Radio message creating waves

Delivery of safety tips to remote areas

TUNED IN: (From left) District 23 acting operations manager, Paul Horton, Fire Services Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, and Eldorado Fire Brigade captain Peter Brick listen to a mock emergency radio warning on Friday. PHOTO: Shana Morgan

A SUCCESSFUL trial of emergency radio warnings in one of Wangaratta’s most isolated towns has opened doors to improving communication in everything from bushfires to road crashes.

But emergency services have warned this reality could still be a way off as the trial was only one step in a long process to have the technology approved and funded by the Federal Government.

Representatives from the Country Fire Authority (CFA), Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, State Emergency Service and Rural City of Wangaratta were in Eldorado on Friday evening to witness the trial that has been about 14 months in the planning.

Numerous mock emergency messages were sent out on 90.5FM over an hour to residents listening within 500-metre, two-kilometre and 10km radiuses.

Fire Services Commissioner, Craig Lapsley, and CFA representatives immediately spoke to residents at a community barbecue following the trial and will continue with surveys and focus groups over the coming weeks.

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