While authorities report the threat of the coronavirus to Australian border workers remains low, ports nationwide are putting measures in place to minimise risk. First and foremost, they have released information designed…

Canberra focuses on future resilience

In its mid-year review, the ACT Government has emphasised the need to prepare for future challenges, especially in easing congestion and climate resilience. The 2019-20 ACT Budget Review lays out the ACT Government’s plan for future investment. The review has a strong emphasis on disaster resilience, after the 2019-20 summer demonstrated the critical need to…

Flood-impacted communities receive disaster assistance

Disaster assistance has been made available for flood-impacted communities in North Queensland following recent monsoon conditions and flooding. The disaster assistance is available to the Burke, Croydon, Kowanyama, McKinlay and Mornington councils to help with rebuilding efforts. Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. Federal Minister for Emergency Management,…

Bushfire prevention device saves lives

A device that assists in bushfire prevention on powerlines has helped to save a life in Maryborough, Queensland, after an excavator came into contact with high voltage lines. Designed to prevent fires when objects such as tree branches fall on lines or when lines hit the ground, the device, known as a Rapid Earth Fault…

Cyber security projects share in $8.5 million funding

17 projects are set to share in $8.5 million of funding from AustCyber in a bid to help strengthen Australia’s cyber security sector. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said the second round of AustCyber’s Projects Fund would further strengthen Australia’s cyber security capability. “These projects offer a range of innovative, cyber security…

Council tackles bridge repairs following fire and rain

The Kempsey Shire Council in NSW has continued their ongoing project to repair and rebuild bridges following the 2019 bushfires and recent heavy rainfall. Installation of a temporary bridge at Butlers Bridge on Warbro Brook Road, previously scheduled for March, is now set to be the next bridge repair project for Council. Timber for the…

Businesses share in $27.25 million Coronavirus assistance

Queensland State Government has offered business owners which have been hit hard by the coronavirus a share in more than $27 million in assistance. The initiative is the biggest and richest package of measures offered by any government in Australia. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the economic impact on Queensland’s tourism, agriculture, fishing and education sectors…

NSW drenched by heaviest rainfall in 20 years

NSW has been lashed by heavy rainstorms causing widespread damage and flooding in the greatest deluge the state has seen since 1998. Since Thursday, Sydney’s Observatory Hill has recorded almost 400 millilitre in rainfall, making it the most rainfall over a four-day period for Sydney since the 1990s. Conditions eased overnight on Sunday, leading to…

Works underway on $18 million Australian-first Bushfire Centre

Construction has commenced on Australia’s first-ever Bushfire Centre of Excellence facility in Western Australia, which is expected to lead the way for the rest of the world in bushfire management and skills development. The State Government committed $18 million for the facility, which will be a place for career officers, emergency service volunteers, bushfire practitioners,…

New emergency management chief appointed

Queensland Police Service (QPS) Assistant Commissioner, Alistair Dawson, has been appointed Queensland’s new Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM). Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Craig Crawford, said after acting in the role for six months, it was clear Mr Dawson was the best person for the job. “With over forty years in emergency management roles, Mr…

$5.5 million for WA communities to mitigate bushfire risks

Western Australian local governments are set to share in $5.5 million in funding to assist with bushfire risk mitigation activities for future preparedness. The successful local governments, from the north-west to the Great Southern region, will carry out 714 mitigation activities to reduce bushfire risks in their areas. This latest round of funding assistance is…

Independent review announced for SA bushfires

The State Government has announced an independent review will be conducted into the 2019/20 bushfire season with a focus on both the Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek bushfires. The intent of the review, which is to start immediately, is to look into South Australia’s preparedness for dealing with significant bushfire activity and what can be…

Cyber Security Node to drive innovation for the sector

The Tasmanian Cyber Security Innovation Node, launched in Launceston on 30 January 2020, has joined five other state and territory nodes created in partnership with the government-backed AustCyber. Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said the new node would help drive innovation and economic growth in the cybersecurity sector. “Growing the sector…

