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Garigal bushcare

Garigal National Park

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Current alerts in this area

Last reviewed: Mon 22 July 2024, 10.40am

Applies from Mon 15 Jul 2024, 9.34am to Mon 5 Aug 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jul 2024, 2.19pm.

Other planned events: Pay machine upgrade

Pay machines in this park are being upgraded to provide an even more reliable service for your convenience. Whilst this process is underway, coins may not be accepted at pay machines, however cash payments for park use fees can still be made at visitor centres. Pay machines will continue to accept credit card. ParknPay remains available in all Parks via the ParknPay app.

Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 11.25pm to Thu 1 Aug 2024, 2.27am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Jan 2024, 9.33am.

Other planned events: ‘1080 pest management’

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2024 and 31 July 2024 in Garigal National Park. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

 

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the local park office on:

Forestville 9451 3479 (business hours)

NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

Applies from Fri 24 Mar 2023, 9.31am. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2024, 10.40am.

Closed areas: Section of Casuarina track closed for track maintenance

Part of Casuarina track is closed from Thursday 23 March 2023 until further notice due to maintenance on the footbridge.

The closed area is the section of Casuarina track between the end of Boree Road and the Carrol Creek track intersection.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 10 Feb 2016, 3.18pm. Last reviewed: Tue 18 Jun 2024, 9.19am.

Closed areas: Flat Rock track partial closure

The section of Flat Rock track from the Killarney Drive entrance to the Downpatrick Street entrance, is permanently closed as the old track passes through private property near Killarney Point.

Please note:

  • Walkers heading west should exit Flat Rock track at the eastern end of Killarney Drive and use Killarney Drive until you reach Downpatrick Street. Then walk down the street and re-enter Flat Rock track from the Downpatrick Street fire trail.
  • Walkers heading east should exit Flat Rock track at the Downpatrick Street fire trail and use Downpatrick Street, then Killarney Drive until you reach the end of Killarney Drive. Re-enter Flat Rock track from the Killarney Drive entrance.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Upcoming management events

Upcoming management events
Date Event Title
31 July 2024 Other planned events ‘1080 pest management’ Details

Applies from Wed 31 Jul 2024, 10.11pm to Sat 1 Feb 2025, 2.12am. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Jul 2024, 12.15pm

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 August 2024 and 31 January 2025 in Garigal National Park. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

 

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the local park office on:

Forestville 9451 3479 (business hours)

NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

Details

Nearby alerts

Applies from Mon 22 Jul 2024, 2.54pm to Wed 24 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2024, 3.18pm

Closed areas: Bobbin Inn closed

The Bobbin Inn, including the Cafe & the Visitor's Centre,  will be closed on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 July 2024 for essential maintenance works, reopening on Friday 25 July 2024.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on (02) 84480400.

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Applies from Mon 22 Jul 2024, 2.48pm to Wed 24 Jul 2024, 4.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2024, 2.54pm

Closed areas: Power outage at Bobbin Head

There will be a power outage at Bobbin Head on Wednesday 24 July 2024 from 7am to 3pm for essential powerline maintenance. The power outage will affect:

  • Bobbin Inn Cafe
  • Gibberagong Education Centre
  • Bobbin Head Visitor Centre
  • The Station.
  • The Pavilion.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 22 Jul 2024, 2.40pm to Fri 2 Aug 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2024, 2.43pm

Other planned events: Sphinx Memorial repair works

Repair works are underway at the Sphinx Memorial from Monday 12 February to 2 August, weather permitting. There will be changed access to the memorial for the duration of these works. The carpark and the Sphinx track remain open. Please follow directions of signs and contractors. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Fri 19 Jul 2024, 2.00pm. Last reviewed: Fri 19 Jul 2024, 2.09pm

Other planned events: North Head Scenic Drive roadworks

Repair of potholes on North Head Scenic Drive near the Quarantine Station roundabout will be undertaken on Monday 22 July from 6,30am to 5pm. The road will remain open and traffic control will be in place. 

