New emergency marker system to roll out

When it comes to emergency situations, time is of the essence, and precise location data is a critical piece of information for emergency responders. 

Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) emergency markers pinpoint your exact location during an emergency in public open spaces or hard-to-define places during an emergency. 

These Emergency Markers have a green background and white text, and can be your gateway to help in an emergency. By quoting the unique six-character alpha-numeric code displayed on the emergency marker, you can equip emergency call receivers with clear, unambiguous directional information.

In coming weeks, Barwon Coast will be installing the first of these new, green emergency markers at 60 locations between Collendina and Breamlea. 

This is the first stage of the project to replace the yellow beach location signs over the next couple of years.

The existing yellow beach location signs, such as 36W, are well-known locally but are not linked on the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) CAD system, meaning that often the information cannot be used by Triple Zero call operators

While Barwon Coast understands the history and community connection to the yellow beach location signs, safety is of paramount importance, and the new emergency markers will save our emergency responders time trying to locate you.

We will keep the community updated about the project, including when emergency marker locations go live, on our project web page and social media.