5 August 2016
Safety Technology to Improve Emergency Response Time
- Emergency phone for regional mobile black spot
- Funding provided by Colin Holt, Minister for Housing, Racing and Gaming
- Personal responsibility remains best safety precaution
- Educational and awareness campaigns are essential to behaviour change
The Albany community recently received a boost for fishing safety, with the instalment of an emergency telephone at Albany’s notorious rock fishing location, Salmon Holes.
The Minister for Housing, Racing and Gaming Colin Holt, received a recommendation from the Gaming Community Trust to fund and install an emergency telephone at the well-known high risk fishing location.
Recfishwest Chief Executive Officer Dr Andrew Rowland said the support from the Government to improve public safety should be commended and as the recipient of the grant, Recfishwest were more than happy to assist in delivering improved safety outcomes.
“This telephone runs on a 3G network in a location with limited to no service. It will provide access to emergency services in a reduced time and complements existing safety infrastructure in a continued effort to keep fishers safe in Albany,” Dr Rowland said.
‘’While the emergency phone is a welcomed addition to the state-wide Rock Fishing Safety Strategy, Recfishwest still urges fishers to not become complacent as personal safety is always an individual’s responsibility when fishing.’’
The ongoing commitment from Albany’s Department of Parks and Wildlife, local Police, Albany Sea Rescue, Department of Fisheries, Albany Offshore Boating and Fishing Club, the City of Albany, the Life Jacket Loan stores and local volunteers to drive positive change in their local community has been fantastic.
It is as simple as following these safety steps:
- Know the conditions
- Wear a life jacket
- Wear the correct footwear
- Wear suitable clothing
- Know how to swim
For more on Rock Fishing Safety, visit http://recfishwest.org.au/rock-fishing-safety/
Media Contact: Tim Grose 9246 3366,