A Telstra-led consortium with Tait Communications and AA Radio is working to help make Victoria's firefighters safer.
Six-thousand new radios are being installed in firefighting vehicles, aircraft, incident control centres, fire towers and work centres throughout Victoria, Australia.
The US$22.9 million project is being led by the Department of Primary Industries and Environment (DEPI).
Victoria's Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith commented: "Communications are a crucial part of effective bushfire response. Upgrading communications infrastructure enhances the capability of our emergency services to protect communities and firefighting personnel from bushfire.
"Each radio unit will be equipped with a GPS tracking system enabling incident managers to track the location of vehicles and firefighters in real time—improving fire-ground operations, logistics and firefighter safety," said Mr Smith.
"The new radios are also compatible with CFA systems along with those of the SES and our neighbouring states, which will simplify communications between the firefighting agencies when they are working together on the fireground."
Two-thousand radios are expected to be installed during the next six months, with the remainder scheduled for installation ahead of the 2014/15 fire season.
Mr Smith said the replacement of the radios addressed, in part, recommendation 22 from the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission. The recommendation calls for standardisation of information and communications systems within DEPI and the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
"I'm proud of the progress the Coalition Government has made in preparing the state for bushfires. There has been a lot of hard work done in response to the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, including projects such as this," said Mr Smith.
"We're committed to reducing the risk of bushfires and making Victorians safer."
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