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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2021) . . Page.. 1955 ..

providing significant resources to our frontline responders. We are enabling our frontline responders to keep our community safe through major investments in ACT Policing, ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Rural Fire Service and the ACT State Emergency Service. We are funding more firefighters, police officers and paramedics; providing better equipment and facilities; and continuing to invest in the training, health, wellbeing and safety of our volunteers and staff.

As a result of the government’s ongoing support, the ACT has arguably the best-resourced, best-equipped and best-trained emergency services in the country. Thank you to all of our emergency responders for keeping our community safe.

Mr Hanson interjecting

MR GENTLEMAN: The ACT government, unlike Mr Hanson, will continue to support you, now and into the future.

MS ORR: Minister, has the government recently hired more police and emergency services personnel?

MR GENTLEMAN: The government is hiring more emergency responders to ensure that Canberra remains a safe and well-protected city into the future. We are committed to maintaining a skilled and resilient workforce that is well supported and able to meet the challenging and changing demands of our growing city. In recent years we have made significant investments in staffing, including the recruitment of an additional 99 firefighters over the next five years, as part of the ACT Fire & Rescue enterprise agreement, and over 60 new ACT Policing members over four years, as part of our $33.9 million commitment to the police service model.

I have had the pleasure of meeting many of our new recruits already, and I look forward to welcoming future frontline responders in the coming years. I wish them all the best in their future careers serving the Canberra community.

DR PATERSON: Minister, how is the government recognising these staff?

MR GENTLEMAN: The government values the contribution of our emergency services personnel and appreciates their distinguished and exemplary service to the ACT community. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the six members of the ACT Emergency Services Agency and ACT Policing who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to protecting and serving the Canberra community with the 2021 ACT Community Protection Medal. They are dedicated and passionate people who have each gone above and beyond their normal duties to make our community safer. I am proud to recognise their achievements and dedication to the Canberra community. I congratulate them on their distinguished and outstanding service. Well done to Leading Senior Constable Nadia Mulino from ACT Policing, Neil Glasgow from ACTAS, Nicholas Rand from ACT SES, Anthony Cross from ACT Rural Fire Service, Col O’Rourke from ACT Fire & Rescue, and Erik Sandin from ACT ESA.

Mr Barr: Further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

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