Emer­gency ser­vices teams em­brace tech

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Bran­wen Smith

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Bran­wen Smith

Ex­mouth SES mem­bers are cel­e­brat­ing the in­stal­la­tion of new tech­nol­ogy to aid their ef­forts in an emer­gency.

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