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Corbell announces study into relocation of emergency services

By 25 March 2008 15

ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell has announced that work has started on a feasibility study into the future location of emergency service stations facilities in the ACT for the next 35 years.

The feasibility study involves a number of aspects including:

visiting all existing ESA stations, sheds and units across the Territory;
gaining input from all operational areas of the ESA including staff and volunteer representatives.
a review of recent and projected demographic, spatial and geographic changes;
confirmation of optimum locations and availability of suitable sites; and,
a cost benefit analysis.

Mr Corbell also said “This is not about closing down any existing facilities but making sure the people of Canberra are best served by our emergency services.”

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15 Responses to Corbell announces study into relocation of emergency services
#1
smokey24:46 pm, 25 Mar 08

Be a good idea if ACT could understand AIIMS properly. To be effective in a large incident then ACT would be relying on NSW, Vic and other states to provide a large chunk of the resources.

#2
Joe Canberran4:49 pm, 25 Mar 08

Interesting but we could just read the media release. Thumper you are a ESA boy, what is YOUR take on this???

I think a study looking 35 years into the future actually sounds like long term planning and may be the first thing this govt (there may have been others but they are few and far between) has done to serve the Canberra community and not some feel good ideology.

#3
cranky5:22 pm, 25 Mar 08

Just give Val Jeffrey the keys to the boss’s office and a decent budget. Problem solved.

#4
heinous8:04 pm, 25 Mar 08

When I read: This is not about closing down any existing facilities… I interpret it as we are going to close down facilities, but we want to divert your attention on to something else…

#5
Mike Crowther12:25 am, 26 Mar 08

I was just about to cut and paste that very comment henious. In fact the very statement ““This is/is not about…” starts my bull shit meter running.

#6
Thumper8:21 am, 26 Mar 08

I would suggest that henious may be onto something.

#7
Aurelius11:51 am, 26 Mar 08

Wherever you put them, if they can’t put out a fire, they’re a waste of money.

#8
planeguy5:57 pm, 26 Mar 08

So Aurelius, does that mean that the Ambos are a waste of money? How about the SES? Neither of them can put out fires.

The review is looking at all the stations/depots/sheds whatever you want to call them of the four services, not just those that put the wet stuff on the hot stuff.

#9
Thumper7:33 pm, 26 Mar 08

Actually, a lot of us long term SES members are fire trained, but yes, I get your point ;)

In my opinion, we would have SES sheds servicing Gungahlin, Belconnen, Inner North, Woden, and Tuggeranong, with a HQ unit for logistics etc.

We would also have seperate RFS sheds, again, in roughly the same locations but more on the urban fringe. And maybe the RFS needs an auxillery or loggie unit as well?

A lot of people may not know that a number of SES units and RFA Brigades share the same premises which is not an ideal situation.

As for the paid guys, ambos, urban firies, they need to be where they can get to anywhere in Canberra as quickly as possible and the cost should not be an issue. Especially if it could cost a minute or two in transit.

But I’m sure Mr Corbell is aware of this.

Anyway, we’ll see what happens.

(Disclaimer: I am a long term SES member and these views are completely and utterly my own. I have no inside knowledge of any ESA movements nd if I did, would not be stupid enough to post them)

#10
Aeek8:06 pm, 26 Mar 08

Putting out a fire is one thing, putting out a firestorm is another thing entirely.
Come to that, it did stop, and with very little loss of life.

#11
Thumper8:32 pm, 26 Mar 08

We were lucky in 2003. No-one could have stopped it. That’s why we lost over 500 houses.

#12
Aeek9:36 pm, 26 Mar 08
#13
Thumper8:46 am, 27 Mar 08

Thanks for the link Aeek,

reminds me how bad it was. I take it that you were at the pointy end as well? That is, running towards the fire as everyone else was going the other way ;)

#14
Mælinar8:57 am, 27 Mar 08

The survey will tell them what they already know and still don’t want to hear. Then they’ll do what they wanted to do in the first place.

It would save a lot of heartache if they were transparent and put their position on the table before announcing ‘feasability studies’. Further, it would allow the representative bodies to address the fundamental flaws in their planning such as co-location issues and no girls toilets (yes they are that stupid).

As with Thumper, this is my personal opinion. I have no inside knowledge of ESA movements, nor would I be stupid enough to post them if I did.

#15
planeguy7:52 am, 28 Mar 08

Disclaimer: As with Thumper, I am not shy about being an SES member, so there is no hope that you’ll hear a comment either for or against anything that may be in the review (and I do have some knowledge about what is being considered).

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