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Celebrate Territory Day the safe way
  01 Jul 2024

The Northern Territory (NT) Police and NT Fire and Emergency Service (NTFES), together with Bushfires NT and St John Ambulance, are urging all Territorians and visitors to celebrate Territory Day safely this year.

The NT Fire and Rescue Service (NTFRS) and Bushfires NT are gearing up for the day with increased firefighting resources and support across their respective emergency response areas. Incident Management Teams and extra call takers/dispatchers will be stood up to assist our Firefighters throughout the Territory.

On 1 July, fireworks can be purchased from licensed retailers between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM, and can only be used between 6:00 PM and 11:00 PM. It’s crucial to buy only what you can safely use within the allowed time frame.

Acting Chief Fire Officer Stephen Sewell AFSM emphasised, “We strongly encourage everyone to plan for a safe night, ensuring the well-being of yourself, your loved ones, and your pets. Clean out gutters, wet lawns, garden beds, remove rubbish and combustibles from around structures, ensure all fire breaks and mitigations are completed prior to the night”.

St John NT Regional Manager Ben Minchin said to celebrate Territory Day safely, responsibly and to be careful around fireworks.

“A good way to celebrate Territory Day is to attend one of the public fireworks displays, but if you but if you are going to let off fireworks, make sure you do it the safest way possible and ensure you look out for one another,” Mr Minchin said.

“Remember our crews are here to help, but we would rather you handle fireworks safely and do the right thing than need our assistance.”

Executive Director of Bushfires NT Collene Bremner said “Bushfires NT is as prepared as possible, with our Volunteer Brigades ready to support their local communities, but we also need cooperation from residents and visitors.

Make sure your family, pets, and property are ready for a safe and enjoyable Territory Day.”

“We encourage the public to call 000 to report any fires or emergencies and to report illegal or suspicious activities to the NT Police on 131 444.”

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