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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1288..

(4) Ambulances are maintained and serviced in accordance with manufacturers' recommended standards. Routine inspections are carried out as part of this process and any identified (or reported) maintenance and repair requirements are addressed.

(5) Emergency stretcher ambulances are normally replaced at 250, 000 kilometres.

(6) No emergency stretcher ambulance currently in operational use is beyond the normal operational life of 250,000 kilometres.

(7) Two new emergency stretcher ambulances were delivered in early March 2006. Delivery of the remaining four ambulances is expected by mid April 2006.

(8) A range of factors influenced the delivery dates for the ambulances including:

    • The procurement process could not be commenced until approval of capital budget funding;
    • Timeframe required for contract negotiation and signature;
    • Limited availability of Mercedes vehicles within Australia for conversion as stretcher ambulances; and
    • Timeframes for supplier to commence vehicle conversion and fit out program owing to competing supply demands from other interstate ambulance services.

(9) The amount of funds to be allocated to ambulance replacement over the coming 4 years from the overall funding allocation will be subject to internal Emergency Services Authority decisions regarding vehicle replacement priorities each year, the negotiated price for each vehicle, and the number of ambulances in need of replacement.

(10) (a) Early January to mid April 2006.

(b) $18,000.

(c) Yes. See (2), (7) and 10(a).

Policing—interstate assistance

(Question No 982)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 8 March 2006:

(1) Has his attention been drawn to an article entitled "Police sift responses on serial rapist", Canberra Times, 28 February 2006, Page 6; if so, why have police from interstate joined the Canberra team for this investigation;

(2) How many police from interstate have joined the Canberra team and what is the total number of officers working on the case as at 28 February 2006;

(3) Are the interstate officers attached to the AFP; if not, where are the interstate officers from and what skills do they possess that make their inclusion necessary;

(4) What is the cost to the ACT Government due to interstate officers being assigned on this investigation;

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