Hon Francis Logan BA (Hons) MLA

Hon Francis Logan BA (Hons) MLA

Minister for Emergency Services; Corrective Services

    $8.3 million to fund valuable airborne fire-mapping technology

    8/10/2020 2:45 PM
     
    • Budget includes investment in multispectral line scanner and high-performance aircraft
    • New line scanner and plane can provide highly valuable near real-time data for aerial fire mapping and flooding
    • Enhanced mapping can play significant role in fighting fires and ensuring firefighter safety

    A multimillion dollar investment in high-tech fire mapping capabilities will help Western Australian firefighters and communities better manage bushfires throughout the State.

     

    The State Budget includes $8.3 million for a new high-performance aircraft and multispectral line scanner that is capable of mapping a fire in just minutes.

     

    The line scanner can also determine the range of temperatures within a fire and help firefighters map where the fire is travelling and how best to deploy resources.

     

    The aircraft is capable of mapping multiple fires across the State in one journey, and providing near real-time data back to incident controllers and other support staff that will make a significant difference to fire management and community safety.

     

    The line scanner technology can also be used to map large hazards such as floods and offshore oil spills.

     

    The new line scanner and aircraft is expected to be in use for the coming bushfire season.

     

    Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:

     

    "Accurately mapping a fire and predicting where it will go can make a significant difference in getting it under control or contained as quickly as possible.

     

    "That information helps determine how best to deploy firefighters and other assets as well as how best to keep them safe and other members of the community.

     

    "The McGowan Government has committed $8.3 million to ensure that our emergency services have access to highly valuable technology that can be quickly deployed and will provide near real-time data.

     

    "Western Australia has used line scanners before with assistance from the Federal Government, but in recent years that support has not been readily forthcoming so the McGowan Government has stepped in to provide better certainty for our emergency services."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6300