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Overall, it means that we will be addressing many of the existing communications black and brown spots in and around SLSWA serviced areas, as well as providing a GPS tracking capability for each device in WA.
This will not only keep our lifesavers and lifeguards safer – but beachgoers as well. It also means that WA will be at the forefront of coastal safety communications in Australia.
Specifically, this upgrade will:
- Allow direct communications between our surf communications centre SurfCom, surf lifesavers, lifeguards, helicopters, jet-skis, inflatable rescue boats, four-wheel drives and all-terrain vehicles for the very first time.
- Provide streamlined communications between our lifesavers via SurfCom with other emergency services including the Water Police, Volunteer Marine Rescue, and other marine authorities.
- Eliminate radio interference present on the current analogue system.
- Allow each lifesaver and lifeguard with a communications device to be easily tracked by SurfCom – this is especially crucial during emergency response or rescue missions when lifesavers are deployed on jet skis, IRBs or helicopters. SurfCom currently has no way of knowing where they are if lifesavers cannot respond to radio calls.
- Improve the range of coverage in which lifesavers and lifeguards can communicate.
- Increase the availability and reliability of the communications network for our lifesavers and lifeguards.
- Increase the central awareness of lifesavers and lifeguards in difficult situations.
- Enable the voice coverage area of the communications system to extend in line with population growth.
Our lifesavers and lifeguards being able to communicate more effectively means that they can respond to emergencies, take action and perform rescues more efficiently and safely – hence making WA beach-goers safer.