Doors to open at SurfCom

The nerve centre for any on-beach emergency is the State Operations Centre, and this Saturday members of the public are invited for a rare glimpse behind the scenes at these important communications facilities, located on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

The open day to be held at the State Operations Centre in Belrose, and SurfCom Warringah aims to give people a genuine feel for the challenges and excitement of surf lifesaving, from how surf clubs sign-on for patrols, to how our SurfCom operators handle complex multi-agency rescues.

At just 18-years-of-age, Jackson Towns is one of the youngest volunteers at SurfCom, having clocked up over 300 hours as an operator since becoming involved in 2012.

The youngster views it as a natural fit for helping people, saying he joined the organisation after hearing their work on the radio while undertaking beach patrol.

“If you’re interested in SurfCom, you should definitely attend the SurfCom open day. This will give you a great insight into what SurfCom does on a regular basis and how we deal with incidents across NSW,” Jackson Towns said.

“As a new SurfCom Supervisor, I have had the pleasure of working with and training new SurfCom operators this season.

“I would encourage anyone to sign up and give it a go! You have nothing to lose and I assure you it’s an enjoyable experience and such a great team to be involved with.”

The 2013/14 season was a busy one for the volunteer team from SurfCom, who dealt with situations ranging from stubbed toes, spinal injuries, missing persons to full scale search and rescue operations.

NSW Lifesaving Manager Andy Kent praised the SurfCom team for their communication contributions to operations.

“While the action is being played out on the beach by the lifesavers, lifeguards, and other first responders, the State Operations Centre plays a significant supportive role ensuring that everyone involved in lifesaving operations receives the most appropriate assistance and external agencies are kept in the loop. The SurfCom operators really work hard, ”Andy Kent said.

“SurfCom coordinated the dispatch of over 400 ambulances to NSW beaches last year and also took 469 requests for assistance from NSW Police.

“The team made over 10 000 individual radio calls to patrols during the season, ensuring our frontline volunteer lifesavers on the beach are monitored and supported.”

The State Operations Centre provides communication support between Surf Life Saving clubs, Support Operations, Rescue Helicopters, Lifeguard services, local authorities, Police, Ambulance, Fire and other emergency services.

Open Day Details:

The SLSNSW State Operations Centre:
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Address: 3 Narabang Way, Belrose 2085

SurfCom Warringah:
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Address: Fisherman’s Beach, Off Anzac Ave, Collaroy, 2097

Become Involved:

SurfCom is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers and you could be one of them.If you feel inspired to find out more about our team be sure to check out the SLSNSW Get Involved page.

Thu 27 Nov 2014