Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    New technology rollout to better protect firefighters

    7/10/2016 12:00 PM
    • 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."


    Fact File

    • 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


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