Damascus Barracks

About the base

Was originally developed by the United States of America during World War II as a Defence storage and warehouse facility. Currently houses major stores holdings.


Prior to entering contractor areas all visitors are to report to the sign in point. When any contractor work areas during site hours sign in register must be completed at all reception areas.

Visiting hours

7:30am - 4:30pm

Road rules

There is a lot of vehicle movement across this site, including forklifts, semi-trailers, trucks and defence vehicles.

Speed limit varies between 10km/h and 25km/h throughout the base.

Road users are to obey all speed limit signs.

A three metre rule applies with any material handling equipment such as forklift. Stay outside the three metres zone to all moving material handling equipment and make yourself visible to the operator.

Sirens will communicate information about the base security status and procedures. In the event you hear any of the following emergency warning tones, stop what you are doing immediately and follow the direction of your escort or ECO Warden. In the absence of direction, follow the procedures below and those detailed in the following pages of the National Base Induction.





‘beep, beep, beep’ tone + ‘alert alert alert’ voice command

Prepare to receive direction and maintain awareness.


‘whoop, whoop, whoop’ tone + ‘evacuate, evacuate, evacuate’ voice command

Exit building and assemble at predetermined assembly area. Remain at assembly area and await further direction.


Rapid short ‘beeping’ tone + ‘lockdown, lockdown, lockdown’ voice command

Follow the CLOSE procedure.

  • Close windows, blinds, doors and turn off lights.
  • Lock computers and put documents away.
  • Out-of-sight and minimise movement.
  • Stay silent and turn off phones.
  • Endure and maintain.

Stand down

Low-pitched ‘buzzing’ tone + ‘stand-down, stand-down, stand-down’ voice command

Resume normal activities.

Call 000 for life threatening, critical or serious situations.