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Applies from Thu 4 Jul 2024, 9.33am to Thu 31 Oct 2024, 9.34am. Last reviewed: Wed 17 Jul 2024, 11.07am

Closed areas: Barrenjoey access trail closed on weekdays

Barrenjoey access road is closed on weekdays from Monday 8 July 2024 to Thursday 31 October 2024 due to construction works. Pedestrian access to Barrenjoey Lighthouse will be via Smugglers track.

The Smugglers track is a grade 3 walking track – mostly stairs. It is a steeper and more challenging walk to the top of the headland. Please consider your ability prior to ascent.

For further information please call the local area office.

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Applies from Mon 15 Jul 2024, 11.44am to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jul 2024, 2.43pm

Closed areas: Vegetation maintenance works in Lane Cove National Park

There are scheduled vegetation works on the trail network in Lane Cove National Park, starting Wednesday 24 July 2024 through to Friday 26 July 2024, weather permitting.

The following will be closed during these works:

  • De Burghs trail - Wednesday 24 July
  • Fullers trail - Thursday 25 July
  • Sugarloaf Point trail - Friday 26 July

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 21 May 2024, 12.16pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jul 2024, 2.21pm

Closed areas: Castle Rock pedestrian bridge closed for replacement

The Manly to the Spit walking track will be closed between 91 Cutler Road and 17 Ogilvy Road, Clontarf from Wednesday 29 May to Monday 29 July 2024 for the replacement of a pedestrian bridge near Castle Rock Beach. An alternate route is available via Cutler Road, Barrabooka Road and Ogilvy Road. Directional signage will be in place to guide pedestrians through the alternate route.

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Applies from Mon 15 Jul 2024, 9.34am to Mon 5 Aug 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jul 2024, 2.19pm

Other planned events: Pay machine upgrade

Pay machines in this park are being upgraded to provide an even more reliable service for your convenience. Whilst this process is underway, coins may not be accepted at pay machines, however cash payments for park use fees can still be made at visitor centres. Pay machines will continue to accept credit card. ParknPay remains available in all Parks via the ParknPay app.

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Applies from Fri 12 Jul 2024, 1.01pm. Last reviewed: Mon 22 Jul 2024, 10.39am

Closed areas: Duckholes trail closed for upgrades

Duckholes fire trail is closed from Monday 12 February 2024 to Friday19 July 2024 for upgrades. Do not enter the closed area. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Wed 31 Mar 2021, 11.53am. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Jul 2024, 3.21pm

Closed areas: Bluefish Point closed

The Bluefish Point bushland area is closed to public access for public safety and to protect the landscape and important plant and animal communities. Access to rock pools is difficult and dangerous. Please stay on sign-posted walking tracks when visiting Sydney Harbour National Park for your safety and observe warning signs in the area.  

 

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Applies from Wed 5 Dec 2018, 7.23pm. Last reviewed: Mon 8 Jul 2024, 3.20pm

Other planned events: North Head Scenic Drive gate opening times

The North Head Scenic Drive gate opening times are:

  • AEDT From 1 October 2023 to 7 April 2024 - from 5am to 8.30pm
  • AEST From 8 April 2024 to 6 October 2024 -  from 6am to 6pm

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Applies from Fri 21 Jun 2024, 4.51pm to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jul 2024, 9.34am

Other incidents: Bobbin Head Visitor Centre phone issues

Unexpected issues with the Bobbin Head Visitor Centre phoneline are currently being worked on by technicians. If you are having trouble with your call not getting through to the visitor centre, please call 1300 072 757 or if trying to contact them directly send an email to npws.bobbinhead@environment.nsw.gov.au

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 11.34pm to Thu 1 Aug 2024, 2.35am. Last reviewed: Thu 4 Jul 2024, 3.26pm

Other planned events: ‘1080 pest management’

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits and fresh baits containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between 1 February 2024 and 31 July 2024 in Lane Cove National Park. Don’t touch baits. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

For more information, contact the local park office on:

Lane Cove 8448 0400 (business hours)

NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

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Applies from Fri 28 Jun 2024, 11.36am to Fri 26 Jul 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jul 2024, 11.32am

Closed areas: Tunks Hill picnic precinct closed

Tunks Hill picnic precinct is currently closed for maintenance and will reopen on Saturday 27 July 2024. Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Sat 29 Jun 2024, 3.18pm to Tue 31 Dec 2024, 3.20pm. Last reviewed: Sat 29 Jun 2024, 3.20pm

Closed areas: Berowra walking track partial closure

Berowra walking track is partially closed until further notice from Apple Tree Bay to the Mt-Ku-ring-gai access track. There is a threat of rockfalls due to slope instability caused by recent weather events. NPWS is in the process of carrying out necessary repair works.

