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Gungahlin emergency services center and police station renovated

The Gungahlin Joint Emergency Services Center (JESC) and the city police station are reopening after extensive repairs and upgrades.

The JESC welcomed ESA staff earlier this week and ACT Policing will return next week following commissioning and ICT testing.

Frontline emergency services personnel have been in the community during the remediation and upgrades of the JESC and city stations.

The reoccupation of the Gungahlin JESC is a milestone in the ACT Government’s long-term plan to strengthen emergency services in the growing Gungahlin region.

The JESC – home to ACT Policing, ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service, ACT Ambulance Service and ACT State Emergency Service – underwent an extensive refurbishment to increase ACT Policing’s operational footprint.

This project is part of a three-phase plan that includes relocating the ACT Rural Fire Service and ACT State Emergency Service to a new site in Mitchell (currently under construction) and exploring options for a new site in Casey for ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Fire. & Rescue.

“The ACT Government is committed to providing the resources and facilities needed to ensure the people of Gungahlin get the help they need, when they need it,” said Mick Gentleman, Minister for Police and Crime Prevention and Fire and Emergency Services.

“The improvements to JESC will see ACT Policing expand operational capacity to meet the needs of a growing Gungahlin population.”

The JESC has been vacant since February 2024 due to the discovery of lead dust and diesel particles during the renovation. Rigorous environmental assessments, assessed by WorkSafe ACT, confirmed that there was no staff exposure and that there was an external source of contamination.

After the relocation of staff and volunteers, a full industrial clean-up took place. This was done to prioritize the health and safety of staff, despite not being recommended by the report or WorkSafe ACT.

“The health, wellbeing and safety of our emergency services staff and volunteers are of the utmost importance and the work put into the renovation and restoration is creating a safe and sustainable workplace,” said Wayne Phillips, Commissioner, ACT Emergency Services Agency.

“The reassurance of staff and volunteers is always paramount. I am convinced that this has been achieved. At the same time, emergency services have maintained a presence in the Gungahlin area, keeping Canberrans safe. It’s great that they can now return to their renovated centre.”

New upgrades have now been completed at the city police station following storm damage in April 2024. The renovated station is equipped with 47 modern workstations and improved technical capabilities.

“This modern facility will be very well received by our officers,” said Chief Police Officer Scott Lee.

“We welcome the government’s investment in this station, which supports our mission to keep Canberrans safe.”

New ceiling tiles and floors in the areas affected by the water leak have been replaced. This includes the conference room, general duties office, sergeant’s office, and armory.

“The city station is a crucial part of our long-term plan to ensure emergency services can effectively meet the demands of our growing population and maintain optimal response times across the region,” he said.

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