Do­na­tion to fund GPS sys­tem for fireys

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters -

A live GPS track­ing sys­tem will now be avail­able to lo­cal fire­fight­ers for the first time af­ter a gen­er­ous do­na­tion from lo­cal busi­nesses and a motoring club.

The Kim­ber­ley Kar­a­van Own­ers Group re­cently camped in the re­gion, and raised more than $5000 for the Mar­garet River Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

Res­i­dents Brett and Rita Archer, who were in­te­gral to bring­ing their group to Mar­garet River for the first time, handed over the money this week, tip­ping in an ex­tra $1300 do­nated di­rectly by them­selves and other busi­nesses.

MRVFRS cap­tain Jeff Bushby said his team wel­comed the do­na­tion and was very ap­pre­cia­tive.

“Ul­ti­mately, it will de­liver bet­ter out­comes for our area and also the wider State be­cause of the in­creas­ing call-outs,” he told the Times.

The do­na­tion will fully fund the GPS track­ing sys­tem used in other brigades to co-or­di­nate ve­hi­cles and fire­fight­ers in the bush­fire zone.

Mr Archer said it was the great­est amount raised by the car­a­van own­ers’ group, which al­ways do­nated to com­mu­ni­ties it vis­ited.

Cen­tre, Mar­garet River Vol­un­teer Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Cap­tain Jeff Bushby and Kim­ber­ley Kar­a­van Own­ers Group mem­ber Brett Archer, with, from left, fire­fighter James Rose, club mem­bers Jared Har­wood, and Leith Jones, and Cheers' Chris Browner and Rita Archer.

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