New Acton emergency services station to promote sustainability, faster response times

Construction is progressing on a new state-of-the-art emergency services station in Acton, which will further enhance response times in the city centre and surrounds.

Located between Clunies Ross Street and Parkes Way, the station’s completion is scheduled for December 2024. It is expected to be operational by June 2025.

The ACT Government has committed more than $40 million to the design and construction of the facility, which emphasises energy efficiency and is aligned with the ACT’s Climate Change Strategy goals.

Key benefits of the new Acton Emergency Services Station include:

  • Enhanced emergency response: The central location will ensure swift response times for City and Inner North residents.
  • Sustainable design: In line with the ACT’s emissions reduction strategy, the station will have electric vehicle chargers to meet the needs of the agency’s electric vehicle fleet. The station’s roof will also be equipped with solar panels expected to create 142MWh per year.
  • Modern facilities: The station will provide a comfortable, well-equipped base for both ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Ambulance Service personnel.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mick Gentleman:

“This station represents a further investment in our Emergency Services Agency and the community’s safety.

“It will deliver faster response times, while the innovative facility will allow our first responders to carry out their vital work to the highest standard.

“This new, fully-electric station will also bolster our efforts to reduce emissions while providing industry-leading facilities for our emergency services crews. It is a win for the environment, the safety of our workforce and the Canberra community.

“We’re committed to building a more resilient and sustainable Canberra in alignment with our climate action goals. This station a prime example of how we prioritise environmental responsibility while delivering vital public services.”

Quotes attributable to Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Phillips:

“The Acton Emergency Services Station represents another step toward equipping our first responders with the facilities and infrastructure to carry out their vital work and service one of Canberra’s fastest-growing regions.

“We listened to our people when designing the facility and I’m heartened to see their input taking shape in the construction.”

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