Tablets for Bakers Hill firefighters

Donation: Gavin Petersen, Telstra branch manager Ryan Toppin, Brian ‘Bulldozer’ Haddrill, captain Ulo Rumjantsev, Alec Learner (in cab), secretary Pat Rumjantsev and chief fire officer Gary Shepherdson test the new devices from Telstra. Photo: Mark Thompson.TELSTRA donated twoelectronic tablets with a200mm screen to BakersHill Volunteer FireBrigade last Wednesdaymorning, stepping thebrigade into the 21stcentury.
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The tablets weregiven after the brigadewrote a letter appealingfor assistance in negotiatingtheir way to fireincidents without delay.

This is particularlytrue when crews have toattend an area they havenot visited before.

The tablets will especiallybe useful to memberswhen assisting atregional fires, with crewsattending the latest horrendousWaroona,Yarloop, Preston Beachand Harvey fires.

The tablets, loadedwith the latest GPSmaps, will allow firefightersaccess to weatherinformation updatesand wind changes.

Bakers Hill VolunteerFire Brigade captain UloRumjantsev said thebrigade was extremelygrateful for the donation.

“This new equipmentat a glance will helpbrigade members tolocate water points onrural and residentialroads, but also they needto know where thoseroads are in an instant attimes signage is poor inrural areas, not having tospend valuable minutessearching through prehistoricold maps whentime is of the essence inthese situations,” MrRumjantsev said.

“These units will bereplacing two archaicGPS devices with 20mmscreen and making theold paper maps somewhatredundant.

“Again our volunteerbrigade is most gratefulthat Telstra viewed ourapplication in afavourable manner.”

Mark Thompson fromTelstra said it was apleasure to help.

“Anything that canhelp them be more efficientand remain connectedis a good outcome,”Mr Thompsonsaid.

“Every secondcounts, it really is a matterof life and death.”

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