ACT ESA to run fire detection camera trial

An ESA fire truck with fire fighters sitting on the truck on the side of the road. A smoke-detection trial could help with early fire detection during future bushfire seasons.

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) will use new funding to conduct a fire and smoke-detecting camera trial and to install seven new electronic fire danger rating signs across Canberra.

The ESA will use the six-month trial of fire and smoke detecting cameras in elevated sites across Canberra to establish how the technology could help with early fire detection.

The installation of the new electronic fire danger rating signs will complete the replacement of manually updated signs.

The Government is spending $976,000 in the 2019-20 Budget Review, complementing funding of $2.65 million for Strengthening bushfire preparedness and ACT Rural Fire Service Partnerships which was provided in the 2019-20 Budget.

This includes continuing the ACT’s contribution to the National Emergency Alert system.

The ACT is experiencing an unprecedented bushfire season and new funding will help ensure we are even more prepared next season.

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