Lead contractor chosen for NSW bushfire clean-up

The Federal and State Governments have announced they will share the costs evenly for the clean-up of residential and commercial properties destroyed by the recent bushfires in NSW. This follows the successful approach adopted by the Federal and Victorian Governments following the Black Saturday bushfires. The cost of the NSW clean-up is expected to run…

Telco networks discuss recovery and future resilience plans

Australia’s major telecommunications companies and representatives have met to discuss network resilience during the recent bushfire as well as recovery and resilience efforts going forward. Telstra Chief Executive Andy Penn, Optus Chief Executive Allen Lew, Vodafone Chief Executive Iñaki Berroeta, NBN Chief Executive Stephen Rue and TPG Chief Operating Officer Craig Levy attended the roundtable,…

UQ asked to develop coronavirus vaccine

The University of Queensland has been asked to develop a vaccine for the recent coronavirus outbreak at unprecedented speed, using new rapid response technology. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) has requested the University use its recently developed rapid response technology to develop a new vaccine, which could be available worldwide in as little…

Townsville replace and flood proof community pontoons 

A project to replace community pontoons in Townsville is now underway, following the 2019 monsoon responsible for the damage. Townsville City Council has secured $774,711 in joint funding from the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Local Recovery and Resilience Group Chair, Les Walker, said the project was in the…

NSW rail restoration underway following fires

Works are underway to bring critical rail infrastructure back online following devastating fires along the Blue Mountains Line between Mount Victoria and Lithgow, with limited passenger and freight train services resuming along the line. NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Paul Toole, said the bushfires had left a trail of destruction along a 25km…

NSW begins storm recovery efforts 

As NSW begins the clean up after a significant storm cell caused widespread damage that hit on 20 January, the Sutherland Shire Council has launched storm recovery efforts across the southern region of Sydney. All available council and contract resources have been deployed to deliver additional green waste, wood chipping and street sweeping services to…

Recovery measures announced as bushfires continue to rage

As exhausted firefighters continue to battle out of control blazes across the country and communities are left destroyed, the Federal and State Governments have announced a range funding and specialised agencies to aid recovery and future disaster management for fire-ravaged communities. So far this bushfire season, the worst that Australia has endured, thousands of homes…

BoM releases its 2019 Annual Climate Statement

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its 2019 Annual Climate Statement, showing 2019 was both the warmest and driest year on record for Australia. The Annual Climate Statement is the Bureau’s official summary of the previous year and includes information on temperature, rainfall and significant weather. Australia’s average mean temperature in 2019 was 1.52 °C…

Research shows majority of Australians demand climate action

New research from The Australia Institute has found that two thirds of Australians believe the country is facing a climate emergency and that the Government should mobilise all of society to tackle the issue. The research was conducted in November 2019, before the worst of the current bushfire disaster had hit, but the results still…

2020 vision: Australia needs stricter cybersecurity regulations

An expert in cybersecurity says that Australia should look to enforcing stricter regulations to help safeguard the country’s cyber landscape. Dr Suranga Seneviratne, Lecturer in Security at the School of Computer Science at the University of Sydney, said that tighter regulation, increasingly sophisticated attacks on key infrastructure and AI-driven cyber warfare will be common trends…

NT undergrounding power project underway

The Northern Territory Government’s school undergrounding power project is well underway, with works now commencing at a further three Territory primary schools. Following the devastation of Cyclone Marcus in 2018, the Territory Government announced it would recommence the program after it was scrapped by the CLP government in 2012. The three new schools beginning undergrounding…

Australia’s aerial firefighting receives $11 million boost

Off the back of some of the worst bushfires Australia has ever seen, the Australian Government has announced it will commit $11 million to the country’s aerial firefighting services. The government said this additional funding would see more specialised firefighting aircraft take to the skies to keep Australians safe this summer. “In response to the…

New airport bore supports aerial firefighting

Rural Fire Service aerial activities in the Armidale region will now be able to access water from a newly established bore at Armidale Regional Airport, removing the potential need to source water from town water supplies. The bore came on line this week, as part of test drilling to locate possible aquifers in an around…

