On 9 October, The Hon Tony Piccolo MP, announced grants to 144 individuals and organisations in rural, regional and remote areas across the state to enhance community frontline emergency response.
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In 2004, a National Emergency Services Memorial was opened on the bank of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Fire and Emergency service personnel who have died in the line of duty. An annual National Emergency Services Memorial service is also held at this location every 1 May.
In May this year, the Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon Tony Piccolo MP announced the establishment of a South Australian Emergency Services Memorial service to be held every 4 May, St Florian's Day, International Patron Saint of Firefighters, commencing in 2016.
The Minister has established a small representative Emergency Services Memorial Committee comprising staff and volunteers from the sector to undertake consultation (particularly with staff and volunteer associations/unions) to provide recommendations on the location, plaque/statue and various funding options. See Terms of Reference.
The Committee is seeking a city-based location to maximise awareness and attendance of the annual memorial event. As the proposed plaque/statue and relevant approvals will take time, the first memorial service in 2016 may be held at the existing Emergency Services Memorial at Centennial Park
The Committee is consulting broadly and seeking ideas from emergency service personnel regarding the possible location of the memorial.
The Committee is also considering the feasibility of annual regional memorial services taking place at the same date/time. The South Australian Volunteer Firefighter Museum is already considering such a memorial at their proposed new location in Naracoorte and have offered to hold such an event pending various approvals.
Please email the Committee before COB Friday 18 September 2015 if you have any suggestions for the possible location of the metropolitan memorial, or comments on the feasibility or location of regional memorials. Other comments, suggestions or questions are welcome.
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On 29 July 2015, the Minister for Emergency Services The Hon. Tony Piccolo jointly announced with the Commonwealth Minister for Justice the South Australian projects that will be funded under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.
The Emergency Services Levy is a levy on all real estate and some vehicles for funding emergency services across South Australia so they can continue to save lives and property. The levy came into effect on 1 July 1999. For more information, clicking here will take you to the page that explains the Emergency Services Levy in detail.
From 1 September 2014 when you see a stationary emergency vehicle with red or blue flashing lights, you must slow down to 25km/h. Whether it's an ambulance, MFS, CFS, SES or police vehicle, it's your responsibility to protect those that are protecting you and others in the community.
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South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM), are pleased to announce the recent completion of a project looking at improving the accessibility of emergency services information and emergency services to deaf, hearing and speech impaired persons in South Australia.
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SAFECOM is currently undertaking a project focussed on enhancing accessibility of deaf, hearing and speech impaired persons to emergency services and emergency information.
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Consultation is completed regarding the Approved Code of Practice for working hours. The Code recognises the significant risk excessive working hours poses to the health, safety and welfare of South Australian employees, volunteers and their families. Frontline emergency services employees and volunteers were highlighted and new guidelines have been developed to assist emergency service providers. You can click here to see a copy of the guideline and click here to see a copy of FLAWS an accompanying resource.
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