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Personal Locator Beacon

The club has 2 Personal Locator Beacons (PLB) for use by leaders on walks.

Tony Hickson (email bushclubwebmaster@gmail.com) and Graham Conden (0418 647 951) are custodians of the PLBs. You can contact them at any time to borrow one. A distress beacon only says to emergency services ‘I need help’ and ‘here is my GPS location’.

When you borrow it you will need to do the following:

  • Pick it up from Tony (Chatswood) or Graham (Marsfield). Sign the form to show you understand the terms of use.
  • Contact the 3 Bush Club members who are the contacts for the rescue authority: Graham Conden, Tony Hickson and Colin Reid and advise them of your planned route, dates and party members if known. This information will be passed on the Search & Rescue people only if and when it is requested. There is no collection of data.
  • Return the unit as soon as possible after the walk so it can be used by other parties.

Note that a PLB is to be used only in life threatening situations, as a last resort.

You should always try to contact emergency services via your mobile phone and “triple zero”¬†. ¬†Emergency services will have a better idea of how to respond to your incident / injuries if you can contact them via your mobile phone.

For information on the system and excellent guidelines on when and how to use the PLB (click here) . This file was prepared for users of the Bibbulmum Track in WA.

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