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Personal Locator Beacon

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

Tony Hickson (email 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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