The Berowra walking track from Berowra Station to Mt Ku-ring-gai is open for use.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400 or call 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

 

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Applies from Fri 28 Jun 2024, 10.08am to Sun 22 Sep 2024, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Tue 16 Jul 2024, 9.27am

Other planned events: Muogamarra 2024 Open Season

Muogamarra Nature Reserve is only open to the public for 6 weeks every year, around spring time. The dates for the 2024 Open Season are from Saturday 17 August to Sunday 22 September and bookings are essential for all visitors. Bookings can be made here

Due to the sensitive nature of the reserve, access is restricted at other times to approved educational and research activities only.

For more information about the reserve, call the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or the NPWS North Western Sydney area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Fri 1 Mar 2024, 7.48am to Wed 31 Jul 2024, 7.49am. Last reviewed: Mon 24 Jun 2024, 7.49am

Other planned events: Brooklyn Dam fire trail maintenance works

There will be surface maintenance works on the Brooklyn Dam fire trail between William St, Brooklyn and the end of the Jerusalem Bay trail, including Brooklyn Dam campsite, from the 2 April 2024. Expect delays and follow instructions of NPWS staff and contractors. Jerusalem Bay trail will remain open during this time.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact the local NPWS office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Tue 24 Jan 2023, 10.00am to Mon 30 Sep 2024, 3.29pm. Last reviewed: Fri 24 May 2024, 4.22pm

Closed areas: Gardeners Cottage closure

Gardeners Cottage will not be available for bookings until the replacement of the concrete seawall at Shark Beach, Nielsen Park has been completed. For more information on the seawall replacement please visit the project website or call the NPWS Vaucluse office on 02 9337 5511.

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Applies from Thu 15 Dec 2022, 4.29pm. Last reviewed: Mon 27 May 2024, 4.47pm

Closed areas: North Mackerel track closed and Mackerel trail partially closed

North Mackerel track is permanently closed due to a potential risk of rockfalls and unstable cliff edges in the Great Mackerel Beach area.

The only designated land access to or from Great Mackerel Beach is via Mackerel track to the north, which intersects with Resolute track.

Due to land instability and risk to personal safety, there is no through or return access to or from the following places:

  • The south end of Great Mackerel Beach via The Basin or Mackerel trail
  • The west of Great Mackerel Beach via North Mackerel track, which is closed.

Please be aware of the risks associated with visiting natural areas, including rock falls, unstable edges, falling branches and interactions with wildlife.

For more information, contact the local NPWS office.

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Applies from Mon 27 Nov 2023, 12.49pm. Last reviewed: Fri 23 Feb 2024, 12.48pm

Other planned events: Hornby Light renovation works

Hornby Lighthouse at South Head is currently undergoing restoration and maintenance. Completion is scheduled for September 2024. South Head heritage trail remains open. However, views and access around the Hornby Lighthouse will be temporarily impacted during these works.

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 11.41pm to Thu 1 Aug 2024, 2.44am. Last reviewed: Fri 5 Jul 2024, 11.51am

Other planned events: 1080 pest management operation

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and canid pest ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes.

The program is continuous and ongoing between Thursday 1 February 2024 and Wednesday 31 July 2024 in the following areas of Sydney Harbour National Park:

  • Chowder Bay
  • Dobroyd Head
  • Bradleys  Head
  • Georges Head
  • Middle and North Head (North Head includes the adjoining land of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Australian Institute of Police Management and Quarantine Station).

Please don’t touch baits or ejector devices. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, contact:

Middle Head - 02 9960 6266 (business hours)

NPWS after-hours call centre: 1300 056 294 (after hours)

North Head Sanctuary, Manly (Harbour Trust Lands): 02 8969 2128 (business hours).

