Building the new Sorell Emergency Services Hub

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management 

Building the new Sorell Emergency Services Hub

21 October 2021

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is delivering on its commitment to build contemporary and fit-for-purpose facilities for our police and emergency services, as part of our plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

Tasmanian company Fairbrother Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to build the Emergency Services Hub at Sorell, following a recent request for tender process.

Located in Sorell on a greenfield site at 47 Cole St, this $12 million project will accommodate Tasmania Police, Tasmania Fire Service and the State Emergency Service in one central location for the South East region.

I’m pleased to note that this exciting development represents the first in Tasmania to accommodate these key services within a shared purpose-built complex.

As the South East region, and Sorell in particular, is one of Tasmania’s fastest growing areas, this project will provide the community with bolstered emergency services capability now and into the future.

The site itself is ideal for shared emergency services purposes, as it is centrally located and provides plenty of space and easy access for emergency response vehicles and personnel.

I would like to thank the Sorell Council for providing the land to support this important community facility, which will sit alongside other community services, including the Sorell Council Chambers, the health centre, the RSL, the Lions Club and the men’s shed.

The Sorell Emergency Services Hub is scheduled for completion in December 2022.

Supporting the mental health of our first responders

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Supporting the mental health of our first responders

3 September 2021

The Department of Police Fire and Emergency Management’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy has been launched to guide the way we support the mental health and wellbeing of our emergency services workers, volunteers and their families.

We know that emergency services personnel are exposed to challenging incidents including being confronted by situations most of us are never likely to experience and this can impact their mental and physical health.

That’s why it is so important that we support those who keep Tasmanians safe by providing access to both proactive and responsive services to support their wellbeing.

The Strategy will guide the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management for the next five years, and includes supporting our personnel and their families as we know families too are affected by their loved ones wellbeing.

The Strategy’s vision is for positive mental health and wellbeing within the organisation so that people are mentally and physically fit, ready and capable to deliver high quality policing and emergency services for the community.

The latest Tasmanian Budget 2021-22 includes an additional $1.5 million for the Health and Wellbeing of emergency service personnel and volunteers, taking the total funding to $3 million per annum.

This additional funding will allow for additional services, such as psychologists and counselling, and ensure that all our emergency service personnel and volunteers are able to receive the support that they require from the Health and Wellbeing Program.

Supporting the health of our emergency service workforce and volunteers

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management 

Supporting the health of our emergency service workforce and volunteers

10 August 2021

The Health and Wellbeing Support team within the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management will be bolstered following a $1.5 million investment from the Tasmanian Liberal Government as part of our plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

We recognise the challenging work that our emergency services personnel undertake and the risk factors that can impact their mental and physical health, which is why this additional funding will take the annual funding for the Agency’s Wellbeing Program to $3 million.

Delivering on the commitment outlined in our First 100 Day Plan, the Government has now concluded consultation with our emergency services on the best outcomes for the additional $1.5 million investment into their health and wellbeing.

As a result, the additional funding will deliver a Health and Wellbeing Team of 23 staff including increased numbers of Wellbeing Support Officers, psychologists and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Support roles.

The MyPulse program will also be extended to the more than 5,600 Tasmanian emergency services volunteers who often put their lives on the line to protect our communities.

MyPulse is a proactive and preventative program that focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of our emergency services workforce.

It includes health clinics, physical and mental health screens, a resource library, learning modules and other interactive tools on matters that are particularly relevant to emergency services responders.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government recognises the critical role our first responders play in protecting Tasmanians, and protecting their health and wellbeing is our top priority.

Police Radio Dispatch and Combined Emergency Services Training Centre officially opened

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Police Radio Dispatch and Combined Emergency Services Training Centre officially opened

13 July 2021

Tasmania Police’s new $2 million Radio Dispatch Centre has been officially opened as part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

The RDS processes on average over 1500 emergency and inquiry calls a day, and had occupied the same workspace for more than 30 years since the original opening in July 1990.

We want to be able to provide our hard-working and high-quality RDS staff with best-practice technology and equipment and the new upgrade allows us to do that.

Funding was supplied via our $567 million TasGRN project, with the floor that RDS occupies redeveloped to create a new space for RDS operations together with development of a business continuity and training site specifically for Ambulance and Fire.

The site also provides a space for the invaluable training of other agencies involved in the TasGRN project such as SES, Sustainable Timber Tasmania, Hydro, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and Tas Networks.

State of the art, ultra-wide screen monitors have been installed in the new centre, which allow for seamless vision of all of the required computer applications associated with taking emergency calls and dispatching units.

The new layout also allows for the emergency call takers, emergency dispatchers and call support operators to work as a team to collectively receive, triage and allocate in a seamless process.

Multiple CCTV traffic cameras across Tasmania are also connected to provide visual information on evolving situations and resource movement. 

I would like to thank all of our hardworking and dedicated emergency services personnel who work around the clock to keep our community safe.