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 and Rescue (ACTFandR) 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 ACTFandR firefighters can quickly adapt and have the skills to safely and effectively respond to and control a range of fires and emergencies.