Eldorado on alert for fire emergency

Mock exercise for state radio trial

A NEW radio frequency of 90.5PM will be set up in Eldorado tomorrow ahead of Friday’s world-first bushfire warning trial.

Locals can tune into the new station to hear music playing from tomorrow afternoon before the Fire Services Commissioner overrides the signal for listeners within 10 kilometres of Eldorado from 5pm Friday to broadcast mock emergency messages.

The introduction of the Global Frequency Warning (GFW) system to one of Wangaratta’s most isolated towns could change the way all Victorians are warned of emergencies in the future.

Emergency Warning Systems director, Geoff Drucker, said Edge FM and ABC Radio had originally agreed to participate in the trial and allow the Fire Services Commissioner to override their normal signal and broadcast the message, but this was not allowed under Australian Media and Communications Authority rules.

Mr Drucker will arrive in Eldorado tomorrow to start setting up the trial.

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