Res­cue ser­vice soars

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

WITH more than 700 res­cues per­formed ev­ery year, Fre­man­tle Vol­un­teer Sea Res­cue (FSR) is one of the busiest in Aus­tralia.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ceives more than 30,000 marine ra­dio calls a year and, with lives of­ten on the line, its new Can­ton­ment Hill sig­nal sta­tion home has en­abled it to build re­sources, em­brace new tech­nol­ogy and ul­ti­mately be­come more ef­fi­cient in res­cues.

FSR’s Mark Zu­vela said the new home had of­fered the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s 115 vol­un­teers re­sources that were not pos­si­ble at the old Fish­ing Boat Har­bour base.

“FSR has gone from prob­a­bly hav­ing the worst ra­dio tower in WA to the best in Aus­tralia,” he said.

“We now have a pur­pose­built marine op­er­a­tions build­ing with un­ob­structed views of the wa­ters we cover, greater el­e­va­tion for our an­ten­nas and ra­dio equip­ment with 50 per cent greater VHF and 27MHz ra­dio cov­er­age off­shore, up and down the coast and in the Swan and Can­ning rivers.

“The tech­nolo­gies we have em­ployed at the Can­ton­ment Hill Marine Op­er­a­tions build­ing have made it eas­ier for our vol­un­teers to lis­ten, re­spond and record all calls that we re­ceive and trans­mit, mean­ing no calls are missed and in­creas­ing our re­li­a­bil­ity and 24/7 cov­er­age and op­er­a­tions.

“We be­lieve it’s not only im­por­tant to keep up with new tech­nolo­gies but to em­brace it – FSR con­stantly strives to be at the lead­ing edge and we hope to lead by ex­am­ple.”

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is of­fer­ing naming rights for two new state-of-the-art res­cue boats and is look­ing for busi­ness spon­sor­ship to help cover costs of life­sav­ing equip­ment and day-to-day op­er­a­tions.

Visit www.sear­es­cue.com. au for more in­for­ma­tion.

Ra­dio op­er­a­tor Ian Fry keeps an eye on the wa­ter as well as in­for­ma­tion on the com­puter.

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