Hi-tech signs will up­date fire ad­vice

Weekend Courier - - Front Page -

THE City of Rock­ing­ham has re­placed man­u­ally-op­er­ated road­side Fire Dan­ger Rat­ing (FDR) signs with so­lar pow­ered elec­tronic signs to pro­vide rapid and crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion on bush­fire threats in the re­gion.

Four ex­ist­ing FDR signs lo­cated on Pat­ter­son Road, Rock­ing­ham, Safety Bay Road, Bal­divis, Man­durah Road, Sin­gle­ton and Mundi­jong Road, Karnup have been re­placed by the hi-tech elec­tronic fire dan­ger rat­ing (EFDR) signs. A fifth EFDR sign is po­si­tioned west­bound on Kulija Road, Bal­divis, off the Kwinana Free­way exit.

The five signs have been strate­gi­cally placed on the high­est traf­fic routes to­wards high bush­fire risk areas and more densely pop­u­lated areas.

The signs re­ceive in­stant up­dates from the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices through the mo­bile phone net­work to au­to­mat­i­cally change the fire dan­ger rat­ing dis­play.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion such as to­tal fire bans, fire­break due dates and se­vere weather warn­ings can be added to the vari­able mes­sage board to en­sure timely and lo­calised warn­ings are con­tin­u­ally avail­able, as needed.

Flash­ing bea­cons on ei­ther side of the signs will also be ac­ti­vated dur­ing emer­gen­cies or to high­light to­tal fire bans or cat­a­strophic fire rat­ings.

Rock­ing­ham mayor Barry Sam­mels said the new EFDR signs would pro­vide more ef­fi­cient and read­able in­for­ma­tion to the com­mu­nity and en­sure any change in con­di­tions was in­stantly and si­mul­ta­ne­ously dis­played on all signs.

The City is in a re­stricted burn­ing pe­riod from April 1 through to May 30.

Own­ers of ru­ral and semiru­ral prop­er­ties wish­ing to un­der­take a haz­ard re­duc­tion burn can re­quest a per­mit to burn from the City by call­ing 9528 0333 or on­line.

Rock­ing­ham mayor Barry Sam­mels and fire pre­ven­tion of­fi­cer He­len Ed­wards at the new sign on Pat­ter­son Road.

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