ESA Incident Alerts

Potential thunderstorms for the ACT

5 hours 8 minutes ago
Potential thunderstorms for the ACT spot-user Mon, 09/21/2020 - 15:07

There is a potential for thunderstorms for the ACT this afternoon. Storms will likely bring strong winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall that may lead to localised flash flooding.

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) encourages the community to:

  1. secure or remove loose items that could blow around in strong winds
  2. move your car undercover as well as avoid parking under trees

For information and tips on how you can Be Storm Ready, visit

If you need assistance during a storm, call the ACTSES on 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies always call Triple Zero (000).

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Update - House Fire - Fraser

22 hours 46 minutes ago
Update - House Fire - Fraser spot-user Sun, 09/20/2020 - 21:29

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) crews have extinguished the house fire on Moroney Street, Fraser.

All residents were accounted for and no injuries were sustained.

Firefighters have left the scene and Moroney Street has now re-opened.


House Fire - Fraser

1 day ago
House Fire - Fraser spot-user Sun, 09/20/2020 - 20:02

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) is responding to a house fire on Moroney Street, Fraser.

Firefighting operations are currently underway.

Moroney Street is closed to the public.

The community is advised to avoid the area.


Update - Structure Fire - Holt

1 day 8 hours ago
Update - Structure Fire - Holt spot-user Sun, 09/20/2020 - 11:20

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) crews have completed fire investigations and have handed the building over to management.

ACTF&R reports the area is safe and Hardwick Crescent is now open to the community.


Structure Fire - Holt

1 day 9 hours ago
Structure Fire - Holt spot-user Sun, 09/20/2020 - 10:54

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) has responded to reports of a fire at Kippax Fair Shopping Centre located near the Turkish restaurant, Hardwick Crescent, Holt.

On arrival, firefighters quickly extinguished the fire.

Hardwick Crescent is closed in both directions.

The community is advised to avoid the area where possible while ACTF&R remains on scene to conduct fire investigations and to ensure the area is safe.


2020-21 Bushfire Season

3 days 4 hours ago
2020-21 Bushfire Season spot-user Fri, 09/18/2020 - 15:31

The ACT’s 2020 Bushfire Season will officially begin on 1 November 2020, a month later than usual.

The Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook, recently released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, predicts the 2020-21 Bushfire Season will be very different than the previous two, with wetter than average conditions expected through spring. As a result of the recent rain in August, and the expectation of further rainfall in spring with the current La Niña ALERT, it is anticipated that forest flammability will remain low over the coming months.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) is working hard to ensure they are prepared for the upcoming bushfire season. More information on preparation activities will be available in the coming weeks.

Get Ready Weekend is 19 & 20 September 2020, and ACT ESA is encouraging Canberrans to take the time to ensure you, your family and your property are prepared for bushfire and storm. Stay tuned to ESA’s social media channels for tips on how to prepare, or visit

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ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) paramedic returns from working on the COVID frontline

5 days 3 hours ago
ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS) paramedic returns from working on the COVID frontline yvette.lenepveu Wed, 09/16/2020 - 16:25

Simon, an Intensive Care Paramedic with ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS), successfully completed an Australian Medical Assistance Teams (AUSMAT) training course back in 2018. The week-long course teaches participants what is required to supply medical support when the health system needs help during a disaster.

Little did he know, in just a matter of time those skills would be invaluable.

Simon has recently returned from an AUSMAT deployment in Victoria to assist with the COVID-19 situation in aged care facilities. He was also deployed to Darwin in February as part of the AUSMAT team looking after passengers who returned from the Diamond Princess, which unfortunately saw the first COVID related death in Australia.

“Our job was to identify the people on the ship that were able to be brought back to Australia and then manage their quarantine facility alongside the AFP, ADF and Border Force. During the quarantine period, we had to monitor the physical and psychological health of all the people that were with us. We also had to make sure everyone was fed and entertained during the 14 days of quarantine,” he said.

“I was fortunate to take part in this as it enabled me to bring back knowledge about COVID-19 that was able to be used to help prepare ACTAS for our response to the COVID outbreak once it got to Canberra.”

During his most recent deployment to Melbourne, Simon was part of a team who visited aged care facilities. He assessed existing procedures and boosted the infection prevention and control measures.

Simon described his time in Victoria as “eye opening”.

“The streets of Melbourne were so quiet. Looking out of my hotel room in the CBD after 8pm and not seeing a car on the road was very strange. The staff at the aged care facilities were working as hard as they could in very trying circumstances. The emotion in their eyes, which was all you could see because of the masks, was very raw, and many people were exhausted. It makes you realise how lucky we are here in Canberra.” 

…But, he would do it all over again.

 “I would do it again in a heartbeat, but hopefully won’t need to. I am also looking forward to getting back to work here. As a paramedic, you rely on your work colleagues for support as well as keeping you grounded. Some of my best friends work at ACTAS, and it will be useful to see them again.”

A massive thank you to Simon for the mammoth effort you have put in for our country. We hope quarantine is treating you well!