Disaster management group participate in solar flare simulation

Townsville’s Local Disaster Management Group (TLDMG) has taken part in a mock disaster response exercise, simulating a significant solar flare event. The Group and supporting agencies had to navigate their way through a scenario where a massive eruption of plasma and magnetic field from the sun affected communications on earth. Known as a geomagnetic storm,…

New infrastructure funding set to help Queensland rebuild

In the latest round of recovery projects, Far North and Western Queensland roads that were damaged by the February monsoon and floods will be rebuilt to a higher standard, making them safer for the future. The package has been funded under the joint Commonwealth and Queensland Government funding arrangements. Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency…

RMIT announce cyber resilience centre

RMIT University announced the launch of its Cyber Ready Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC), powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The new CIC will focus on cloud-based cyber security solutions, enabling students to tackle cyber issues in the real world through innovative cloud computing approaches and emerging technology. Working within the University’s home of entrepreneurship, RMIT…

Court victory for Queensland flood victims

Victims of Queensland’s 2011 floods recorded an historic victory on 29 November, after a court found that negligence by the operators of the Wivenhoe and Somerset dams exacerbated the disaster. The decision means about 6800 Queenslanders, who banded together in one of Australia’s largest ever class actions, will receive compensation after taking on the State…

BoM Summer Outlook warns of more warm, dry conditions

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its 2019/20 Summer Outlook, showing large parts of the country are likely to see a continuation of the warmer and drier than average conditions. The climate outlook shows a high likelihood of warmer than average days and nights for most of the country, while rainfall is likely to be…

New AI technology enhances early detection of disease outbreaks

Researchers from CSIRO’s Data61, the data science arm of Australia’s national science agency, and UNSW Sydney’s Kirby Institute, have developed a new tool that harnesses artificial intelligence and Twitter for the earlier detection of acute disease events, such as thunderstorm asthma. Thunderstorm asthma is the triggering of an asthma attack by environmental conditions directly caused…

City of Darwin staff undertake cyclone resilience training

The City of Darwin has begun training selected staff in cyclone preparedness to ensure the community can respond proactively in the lead up to, and following, a natural disaster. General Manager Engineering and City Services, Ron Grinsell, said staff had shown tremendous commitment and resilience post Cyclone Marcus in 2018 and that ongoing training was…

New headquarters boost SA’s emergency services response

A new purpose-built Emergency Services Command Centre will be constructed in Keswick, South Australia, strengthening the State’s emergency situation response abilities. Axiom Properties will develop the new facility within the World Park precinct, creating approximately 185 jobs during the construction phase, with the headquarters to be fully operational before the fire danger season in 2021….

Cyber security training facility officially opens

South Australia’s first state-of-the-art, cyber security training centre has officially opened at TAFE SA, providing hands-on training for the next generation of cyber security professionals. The new facility at TAFE SA’s Adelaide City Campus features a red ‘attack’ room and blue ‘defence’ room that provides students with real-life scenarios, simulations and testing opportunities. Certificate IV…

Victorian Resilient Recovery Strategy released

Victoria’s emergency management sector has released its newly created Resilient Recovery Strategy which aims to build more meaningful community involvement, more effective partnerships and stronger recovery arrangements. The Resilient Recovery Strategy is the culmination of many reviews, inquiries and reports focussing on Victoria’s recovery systems and extensive collaboration between community and recovery practitioners including state…

Bushfires continue to devastate NSW and QLD

As raging bushfires continue to devastate Queensland and New South Wales, fire crews are struggling to fight the blazes, with rainfall providing no relief and the Rural Fire Service warning conditions could worsen. Fires across Queensland are still raging with crews fighting an uphill battle against the crisis. Despite rainfall predicted for Sunday, conditions instead…

More drought support for rural communities and farmers

Rural communities and drought-hit farmers are set to receive a cash injection to keep businesses open, keep locals in work and boost rural economies as the drought continues to impact regions. The Prime Minister said the Government’s next step of measures to combat the drought’s impact was ready to flow. “We are stepping up our…

