ACT high rise capabilities to be enhanced with second aerial appliance

Funding for a new aerial pumper appliance was announced in the ACT Government's 2018-19 Budget and a tender for this vehicle closes on 19 February 2019. The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) intends to have the new aerial pumper appliance on the road in the 2019-20 financial year. ESA Commissioner Dom Lane said today that the purchase and commissioning of this important second appliance is a priority for the agency. The current ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) aerial appliance is at ESA workshops where a scheduled quarterly service is being carried out. Additional work is also being undertaken to diagnose a reoccurring electrical fault. The fire on the twelfth floor of a construction site in Cooyong Street, Civic on 18 February 2019 was quickly extinguished without the utilisation of an aerial appliance. This further demonstrates that ACTF&R firefighters can quickly adapt and have the skills to safely and effectively respond to and control a range of fires and emergencies.