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Equipment boosts preparedness for chemical biological radiological incident.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.law.gov.au/ag

21 January 2005 010/2005

EQUIPMENT BOOSTS PREPAREDNESS FOR A CHEMICAL BIOLOGICAL RADIOLOGICAL INCIDENT

New specialist equipment to enhance Australia’s capability to deal with a chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) incident went on display in Canberra today to mark the final roll-out of the Australian Government’s $17.8 million CBR Enhancement Programme.

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock welcomed the completion of the roll-out of equipment, which includes detection, decontamination and protection systems, to all States & Territories by Emergency Management Australia (EMA).

Mr Ruddock said each State & Territory received equipment valued at more than $900,000 - identified by a national CBR Working Group that included representatives of all jurisdictions.

“This significant, practical support will help to ensure Australia is in the best possible position to respond to any CBR incidents in the future,” Mr Ruddock said.

“The sophisticated decontamination systems on public display today compliment the existing caches of equipment now managed by the States and Territories, ensuring our first responders in the event of an emergency are in the best possible position to protect communities from the consequences of a chemical, biological or radiological incident.”

Other equipment included personal protection equipment, specialist breathing systems, equipment to detect chemicals and radiation, units to detect bio-terrorism agents through DNA analysis, first aid and forensic investigation items, and three levels of decontamination systems for use in the event of mass casualties.

Mr Ruddock said first responders from State and Territory emergency management organisations had completed comprehensive training and stood ready to use the equipment.

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“It is a clear demonstration of how governments at all levels can work together effectively to protect the safety and security of Australian communities.”

The “show and tell” demonstration of the CBR mass casualty decontamination system at EMA was carried out by hazardous materials (HAZMAT) fire officers from the Australian Capital Territory’s Emergency Services Authority.

Media Contact: Charlie McKillop (Mr Ruddock’s office) 0419 278 715

Alastair Wilson (EMA) 0408 278 715