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ACT Rural Fire Service part of vital firefighting technology trial

6 days 4 hours ago
ACT Rural Fire Service part of vital firefighting technology trial esaadmin Tue, 09/15/2020 - 16:10

The ACT Rural Fire Service (ACTRFS) has proudly partnered with The Minderoo Foundation, Optus, The Australian National University and stakeholders to trail the use of ‘ground sensing’ cameras to improve detection times, allowing for a quicker response to bushfires.

Announced today, the Fire Shield Mission will see cameras placed on radio or fire towers across the ACT that will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Early detection is critical to managing bushfires before they cause widespread devastation and A/g ACTRFS Chief Officer Rohan Scott has welcomed the automated monitoring trial. 

“The pilot technology is vital and potentially lifesaving work. If we are able to improve the speed and accuracy of fire detection it ultimately means we can improve our response and better protect communities and landscapes,” he said. 

The data from this trial will assess the viability of automated monitoring for early bushfire detection on a national scale.

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Update - House Fire, Watson

1 week 3 days ago
Update - House Fire, Watson spot-user Fri, 09/11/2020 - 17:32

ACT Fire & Rescue firefighters have extinguished the fire and the road has now been re-opened.


House Fire - Watson

1 week 3 days ago
House Fire - Watson spot-user Fri, 09/11/2020 - 16:12

ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Ambulance Service crews are currently on scene at a house fire on Field Street in Watson.

Occupants of the home have evacuated.

Field Street is closed.

Please avoid the area.


ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) put their skills to the test with help from Hyundai

1 week 4 days ago
ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) put their skills to the test with help from Hyundai Chamal.perera@… Thu, 09/10/2020 - 14:59

As new technology emerges and advanced occupant protection safety systems become more and more prevalent on our roads, emergency first responders are faced with the challenges of the ultra-high tensile steel body components present in the newer generation of vehicles. 

Hyundai Motor Company have kindly donated a newer model car to help ensure emergency first responders are up-to-date with the latest vehicle safety features and structural technology.

Scott Nargar, a spokesperson for Hyundai says nothing beats training on the latest generation of automotive technology.

“This is the first of many donations for ACT Fire & Rescue training. Over the last 10 years Hyundai Motor Company Australia has donated vehicles across Australia for Fire & Rescue training, medical research and for automotive mechanical training through TAFE colleges and trade training schools.”

This week a team from ACT Fire & Rescue had the opportunity to test their skills and equipment on a newer vehicle. ACT Fire & Rescue Commander Mick Burns said that this is a great opportunity for Fire & Rescue crews.

“These exercises are very important for our personnel to get the tools to work on new car technology. This car, which has been donated to us by Hyundai, is only three years old, so it has a lot of the latest safety features built-in and gives our crews good exposure to new safety technology. One of the big differences is the strength of the metal; the safety cells are a lot stronger so the crew identify that and work out how to use the tools to cut the car.”

ACT Fire & Rescue are grateful for this donation from Hyundai. Having the opportunity to enhance their skills in protecting the community has been invaluable. 

“This is absolutely fantastic. Hyundai have come on board and been really supportive with our rescue courses.” Commander Burns said.

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RU OK? Day 2020

1 week 4 days ago
RU OK? Day 2020 Chamal.perera@… Thu, 09/10/2020 - 14:46

Would you know what to say if someone says they’re not ok?

2020 hasn’t been easy for anyone.

Now, more than ever, it’s so important for us to all stay connected and check in on one another.

Today is R U OK Day, and this year’s theme is ‘There’s more to say after R U OK?’

The ESA is focused on building a mentally healthy workplace, ensuring we listen to our colleagues when we ask how they are going.

For support, tips and resources, visit the R U OK? Day website:

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Update - Structure Fire - Braddon

1 week 4 days ago
Update - Structure Fire - Braddon spot-user Thu, 09/10/2020 - 11:13

Firefighters have extinguished a fire at an apartment building on Lowanna Street, Braddon.

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) have completed ventilation and atmospheric monitoring.

Residents can now return to the building.

Lowanna Street and Dooring Street have been re-opened.


Structure Fire - Braddon

1 week 4 days ago
Structure Fire - Braddon spot-user Thu, 09/10/2020 - 10:09

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) are on scene at an apartment fire on Lowanna Street, Braddon.

Lowanna Street and Dooring Street are closed, and the community is asked to avoid the area.


Update - Evacuation - Phillip

1 week 6 days ago
Update - Evacuation - Phillip spot-user Tue, 09/08/2020 - 02:06

Firefighters have extinguished an electrical fire located in a lift on the 8th floor of the apartment building.

ACT Fire & Rescue will now ventilate the building and monitor air quality to ensure it is safe for residents to return.


Evacuation - Phillip

1 week 6 days ago
Evacuation - Phillip spot-user Tue, 09/08/2020 - 01:44

Approximately 1,000 people have been evacuated from the Ivy Apartments on Irving Street in Phillip due to smoke logging on several floors of the building.

ACT Fire & Rescue is currently investigating the cause of the smoke.

Update to follow.

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