Customers urged to prepare for upcoming summer storm season

As the summer storm season approaches for Western Sydney and surrounding areas, Endeavour Energy is encouraging customers to take some simple steps to prepare their properties and keep their families safe. Every year between November and February, customers across Western Sydney, the Illawarra, Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands and South Coast are hit by lightning and…

SA Power prepare for long, dry bushfire season

SA Power has taken a number of steps to help keep the network running safely during bushfire season. Each year SA Power make a big investment in its network in preparation for bushfire season and to reduce the potential for bushfires starting, including: Clearing trees and vegetation away from power assets Aerial and ground patrols…

Tsunami near-miss in Broome prompts reminder of warning signs and response

November 5 every year marks World Tsunami Awareness Day, and experts from the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre took the opportunity to remind those living near coastal areas to recognise the natural warning signs for tsunami and to know how to respond. The ever-present risk of a destructive tsunami impacting Australia was highlighted on 14…

Flood mitigation works underway in South Lismore

Works are now underway on a NSW Government-funded $8.2 million Flood Mitigation Project in South Lismore. Mayor Isaac Smith said the project will help reduce the devastating effects of flooding in Lismore region and help protect the local community. “As we saw in the 2017 flood, the levee alone will not keep floodwaters out of…

New disaster coordination centre opens in Artherton

Communities in Far North Queensland will be even more resilient and better prepared for disasters with the official opening of a new Community Education and Disaster Coordination Centre for the Tablelands region. In Atherton to officially open the centre, Local Government Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the region’s residents were now better prepared for emergencies. “Communities…

Further funding for Queensland road resilience works

A further $15.7 million in funding has been made available to help rebuild and improve Central Queensland roads which were damaged by floods in early 2019. Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said the funding for priority projects was part of the joint Commonwealth and Queensland Government’s $134.5 million Infrastructure Package. “This…

Grants offered for climate change reduction projects

NSW communities now have the chance to apply for grants to support projects that reduce climate change impacts such as heatwaves, bushfires and floods. The Increasing Resilience to Climate Change (IRCC) community grants program is providing $600,000 in the first round of grants. Grants between $10,000 and $30,000 are available for individual projects. Community groups…

The building blocks for resilient cities

Resilience has been a buzz word in the infrastructure industry for quite a while now. But what do we actually mean when we talk about resilient cities? We spoke to Toby Kent, Chief Resilience Officer at City of Melbourne, about why cities need to have a resilience focus, and the benefits that flow when this…

New Commissioner announced for Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, has welcomed the appointment of Queensland’s new Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner. Ms Palaszczuk welcomed the current Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Officer of Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Melbourne, Gregory Leach, to the role. Mr Leach is an emergency services stalwart with 32 years’ experience, including 12 years as a…

New research finds longer fire seasons linked to climate change

New research from the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has found that human-induced climate change is the most likely driver behind Australia’s earlier and longer fire seasons. CFA Manager Research and Development, Sarah Harris, and BoM scientist, Chris Lucas, co-wrote Understanding the variability of Australian fire weather between 1973 and…

Flood mitigation works completed in Yarrawonga

Critical flood mitigation works in the Yarrawonga Catchment area in the Northern Territory have been completed as part of the Territory Government’s flood mitigation measures. Upgraded works include the enhancement of the Yarrawonga Road drainage and installation of new culverts under Wallaby Holtze Road – overall reducing the risk and impact of flooding events in…

ALGA tell Senate inquiry to prioritise disaster mitigation, not recovery

The Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) has told a Senate inquiry that new legislation to create a natural disasters emergency response fund ought to focus on mitigation measures rather than solely focus on recovery efforts. The Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee is examining the Emergency Response Fund Bill 2019 and Emergency Response Fund (Consequential…

Emergency agencies prepare for summer with evacuation exercise

Victoria’s emergency management sector has begun preparations for the summer season by taking part in a bushfire evacuation exercise in Powelltown. As part of summer preparations, Victoria Police, emergency management agencies and the residents of Powelltown, Three Bridges and Gilderoy are preparing to take part in a bushfire evacuation exercise on Saturday, 26 October. Emergency…

