NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services
In 1981, a tripartite organisation was formed with the amalgamation of the police force, fire service and emergency service within the Northern Territory. Renamed the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services (NTPFES), the Tri-Service was headed by the Commissioner of Police as Chief Executive Officer for Fire and Emergency Services under the former Chief Minister and Minister for Police, the Honorable Marshall Perron MLA.
NT Police Force
The Northern Territory, sometimes referred to as ‘the last frontier’ has a (permanent) police history dating from 1870 when Inspector Paul Foelsche and six other police officers arrived in the Territory.
NT Fire and Rescue Service
The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service, unlike many of the fire services around Australia, is relatively young. During the formative years of Palmerston, now Darwin, there was no formal fire protection provided. It appears the residents had to fend for themselves with a ‘bucket brigade’.
NT Emergency Service
In common with its sister services throughout Australia, the Northern Territory Emergency Service was born out of the need to create a civil defence capability during the Second World War.