TESTING, ONE, TWO: SES Volunteer Alan Beaver radios Rural Fire Brigade volunteers Adam Avery, Cameron Young and Jonathon Rock.
TESTING, ONE, TWO: SES Volunteer Alan Beaver radios Rural Fire Brigade volunteers Adam Avery, Cameron Young and Jonathon Rock. Kirstin Payne

Emergency crews make the change to digital radios

THE age of the digital radio has finally arrived at the door step of the emergency services of Warwick.

More than 80 members of the rural fire brigade, SES and urban fire brigade tested capabilities of the digital radio at the weekend in their first joint operation since the emergency services restructure late last year.

"The exercise is about testing the Ergon network in known black spots; we are also hoping to gauge the capacity of the radio system to test the amount of traffic it can take in an emergency," Rural fire service Queensland acting Superintendent Tony Johnstone said.

If the new digital system proves capable, a submission for funding for the change will be made later in the year.

"This system allows us to really improve the reliability of our communications," Mr Johnstone said.

"We can call specifically between trucks, make a telephone call to fire com and have GPS tracking on all of our appliances; there really are a lot of benefits."

Along with the practical component of the training, the crews enjoyed a chance to train together in what they call a "big and little sister relationship".

"There are less of us so I guess we are the cheeky little sister,' Warwick SES volunteer Alan Beaver laughed.



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