BEACH EMERGENCY NUMBERS INSTALLED ALONG LOCAL BEACHES

Published: Friday, 6 September 2019 at 3:42:08 PM

If you are at one of our beaches and an emergency occurs you’ll now be able to help guide emergency crews to your exact location after the Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) system was introduced.

The system is named in honour of Ben Gerring who was a victim of a fatal shark attack, and is a coding system that is designed to improve emergency response times at beaches by installing signs with unique numbers at beach access points.

A total of 29 signs have been installed in the Shire of Dandaragan, there being 13 signs on beaches within the townsite of Jurien Bay, 7 in Cervantes and 9 signs along coastline from Sandy Cape to Wedge Island . All signs are now installed and form part of a network that runs between Geraldton and Esperance.

The Shire worked with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Department of Transport to ensure that signage covered all popular beaches with emergency vehicle access across the Shire. We thank the
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and the State Government for their funding and support to rolling out the project.

The location of Statewide BEN Signs can be viewed online by ticking the BEN Sign option from the drop-down legend on the Sharksmart Mapping Program, which is available from the following link: https://www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity/

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