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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 7 April 2005 2005) . . Page.. 1591 ..


Did the ESCC have information about which units were ‘stood up’ and readily available at all times on Thursday, 13 January 2005; if not, why not;

How many back-up generators were there at ESAH on Thursday, 13 January 2005;

Was there cause for, or a need for, a back-up generator to be activated or to ‘kick in’ at ESAH on Thursday, 13 January 2005; if so, did the back-up generator(s) activate or kick in; if not, why not;

Has there previously been a need for the back-up generator(s) to be activated or to kick in; if so, did the back-up generator(s) activate or kick in; if not, why not;

If the back-up generator(s) did activate or kick in, did the generator(s) cause any damage to any (a) communications system, (b) dispatch system and (c) data system; if so, what was the nature and extent of this damage;

If any damage has been caused by, or in relation to, the activation of back-up generators in the past, what has been the nature and extent of this damage;

Has the Emergency Services Authority conducted tests or trials on ‘back-up’ generators; if so, did the generators ‘kick-in’ when they were supposed to; if not, why not;

If the generators did not ‘kick-in’ when they were supposed to during a training exercise, what actions were taken to ensure that the generators would ‘kick-in’ where appropriate in the future;

How frequently have ESAH personnel engaged in training exercises simulating a power failure or communications failure;

Was the bulk of radio communication traffic between the Communications Centre operators and Emergency Services personnel conducted through hand-held radios at any time during Thursday, 13 January 2005;

If there was a disruption to the ESCC on Thursday, 13 January 2005, what were the four ACT fire-towers doing at the time of the disruption;

Did the fire towers have a direct line of communication with the ESCC all day on Thursday, 13 January 2005;

Were the fire towers monitoring any fires to the west of the ACT on Thursday, 13 January 2005;

Was the ability of the fire towers to convey information to the ESCC compromised or diminished at any stage on Thursday, 13 January 2005;

Did a communications operator in the ESCC advise Rural Fire Service units to go on patrol and ‘look out’ for fires as they had lost telephone communications and contact with the fire towers on Thursday 13 January 2005;

How much money has been spent upgrading the ESCC in the last three years;

What (a) initiatives, (b) equipment, (c) systems and (b) programs has this money been spent on;


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