ESA Station upgrade and relocation strategy
Improving Community Safety
The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) Station Upgrade and Relocation Program (SURP) is about improving community safety for Canberrans as the city expands and the population grows. Strategically locating ESA stations to better service the needs and expectations of the community will save more lives, property and the environment.
Extensive analysis has been undertaken into where stations should be located in the Territory to meet current and projected demand as the city grows.
The SURP has been underway since November 2011.In October 2013, construction of a new co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue station in Charnwood was completed ahead of time and under budget. In March 2015, construction of a new Fire & Rescue station for South Tuggeranong, replacing the Greenway Fire & Rescue station, was completed also on time and under budget.
Belconnen Ambulance and Fire & Rescue Station
Aerial views of the new Belconnen Ambulance And Fire & Rescue Station in Aranda
The new co-located Ambulance and Fire & Rescue Station at Bardi Place, Aranda was officially opened by the Minister for Police and Emergency Services on Friday 2 September 2016. The new station replaced the two separate stations located in the Belconnen Town Centre.
The government also constructed a new public car park adjacent to the station to replace the existing one that was removed due to the construction of the station.
A Community Open Day was held at the station on Saturday 3 September 2016 to provide an opportunity for the public to view the new station and enjoy the activities planned for the day. The activities included a sausage sizzle, face painting and displays from all four services, ie. ACT Ambulance, ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT State Emergency Service. Proceeds raised from the sausage sizzle were donated to Hartley Lifecare, a local charity organisation.
The Station became operational from Monday 5 September 2016.
Open day activities – ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Ambulance