District firefighters are among the first in Victoria to benefit from a new multi-million-dollar communications system for regional CFA brigades.June 19, 2014 11:00pm
District firefighters are among the first in Victoria to benefit from a new multi-million-dollar communications system for regional CFA brigades.
Echuca Fire Brigade captain Mark Hooper said the Regional Radio Dispatch Service would help alleviate radio coverage issues.
Mr Hooper said brigades in the region had experienced black spots and volunteers were continually having to change radio channels.
‘‘With the new system, it will automatically find the nearest repeater through the Telstra network,’’ he said.
‘‘We are live now and we have tested the new system in areas where we previously had trouble and there are no more issues.’’
Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells said the new system would reduce the risk of dispatch communication failures and improve co-ordination between emergency services agencies.
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This world-class technology will allow direct voice communications between firefighters responding to incidents in regional Victoria with the Emergency Services Telecommunication Authority (ESTA) which manages the triple-zero emergence phone line.
The new system will also ensure reliable communications between State Emergency Communication Centre dispatchers and responding emergency appliances at all times.
Bamawm Extension Brigade captain George Calleja welcomed the communications system.
‘‘We have always had excellent communication with VicFire (a CFA app), however the changeover to digital will make it more reliable,’’ he said.
‘‘And it means everyone in the region will be on the same channel during an emergency.’’
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