Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) technology project rollout
Made possible by $12.34 million in Royalties for Regions program funding
700 appliances operating in high-risk bushfire areas to have AVL by December 1, 2016
Rollout is part of $15.4 million crew protection project
The safety of fire crews is being enhanced with the installation of Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) technology, which will increase the visibility of firefighting vehicles during large-scale bushfires.
Inspecting a demonstration of the AVL system today, Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the project was part of the Liberal National Government's $15.4 million crew protection program, designed to protect volunteer and career firefighters who worked on the frontline.
"Bushfires are extremely unpredictable and dynamic, and all it can take is a sudden wind change for firefighters to find themselves in danger," Mr Francis said.
"AVL technology means the incident controller will know the exact location of vehicles on the fire ground, improving crew co-ordination and management.
"The system also enables firefighters to activate an emergency distress alarm."
AVL will be installed on 700 Department of Fire and Emergency Services and local government firefighting appliances operating in high-risk bushfire areas by December 1, 2016.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the rollout of the AVL system in regional areas was made possible by $12.34 million in State Government Royalties for Regions program funding.
"Fighting fires is dangerous work - making that work safer is part of the Liberal National Government's commitment to support the thousands of firefighters who help protect our communities each bushfire season," Mr Redman said.
"With the bushfire season approaching, the investment in AVL technology will help to keep our firefighters safer as they protect our communities."
Under the crew protection project, nearly 1,230 firefighting appliances have been fitted with radiant heat shields and 3,700 burnover blankets installed
Work is also underway to install 980 water deluge and in-cab air breathing systems, lagging and panels to protect vital equipment such as vehicle wiring, water and fuel lines
Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6500
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700