Information obtained by the Canberra Liberals shows an Emergency Services staff member was woken up to send the critical Mitchell fire emergency message from home because the ESA Headquarters does not have the capacity to distribute emergency alerts.
“For the ESA’s taxpayer-funded, 24 hour communications centre to be unable to warn Canberrans about a potentially life-threatening incident is another fundamental ACT Labor failure that could have disastrous consequences,” ACT Shadow Emergency Services Minister Brendan Smyth said today.
“We will be looking very closely at why this is the case, as it is hardly practical to wake another staff member up to perform such a critical task from home when the centre is already staffed.
It’s great that the seven doodads in Canberra that can send Emergency Alerts are distributed throughout the city.
But it might be nice to keep one on the premises at HQ.