Cyber security incident shuts down health services

The information technology systems at a number of hospitals and health services in Gippsland and south-west Victoria have been impacted by a cyber security incident. The cyber incident, which was uncovered on Monday September 30, blocked access to several systems by the infiltration of ransomware, including financial management. Emergency surgery and emergency departments were not…

Ausgrid completes summer bushfire safety preparations

New South Wales energy distributor, Ausgrid, has completed a safety program to ensure its electricity network is prepared for the upcoming bushfire season. Chief Operating Officer, Trevor Armstrong, said the program included more than 190,000 air and ground inspections. “Safety is our number one priority and these inspections are a key part of our annual…

Canberra commits to grow cyber security sector

The ACT Government is boosting Canberra’s cyber security capability and competitiveness through the Canberra Cyber Security Innovation Node. Cyber security is one of the world’s fastest growing industries and ACT Government has committed to creating local jobs and economic opportunities in the industry for the state. The government will work with industry, schools and researchers…

Resilient awards recognise Ergon Energy community project

Queensland energy provider Ergon Energy has been recognised in the 2019 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards for its resilient communities project. The awards acknowledged eight organisations for projects that have helped Queensland communities better prepare for natural disasters and emergencies. Energy Queensland won the Business Award for its Building Resilient Queensland Communities project through…

Victorians urged to prepare for upcoming summer season

Victorians are being urged to start preparing themselves and their properties as Victoria’s emergency management sector begin preparations for the upcoming summer season. Emergency Management Commissioner, Andrew Crisp, said while it had been cold and still wet in some parts of the state, it is time for individuals, families and communities to think about preparedness…

Completed mitigation works reduce flood risk for Queensland community

The completion of $8.3 million in flood mitigation works and updated flood maps have helped to officially downgrade the flood risk for more than 500 properties in Roma, Queensalnd. Minister for Planning, Cameron Dick, said a Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) will give immediate effect to the new flood mapping while Maranoa Regional Council works…

Emergency response review to ensure future best practice

A thorough review is set to be conducted to assess Queensland’s emergency response following the devastating bushfires that affected a large part of the state in early September. Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Craig Crawford, has requested the Inspector-General Emergency Management undertake a thorough investigation, to ensure best practice was followed and to highlight…

Queensland resilience projects shine at Resilient Australia Awards

Eight Queensland resilience projects, which better prepare communities for natural disasters and emergencies, have been recognised at the 2019 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Awards. Minister for State Development, Cameron Dick, said it was important to acknowledge the crucial resilience work being carried out around the state, and to thank those involved for improving community…

Natural disaster zone declared as fires rip through QLD and NSW

Queensland and New South Wales are facing the worst start to the bushfire season on record as out of control fires rip through parts of the states, destroying property and forcing residents to flee. Firefighters are battling over 100 fires across the two states, with one of the most dangerous blazes tearing through the Gold…

Funding flows for Queensland infrastructure recovery

More funding has been made available for 39 Queensland communities as a part of a long-term plan to improve infrastructure impacted by monsoon flooding in early 2019. Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the North and Far North Queensland Monsoon Trough State Recovery Plan 2019-2021 underpinned the Government’s commitment to helping communities recover, rebuild and reconnect…

Victoria’s aerial firefighting fleet standing by for summer

50 new aircraft will be on hand to fight fires from the air and help keep communities safe for Victoria’s upcoming summer season. The 50-strong fleet for the 2019-20 summer will include a mix of water bombing aircraft, air supervision and air intelligence gathering aircraft. Victoria welcomes back two Large Air Tankers, which can carry…

Kangaroo Creek Dam disaster resilience upgrade on tack for completion

A $94 million safety upgrade of the Kangaroo Creek Dam in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills is almost complete, with SA Water on track for completion in November. Work at the site began in January 2016 with the upgrade set to help better manage major flood disasters and increase the dam’s ability to withstand earthquakes, aligning…

