NERRIGUNDAH Fire Brigade has been successful in gaining a grant from Narooma Golf Club through the ClubGrants NSW Grant Scheme to fund its Satellite Internet Access and Communications Project.
The Brigade sought to advance its use of technology by accessing high speed Internet services and mobile phone capability via satellite technology, this being the only available realistic solution due to Nerrigundah's geographic location.
As well as accessing Internet information the brigade also sought to provide timely information to the local community and had already established its own website at www.nerrigundah.rfsa.org.au for this purpose.
The brigade wanted to have reliable communications available from the fire-front for both official and family contact in times of large scale fires or from "anywhere" in times of other emergencies.
While fire appliances are equipped with radios for official communication with the Fire Control Centre, personal contact with those left behind is also desirable and having a satellite phone will enable this.
The grant funding will provide installation of a satellite dish on the fire shed, a directional Wi-Fi antenna for Internet connectivity at a nearby community building and a satellite phone that can be shared with other brigades at large scale fires.
Nerrigundah Brigade extends its thanks to Moruya Fire Control Centre for supporting its grant application and to Narooma Golf Club for awarding the grant through ClubGrants NSW.