Emergency services teams embrace tech
■ New technology installed in Exmouth’s SES building will aid emergency response teams in the town during the upcoming cyclone season.
The See on Screen project, or SOS, includes the purchase of two 70-inch high-definition LCD screens, which have been connected to existing hardware in the centre.
These screens replace the previous white boards that were used to display critical information in an emergency situation.
Exmouth SES local manager Russell Levien said in an emergency, timely access to information was critical for decision making.
“The old system relied on manually updating situation boards with hand-written notes and printed maps and charts, which can be overtaken by events in an emergency,” he said.
Mr Levien said the new displays would ensure emergency responders had up-to-date information to make the right decisions at the right time.
While the centre is primarily used by Exmouth SES, other emergency response agencies in the town also share the centre, including Exmouth Bush Fire Brigade, Exmouth Local Emergency Management Committee, DFES, the Red Cross and the Department of Child Protection and Family Services.
In the past year, the town’s emergency services have responded to 10 incidents including two cyclones.
Shire of Exmouth executive manager Rhassel Mhasho said the new technology would help the emergency response in the town improve on lessons learnt from previous cyclone events.
“The screens will help the volunteers with communication to people outside the town, such as in video conferencing,” he said.
Exmouth SES members are celebrating the installation of new technology to aid their efforts in an emergency.