South Australia dials into 3G data for Ambulances

By Paul Hemsley South Australian Minister for Health and Ageing John Hill has improved digital communications for state ambulance crews to increase the amount of information they have about the patient and the incident at the scene of an emergency. The South Australian government’s initiative to install mobile data terminals in ambulances to receive signals […]

Funding boost for emergency volunteers

By Staff Writer The Federal Government has announced a $3.3 million boost to its National Emergency Volunteer Support Fund (NEVSF). Announced this week by Attorney-General Robert McClelland, the additional funding will support 179 emergency volunteer recruitment, training and infrastructure projects. McClelland said the NEVSF has been successful in building and training volunteers to respond to […]

WA governments unprepared for ‘large-scale emergencies’

By Angela Dorizas Western Australia’s Auditor-General, Colin Murphy, has warned that state and local governments are unprepared for ‘large-scale emergencies’. The Auditor-General’s report, tabled in State Parliament, found that the Government has not appointed agencies to manage six hazards, including bushfires. This means that a number of authorities would be unable to fully invoke powers […]

Early warning a ‘national embarassment’

The aftermath of the Victorian bushfires. Image: Getty Images. By Rob O’Brien   Federal and state governments missed several opportunities to install a free early warning system in Victoria prior to the devastating bushfires of February 7, according to a submission to the Victorian State Government’s Royal Commission. In its submission to the Commission the […]

Councils join frontline in bushfire relief

By Angela Dorizas Victorian councils are at the frontline of emergency relief efforts to assist victims of Australia’s deadliest bushfire disaster. At least 108 people have been killed and more than 750 homes have been lost in a series of devastating blazes across the state. The Kinglake area, 46 kilometres north of Melbourne, has been […]


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