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Applies from Wed 31 Jan 2024, 11.14pm to Thu 1 Aug 2024, 2.17am. Last reviewed: Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.33pm

Other planned events: 1080 pest management program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will be conducting a baiting program using manufactured baits, fresh baits and Canid Pest Ejectors (CPEs) containing 1080 poison (sodium fluroacetate) for the control of foxes. The program is continuous and ongoing between Thursday 1 February 2024 and Wednesday 31 July 2024 in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. All baiting locations are identifiable by signs. Don’t touch baits or ejector devices. Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW national parks and reserves. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Fox baiting in these reserves is aimed at reducing their impact on threatened species.

For more information, contact the NPWS Forestville area office on 9451 3479 or Lane Cove area office on 8448 0400 during business hours. For after-hours enquiries, contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 056 294.

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Applies from Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.10pm to Tue 4 Feb 2025, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jul 2024, 11.32am

Closed areas: Sugarloaf carpark closed

Sugarloaf car park in Lane Cove National Park is no longer open to the public. We apologise for any inconvenience.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Chatswood Area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.07pm to Tue 4 Feb 2025, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Thu 18 Jul 2024, 9.35am

Safety alerts: Swimming safety in Berowra Valley National Park

Swimming is not advisable in Berowra Creek at certain times as the water may be subject to variable pollution levels and algal blooms. Please refer to the Hornsby Shire Council website before swimming in Berowra Creek. Alternatively you can call the Hornsby Council 24 hour information line on 9847 6666 or the Algal information line on 1800 999 457.

Swimming at Fishponds is not advised at any time due to heavy water pollution.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.For more information, contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Thu 1 Feb 2024, 12.05pm to Tue 4 Feb 2025, 5.00pm. Last reviewed: Mon 15 Jul 2024, 11.32am

Closed areas: Toilet closures in Lane Cove National Park

Some toilets within this park will be closed during the week, opening only on weekends, public holidays and during school holidays. The closed toilets are at:

  • Carters Creek (Area 9)
  • Scribbly Gums (Area 17)
  • Haynes Flat (Area 32)

Please note: This does not apply to bookings. Where there are bookings, toilets will be opened.

For more information, please contact the NPWS Chatswood area office on 02 8448 0400.

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Applies from Mon 9 Jul 2018, 11.06am. Last reviewed: Mon 11 Mar 2024, 10.10am

Closed areas: Fort Denison closed

Fort Denison is currently closed.

Conservation and upgrade works are currently underway. Key elements include the construction of a new accessible wharf and maintenance and upgrade to buildings and services. Fort Denison will be closed to visitors until these works have been completed.

Penalties apply for non-compliance.

Standard work hours during the construction phase will be between:

  • 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday
  • 8am and 1pm on Saturday

For more information, visit the project webpage or email us. Visit the NSW National Parks safety page for park safety guidelines.

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Applies from Sat 17 Oct 2020, 10.59pm. Last reviewed: Mon 6 Nov 2023, 9.52am

Closed areas: North Head partial closure

Some parts of North Head in Sydney Harbour National Park are closed due to fire damage and geological instability. The closed areas include:

  • Bluefish Point
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant emergency access road

The following areas, and the bushland surrounding them, are also closed due to steep and unstable ground:

  • Old Man's Hat
  • Cannae Point
  • Quarantine Head

Do not enter the closed areas.

Open areas include:

  • Q Station
  • North Head Sanctuary and Bella Vista Cafe (entry via North Fort)
  • The track between Shelly Beach and Bluefish Drive
  • Bluefish Drive to the Avenue of Honour
  • Collins Flat Beach
  • Fairfax track
  • Burragula and Yiningma lookouts

Penalties apply for non-compliance. For more information, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 or Sydney North area office on 02 9451 3479 between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/volunteer-activities/garigal-bushcare/local-alerts

Park info

  • in Garigal National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Garigal National Park is open 6am to 6.30pm (8pm during daylight savings) but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day applies only at Davidson Park only. Day passes are available from on-park pay machines that accept coins and credit cards, and you can also pay for your visit via the Park’nPay app.

    Bus: $4.40 per adult, $2.20 per child (per day).

    Daily entry fee exemption for teachers and educational supervisors (1 adult per 10 children) applies only for organised and pre-arranged group bookings.

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Emergency services

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