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Beach Emergency Numbering signs

​Examples of how the front and rear of the new Beach Emergency Numbering (BEN) signage will appear.

Saturday 16 December 2017

Beach Emergency Numbers grant applications open

Applications have been opened to metropolitan councils for Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) signage, which will provide beachgoers with location information to help emergency services to respond to serious incidents.

The BEN signs are part of the State Government’s commitment to strengthen emergency measures, following the fatal shark bite incident at Falcon in 2016 that claimed the life of Ben Gerring.

Mr Gerring’s brother Rick put forward the idea after concerns about possible delays in attending emergency services trying to locate the closest beach access point to the incident.

The locations of the uniquely coded signs will be recorded with emergency services and also include the street address and nearest cross street.

Funding of up to $25,000 has been committed for metropolitan councils along the Perth coast for BEN signage to be installed at beaches. Details regarding funding for regional councils will be announced this week.

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