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Stay vigilant and informed on bushfires

As fires continue to burn across the state, and with ongoing hot weather conditions, it is vital Tasmanians follow the advice of the Tasmania Fire Service and the Parks and Wildlife Service and stay informed.

Total fire bans are in place across the entire State until Monday.

If you see a fire, report it immediately to 000.

The Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timber Tasmania have the Government’s full support to do whatever is needed to tackle these fires.

The Government and the community are extremely grateful for the work of our dedicated volunteer and career firefighters, as well as those from interstate and New Zealand, who are protecting life and property in these hot and difficult conditions.

For more information, visit www.fire.tas.gov.au or TasALERT.

Welcoming Tasmania Police’s newest recruits

Two new Firearms and Explosive Detector Dogs are ready to begin their careers in Tasmania.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to keeping Tasmanians safe, and the Dog Handlers Unit is an important part of that.

The young Golden Labradors, Olson and Quinn, passed their eight-week course with flying colours, and will perform a vital service for police.

This will allow current Explosive Detector Dog Cassie to enjoy a well-earned retirement after her eight-year service. She worked mainly in freight, passenger and vehicle inspections at the Spirit of Tasmania.

Given both Olson and Quinn passed their courses, despite the usual success rate being only 50 per cent, Tasmania Police has been able to increase the capacity of its Dog Handling Unit.

It now includes four Drug Detector Dogs and the two new Firearms and Explosive Detector Dogs.

The Tasmanian Government is investing heavily in police to keep Tasmanians safe. We are employing 125 more police in the next three-and-a-half years, after already increasing the number of police by 113 in our first term of Government.

We will continue to support police and provide them with the tools they need to crack down on serious crime, including drug and firearm-related offences.

Taking our Police numbers to the next level

As the Liberal Majority Government continues to increase police numbers, I today heartily congratulate the newest Police Constable graduates, who begin their careers next week.

We welcome the 20 recruits – eleven women and nine men, who have completed a rigorous 28-week course at the Police Academy and three weeks of practical experience in various stations around the state. 7 new constables will be stationed at Launceston, 8 at Hobart, 3 at Devonport and 2 at Burnie.

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Patients must never be harmed by unacceptable union stop work actions

Continuing Industrial action ordered by ANMF bosses is impacting on patient care and is unacceptable.

Today we have seen action to disrupt surgery at the Launceston General Hospital, and last week patient care was directly undermined by nurses at the Royal Hobart Hospital who refused to staff surgical theatres.

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Keep safe on our roads this holiday season

Tasmania Police will be out in force this holiday season with Operation Crossroads again targeting dangerous driving behaviours. We want everyone to have a safe and happy festive season and stay safe on our roads.

This is the time of year when people are driving to and from Christmas parties, functions and family events, which means more vehicles on our roads and lots of distractions. read more…

Boost for our Emergency Volunteers

The Hodgman Liberal Government values the contribution of our 5500 emergency service volunteers in keeping Tasmania safe. That’s why we have provided an injection of $2 million over four years for volunteer Tasmania Fire Service brigades and State Emergency Service units.

The extra funding sets up a grants system – the Emergency Volunteer Support Fund – to apply for non-essential equipment, training, recruitment and engagement activities and station upgrades. read more…

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