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Emergency Management

Both the State Government and King Island Council work in partnership to achieve safer and sustainable communities through robust emergency management arrangements.

The King Island Emergency Management Plan details the roles, responsibilities and arrangements for prevention, preparedness, response and recovery in the event of an emergency on King Island.

The plan is maintained by the King Island Municipal Emergency Management Committee.
The committee is made up of the following stakeholders:

  • Tasmania Fire Service
  • Tasmania Police
  • State Emergency Service
  • King Island Council
  • Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
  • TasPorts Corporation
  • Tasmania Health Service

Click here to download the King Island Emergency Management Plan 2020.

Ambulance & Hospital

Ambulance Tasmania operates a volunteer ambulance service on King Island, based at the Emergency Services Centre in Meech Street, Currie. This is staffed by trained volunteers from the Island and are controlled from the Ambulance Communication Centre in Hobart.

The King Island Hospital provides a 24-hour Accident & Emergency Service, however is only able to manage emergencies of a minor nature; severe injury or a major emergency usually requires the relocation of patients to a larger hospital off the Island using the Air Ambulance Royal Flying Doctor Service.

In the event of a medical emergency please call Triple Zero (000).

For non-emergency inquiries please call the King Island Hospital & Health Centre on (03) 6462 9900


King Island has four volunteer Fire Brigades located in Currie, Grassy, Naracoopa and Reekara.

The fire season for King Island is traditionally from November to March, though fires can and do occur outside this peak season. To light a fire during days of total fire ban, a fire permit is required.

You can find out more information Community Bush Fire Plans which identify your Nearest Safe Place:

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For emergency assistance in the event of a fire please call Triple Zero (000).

Police & Crime Stoppers

The local police station is located in Currie and has 3 permanent police officers.
King Island’s police are committed to keeping the Island a safe and secure place to live.

In the event of an emergency please phone Triple Zero (000) and ask for police.

If you are a victim of a crime, other than life threatening or time critical emergency situations, you should contact the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

For other non-emergency related matters please contact the Currie Police Station on (03) 6462 1211.

To anonymously report a crime phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


The King Island SES provides a volunteer response capability for severe storms and floods, road crash rescue, search and rescue/recovery and a range of other general rescue and community support roles.

In the event of floods and storms please call 132 500.

During life threatening emergencies dial Triple Zero (000).

Aerodrome Emergency Plan

The Aerodrome Emergency Plan details the arrangements for control and coordination of the response to and the initial recovery from an emergency on or within the vicinity of King Island Aerodrome.

The Aerodrome Emergency Committee comprises representatives of the major agencies involved in the coordinated response to an Aerodrome Emergency includes:

  • Airport Manager
  • Airport Reporting Officer
  • Municipal Emergency Management Coordinator
  • Tasmania Police
  • General Manager King Island Council
  • Tasmania Fire Service
  • State Emergency Service
  • Ambulance Tasmania
  • King Island District Hospital
  • Airlines

The AEP can be activated by Aerodrome staff, Airservices Australia, Airlines and the public by calling Triple Zero (000).

Emergency Management Plans

Developing a Home Emergency Plan

King Island Municipal Emergency Management Plan December 2020

King Island Municipal Fire Prevention Plan

Tasmanian Marine Oil Spill Contingency Plan


Tasmanian Municipal Emergency Management Guidelines