The primary drivers for the site selection process are: the objective research-based technical analysis and modelling undertaken by Operational Research in Health Ltd (ORH), a UK based research firm specialising in the application of sophisticated analysis and modelling for emergency services planning; and site-specific ‘operational assessments’, undertaken by the respective emergency service (ACTAS or ACTF&R), to ascertain optimum locations for service response and coverage as the ACT grows geographically and in population.
One of the most important parameters for determining locations of new ambulance and fire stations is being sited on or very close to arterial roads, to facilitate speedy multidirectional egress in the endeavour to save lives, property and the environment.
Other factors to be considered include: environmental impacts such as flora and fauna, stormwater and flood potential, road and traffic issues such as entry and exit points, cultural and heritage issues, landscape issues that would require significant engineering solutions, and the current zoning of the block of land.
Phase 1 sites
|Phase 1 Proposed Location||Relevant Service|
|South Tuggeranong (Calwell/Conder)||Fire & Rescue|
|North West Belconnen (Charnwood)||Ambulance and Fire & Rescue|
|Belconnen (Aranda)||Ambulance and Fire & Rescue|
Phase 2 sites
|Phase 2 Proposed Location||Relevant Service|
|Fyshwick||Fire & Rescue and Ambulance|
|Pialligo||Fire & Rescue|
|Calwell||State Emergency Service|
|Gungahlin||Rural Fire Service|