CFA regional radio dispatch service launched at Whiteheads Creek.CHALPAT SONTI June 25, 2014 3:11am
Whiteheads Creek-Tarcombe fire brigade captain Scott James explains the finer points of the new system to Victorian Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells.
Better safety for local communities has been promised following the launch of a new CFA radio system.
The Regional Radio Dispatch Service was officially launched at the Whiteheads Creek-Tarcombe fire station last week.
The key feature of the system, which will cost $66 million to roll out across the state, is that it will allow firefighters on the ground to talk directly to the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (Triple Zero) and the Vicfire dispatch service.
At present, many brigades have to use an intermediary, usually their communications officer.
‘‘What it does do is give us voice clarity to our people through the digital radio network,’’ CFA chief executive Mick Bourke said.
‘‘It gives us reach to 500 brigades who couldn’t be reached before to dispatch.
‘‘It’s a very, very important system.’’
It would also mean better safety for communities and firefighters, he said.
The system has been operating in District 12, the Mitchell and Murrindindi shires CFA area, as well as District 22 (Strathbogie) and four others, and is expected to be rolled out throughout the state by the middle of next month.
Victorian Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells also attended the launch and said the technology was world class.
A car and truck have collided at Barmah-Shepparton Rd in Bunbartha near Medland Rd. Both lanes are closed and people are asked to avoid the area.
The first preliminary final on Saturday saw the Tungamah seniors start their campaign against Waaia at the Rennie Recreation Reserve.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
THREE words were chanted in unison at Hopwood Gardens, Echuca on Thursday night — bring them here.
TRUCKS, cars and vintage machinery took over Rochester Recreation Reserve on Tuesday last week.
KYABRAM’S Margaret and Leonard Flint have come a long way since meeting in the early 1950s.
Avenel win over Nagambie to take top spot
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
YOU probably wouldn’t expect to find an intensive care nurse running an award winning hotel and brewery, but that’s exactly what you will find when you visit Tooborac.
The preparations for the 10th Cobram Swap Meet have been given a boost with a brand new line marker. The Rotary Club of Cobram, which organise the swap meet, applied for a volunteer grant from the Federal Government, from which it received $4600.
At 77 years of age, popular local golfer Paul ‘Tango’ has claimed his second hole-in-one.
Tuesday, August 16
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.