A new incident management support vehicle, complete with the latest communications and satellite technology was formally commissioned by DFES as an operational appliance at a launch on Thursday 27 July 2017.
Known as the Communication Support Vehicle (CSV), the appliance’s primary communications equipment is independent of land based telecommunications infrastructure. This enables it to provide communications to emergency services personnel or communities in isolated locations or where mobile networks are congested or not available.
The CSV is a long-wheel based van which provides an internal office space with two workstations and a complete suite of real-time mapping and incident management systems. It also has an independent power supply, and is interoperable with WA Police and other response agencies. Most notably, the satellite communications capability provides the required bandwidth for real-time streaming of vision from the incident site, which can be viewed at operations centres across the State. The CSV has already been put to good use at many incidents across WA including a bushfire in Upper Swan Valley in January, and multiple land searches in May and June.