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Mobile operations trucks boost bushfire communications

One of the new mobile communications vehicles
One of the new mobile communications vehicles WA Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has developed two high-tech mobile communications vehicles to assist with bushfire management, particularly in remote locations.

The trucks are fitted with internet capability and telephones powered by a rooftop satellite dish, computer screens delivering weather, mapping, emails and other information, VHF radios and a printer for essential colour maps.

Regional fire services coordinator Murray Mitchell said the vehicles had been designed and fitted out by departmental staff to replace two ageing and less-equipped mobile control point buses.

“The need for optimum communications during bushfires is paramount and these new trucks give us greater flexibility and operational support for firefighters than the old buses,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Increased communications capability is a significant benefit, with many of the bushfires we respond to occurring in remote or regional locations.”

Both vehicles are designed to seat four people, and contain whiteboards and storage for administrative items.

Mr Mitchell said the communications trucks were completed in time for use during the 2016-17 bushfire season.

“We have one truck deployed in the Perth Hills and the second based at Manjimup in the southern forests, where they will most be used,” he said.

“Of course, during larger incidents or when requested, we can move them through the State where the greatest need is.”

The vehicles’ development brought together Parks and Wildlife fire practitioners, fleet designers and IT specialists to deliver a fit-for-purpose product.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:52