Noosa blaze threatens homes as horror bushfire season begins

Queensland has faced an early start to the bushfire season with fires breaking out in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast last week. Flames threatened homes and smoke blanketed cities across the state’s south east as fire services fought to bring the blaze under control. Several residents were forced to flee their homes as fires came…

New fire trucks for Toowoomba region emergency services

Millmerran and Pittsworth in Queensland’s Toowoomba region have received a major boost with Fire and Emergency Services Minister, Craig Crawford, handing over new fire trucks. Mr Crawford visited Millmerran and Pittsworth to deliver a $540,000 new fire truck to each of their Fire and Rescue Stations. “Our firefighters are responsible for helping their communities in…

Cairns hosts Asia-Pacific disaster preparedness meeting

More than 70 international search and rescue experts from 19 countries descended on Cairns from 15-16 August to discuss the Asia-Pacific’s disaster preparedness as part of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting. Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Craig Crawford, said it was the first time the event had been…

Construction underway on Northern Territory bushfire headquarters

Construction has started on the new $6.6 million Bushfires NT Headquarters in Acacia Hills in the Northern Territory, with works expected to run over a 12 month period. Local company C&R Constructions was awarded the contract last month, which is expected to support more than 30 jobs in the region. C&R Constructions Managing Director, Caleb…

First female Commissioner to lead the ACT Emergency Services Agency

The ACT Government has appointed the fifth Commissioner for the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) for a five-year term to August 2024. Former Chief Officer of the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES), Georgeina Whelan, was announced as the new commissioner. Prior to her time with the ESA, Ms Whelan led various front line teams and…

Victorian city secures new bushfire safety powerline technology 

World-leading technology designed to improve the safety of powerlines in high bushfire risk areas has begun to be installed in Bendigo, Victoria, as part of a safety program by electricity distribution company, Powercor. The Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL) device operates similar to a large safety switch on the network and is designed to…

Deadline extended for Queensland flood recovery grants

Applications for Queensland’s Special Disaster Recovery Grants have been extended until November 2019 to allow all eligible applicants more time to access the grants. Small businesses and primary producers impacted by the North and Far North Queensland floods earlier this year have until the end of November to apply for the recovery grants, which are…

Three stage action plan to fix WA bushfire inconsistencies

The Western Ausrtalian Government has announced a three stage action plan to address inconsistencies across the state’s bushfire frameworks, regulations, standards and mapping. The $1.5 million Action Plan for Bushfire Framework Review 2019 will ensure that bushfire planning and building frameworks remain robust and based on scientific evidence, while also providing better recognition of specific…

Independent reports endorse natural disaster management

Independent reviews from the Inspector-General Emergency Management (IGEM) have endorsed Queensland’s handling of its most recent natural disasters. The reviews were ordered following the 2018 Bushfires and 2019 North Queensland Floods and looked into how the government handled and managed natural disasters. Key findings include: The safe operation of the Ross River Dam prevented more…

Award for world-first bushfire preparation technology 

World-first technology that is helping Canberrans better prepare for bushfires has received global attention after taking out the 2019 Special Achievement Geographic Information System Award. Developed by the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA), the Automated Bushfire Attack Level (AutoBal) technology helps the ESA to understand the level of risk from bushfire to people and homes…

Supplementary Alerting Service to improve emergency communication 

A new smartphone app is being developed in an effort to assist emergency services better communicate to users in times of need. Emergency Management Victoria has been working in collaboration with Ambulance Victoria, ESTA, CFA and VICSES to procure developers for the Supplementary Alerting Service (SAS). The smartphone app will supplement the existing Emergency Alerting…

Fired-up locals secure enhanced fire protection services 

Local emergency services in Mount Barker, South Australia, will soon benefit from almost $700,000 in funding from the 2019 State Budget. The funding, which totals almost $4 million over the forward estimates, will go towards vital emergency services to resource the Mount Barker region through the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS). The MFS recently…