Donation to fund GPS system for fireys

Augusta Margaret River Times
Margaret River VolunteerFire and Rescue Service Captain Jeff Bushby and Kimberley Caravan Owners Group member Brett Archer with members James Rose, Jared Harwood, and Leith Jones, with Cheers' Chris Browner and Rita Archer.
Camera IconMargaret River VolunteerFire and Rescue Service Captain Jeff Bushby and Kimberley Caravan Owners Group member Brett Archer with members James Rose, Jared Harwood, and Leith Jones, with Cheers' Chris Browner and Rita Archer.

A live GPS tracking system will now be available to local firefighters for the first time after a generous donation from local businesses and a motoring club.

The Kimberley Karavan Owners Group recently camped in the region, and raised more than $5000 for the Margaret River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service.

Residents Brett and Rita Archer, who were integral to bringing their group to Margaret River for the first time, handed over the money this week, tipping in an extra $1300 donated directly by themselves and other businesses.

MRVFRS captain Jeff Bushby said his team welcomed the donation and was very appreciative.

“Ultimately, it will deliver better outcomes for our area and also the wider State because of the increasing call-outs,” he told the Times.

The donation will fully fund the GPS tracking system used in other brigades to co-ordinate vehicles and firefighters in the bushfire zone.

Mr Archer said it was the greatest amount raised by the caravan owners’ group, which always donated to communities it visited.

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