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1913 – 1935 The Ambulance Service The Ambulance Service began its life in 1913 as a single model T-Ford, owned and operated by the Transport Section of the Australian Federal Government. Throughout the 1920’s, Medical Officer  Dr. RM Thomson trained volunteers in administering first aid  and transporting sick or injured Canberra workmen. The single ambulance… Read more »

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Emergencies In a life threatening emergency, at any time, day or night, you should dial Emergency Triple Zero (000) for Police, Fire or Ambulance. General Non Emergency Patient Transport & Service (NEPT) bookings (Booking requires authorisation) (02) 6200 4126 Administration (02) 6207 9980 Accounts (02) 6207 9990 Bookings for public events (02) 6207 9986… Read more »


Do you want to work for the ACT Ambulance Service? ACTAS offers some of the best conditions and pay in Australia in a great location. Canberra has all the benefits of country living with city facilities (Canberra is 2 hours from the snow, the coast and three hours from Sydney). For more information on living… Read more »


ACT Fire & Rescue began its life in 1913 as The Canberra Fire Brigade, administered from Melbourne and lead by Mr Percy Douglas who, after a year of supervising the volunteer firefighters, was appointed as the first Chief Officer in 1914. Mr Douglas was allocated the phone number “1” for the Brigade headquarters near Acton… Read more »

Community Fire Units Contacts

The ACT Fire and Rescue Community Fire Unit coordinator can be contacted business hours on (02) 6207 8454 or by email For urgent afterhours matters contact the ACT Fire and Rescue Communications Centre on (02) 6200 4111. Current CFU members can find their afterhours contact number on the back of their ID cards.