22 March 2012

More power for the ESA Commissioner

| johnboy
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Simon Corbell has announced the passage of his Emergencies (Commissioner’s Directions) Bill 2012:

Mr Corbell said that under the changes, the ESA Commissioner may direct a Chief Officer to provide additional resources to ensure the optimum capability of the Territory is made available to respond.

“In the case of the ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service and the ACT State Emergency Service, the amendment brings the ACT into line with arrangements in Victoria and NSW for high level control and coordination during an emergency,” he said.

“This refinement ensures that our emergency services agencies are further strengthened to provide the Canberra community with an effective multi-agency response to future emergency events.”

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