News Alerts

Dust Storm – ACT and surrounding region

The ACT Ambulance Service is warning the community that the current dust storm over Canberra may exacerbate respiratory conditions in some people.

This is a dust storm event and not the result of fire. There are currently no fires in the region.

People who suffer from hay-fever, asthma or other respiratory conditions are encouraged to be vigilant over the weekend for exacerbations of their condition.

People with asthma, hay fever or other respiratory conditions can protect themselves during these periods of increased risk by:

o avoiding going outside in storms that may emerge, especially the wind gusts that precede them
o having their reliever available
o review their asthma action plan, and
o review the four steps of asthma first aid (

If people are experiencing asthma symptoms or difficulty breathing which are unrelieved by their usual treatment, seek further urgent medical advice. In the event of a medical emergency call 000.

This is also a reminder for Canberrans who suffer from respiratory conditions to see their doctor or pharmacist to make sure their treatment and action plans are up-to-date and appropriate during the pollen season.

A useful resource to help Canberrans monitor pollen levels is the free AirRater Smartphone app which provides users with real-time information on air quality.

For more information on managing asthma and hay fever, visit: and Pollen – Information Sheet.pdf

To download the free AirRater smartphone application:

Visit the daily Canberra Pollen Count and Forecast Service:

To keep up to date on further air quality indicators, including smoke, visit the ACT Health website:

Car Crash – Canberra Avenue

This morning a single vehicle accident occurred on Canberra Avenue outside HMAS Harman.

A truck impacted a tree, resulting in the single male occupant of the truck becoming trapped.

ACT Ambulance Service Paramedics, working in collaboration with NSW Paramedics, stabilised the patient on scene while NSW fire fighters used hydraulic equipment to free the mans legs.

ACT Paramedics then transported the patient to The Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

Motorists are advised that Canberra Avenue remains open, although recovery of the truck is expected to cause delays in the late morning.

Thursday 13th December – Final Storm Update

ACT SES, ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service and Transport Canberra and City Services have been responding to 168 Requests For Assistance following today’s rain events.

Crews will continue to work throughout the evening and into tomorrow to complete requests.

The Bureau of Meteorology is maintaining a watch on the weather in the Canberra and surrounding region as further weather events are predicted.

ACT SES reminds residents to:

– Keep away from trees and fallen powerlines
– Not walk, ride or drive through flood water
– Turn headlights on when driving; and
– Drive to the conditions

Further flood safety information is available on the ESA website.

In a life threatening emergency always call Emergency Triple Zero (000).

For assistance during a storm or flood call ACT SES on 132 500.

Structure Fire – Capital Executive Apartments

ACT Ambulance Service Paramedics are treating 12 residents for smoke inhalation, with 4 of these residents already transported to The Canberra Hospital.

Fire fighters have extinguished the fire and the apartment complex has been evacuated.

Ventilation of the Capital Executive Apartments is currently underway, with heavy smoke still remaining on the upper floors.

Update to follow.