Archive Media Releases 2009

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New Emergency Warning System Operational In South Australia

21 December 2009
Emergency Services Minister, Michael Wright, has launched a new telephone-based emergency warning system in South Australia today. [Media Release]

Statewide Launch of Fire Danger Season and Operation Nomad

01 December 2009
The 2009/10 Fire Danger Season will be officially launched today at Belair National Park, marking the start of the fire danger season in Kangaroo Island, Mount Lofty Ranges and the Adelaide Metropolitan fire ban districts, bringing the entire State under fire restrictions until April 2010. [Media Release]


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Recognition for Local Heroes 

26 November 2009
A man who has helped to rescue 26 people with his hovercraft is amongst a group of South Australians to be honoured at West Beach tonight. [Media Release]

Young South Aussie Life Savers Commended

26 November 2009
Five young lifesavers, from Henley Beach Surf Life Saving Club, will be formally recognised today for their extraordinary courage performing a rescue earlier this month. [Media Release]

Twenty-three South Australians to receive honours today

25 November 2009
Twenty-three South Australians, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty, often risking their own lives to help others, will be honoured at a special ceremony today. [Media Release]

For more information on the winners and their achievements click here.

International Volunteer Managers Day

5 November 2009
Emergency Services Minister Michael Wright today encouraged all South Australians to acknowledge and appreciate the important role volunteer managers play within the State's fire and emergency service organisations, as part of 2009 International Volunteer Managers Day. [Media Release]


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Clear bushfire warnings for South Australians

19 October 2009
South Australians living, working or travelling in bushfire-prone areas will be given clear advice about what to do in advance of a fire under the new Fire Danger Rating system, the Minister for Emergency Services Michael Wright said today. [Media Release]

Government gives extra $5.2 million to help state this fire season

18 October 2009
An additional $5.2 million has been pledged by the Rann Government to help all South Australians get bushfire ready for the impending fire danger season. [Media Release]

National Firefighters' Remembrance Day

10 October 2009
Emergency Services Minister Michael Wright has encouraged all South Australians to reflect and honour those firefighters who have died while keeping South Australian communities safe, as part of 2009 National Firefighters' Remembrance Day. [Media Release]

Major exercise to test emergency services

7 October 2009
South Australia's Police and Emergency Services will today put themselves to the test; dealing with a mock incident similar to what occurred during the Black Saturday fires in Victoria. [Media Release]

Bushfire season just 30 days away

2 October 2009
Minister for Emergency Services, Michael Wright has urged all those living in fire risk areas to be prepared for the upcoming bushfire season, which is just 30 days from officially commencing in parts of South Australia. [Media Release]


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Safer Community Award winners announced

29 September 2009
Seven organisations and individuals have been commended for their innovative programs aimed at making South Australia a safer, more resilient community. [Media Release]

Changes to the Fire and Emergency Services Act passed

25 September 2009
New laws, which amend the Fire and Emergency Services Act, are expected to be in force during this
year's fire season after passing Parliament yesterday. [Media Release]

Government takes action on bushfire taskforce

10 September 2009
The State Government today responded to comprehensive recommendations by the Bushfire Task Force, set up to analyse key issues arising from the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. [Media Release]

To view a video of the media announcement, click here.

State emergency services gear up for this year's Royal Show

4 September 2009
Members of the State's Fire and Emergency Services sector will be out in force at this year's Royal Show, lending their support to what is one of Adelaide's largest and most popular community events. [Media Release]


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Fire and emergency service chiefs visit Fleurieu

27 August 2009
The diversity of emergency response efforts to protect the people and property of the Fleurieu Peninsula will be a key focus of the fire and emergency service sector's Board visit to the region today. [More]


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Changes to Fire and Emergency Services Act Introduced

15 July 2009
Minister for Emergency Services, Michael Wright, will today introduce amendments to the Fire and Emergency Services Act in preparation for this year's fire season. [Media Release]

To read more about the Fire and Emergency Services (Review) Amendment Bill or the review, please click here.

Emergency Services Praised for Effort in Severe Weather

03 July 2009
Minister for Emergency Services, Michael Wright, has today thanked SES volunteers for their efforts following severe winds that swept through South Australia earlier this week.[More]


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$1.1M Towards a New Surf Central for State's Lifesavers

03 June 2009
Emergency Services Minister, Michael Wright, has announced Volunteer lifesavers will receive a $1.1 million funding injection in tomorrow's 2009-10 State Budget.[More]


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Major Investment in the Government Radio Network

31 May 2009
Police and Emergency Services Minister Michael Wright today announced the State Government will invest more than $100 million in Thursday's State Budget to provide for a digital upgrade to the Government Radio Network. [More]

Fire and emergency services' chiefs visit the South East  this week

27 May 2009
Fire prevention, emergency response, volunteer management and community resilience will be the focus of the fire and emergency services sector's Board visit to the South East on May 28-29.[More]

Employers recognised for supporting emergency services volunteers

26 May 2009
Chief Executive, SA Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM), David Place will this week, during a visit to Kingston in the state's South East, acknowledge a group of self employed volunteers and employers, who allow their staff to regularly down tools to support their local emergency service organisations. [More]

$1.8 million injection for fire and emergency services

23 May 2009
South Australia's Fire and Emergency services sector is set to benefit from a $1.8 million funding boost to expand Country Fire Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue fleets, extend fire-ground radio communications and develop an emergency call centre training facility for the sector.[More]

Metropolitan Fire Service welcomes 18 new recruits

22 May 2009
16 men and 2 women will become the newest members of South Australia's Metropolitan Fire Service at a special graduation ceremony this morning.[More]

Everyday people, extraordinary contribution

11 May 2009
The Country Fire Service (CFS) and State Emergency Service (SES) this week pay tribute to the dedicated volunteers who make up South Australia's emergency response capacity, as part of National Volunteer Week, May 11-17. [More]
To view a national television commercial and to find out more about Volunteer Week, click here.


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Praise For State's Firefighters As Season Ends

30 April 2009
Emergency Services Minister, Michael Wright, today thanked all Country and Metropolitan Fire Service members who've helped keep our State and community safe during this fire danger season. [More]

Aboriginal Justice Plan

29 April 2009
This plan identifies the strategic directions, roles and responsibilities of Justice agencies (including SAFECOM, CFS, MFS and SES) and opportunities for cross-agency collaboration, which will improve criminal and social justice outcomes for Aboriginal South Australians. [More]

2009 Australian Safer Community Awards

21 April 2009
Nominations are now open for the Australian Safer Community Awards recognising outstanding achievements and innovation in emergency management.  

To read more  click here.

Milestone For Wangary Bushfire Recommendations

1 April 2009
Another milestone has been reached in responding to the Deputy Coroner's recommendations arising from the Coronial Inquest into the Wangary Bushfires, with the formal release today of two research reports into farming practices and bushfire risk.[More]

To read more on the recommendations click here, or click here to view the reports.


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Summer Shark Patrols To Watch Over Waters For Longer

25 March 2009
Aerial beach patrols will be extended another month to ensure South Australia's coastline is under the microscope throughout the school holidays.[More]

$1.4 Million For Disaster Mitigation In South Australia

6 March 2009
South Australia is set to receive $1.4 million for fourteen projects to help reduce the impact and risk of natural disasters.[More]

Government Appoints Bushfire Taskforce

5 March 2009
A specialist taskforce, comprising of experts in various fields, has been selected to analyse key issues arising from the Victorian bushfires.[More]


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Heat Health Warning

31 January 2009
The State Emergency Service (SES) and SA Health are warning South Australians that the current heatwave is
a threat to public safety. [More]