MOTORISTS and residents in the City of Wanneroo will be given emergency information more effectively with outdated manual fire warning signs recently upgraded.
The existing signs were replaced by eight automated ones after the City was the first local government in WA to install and trial the new technology in 2014.
The solar powered signs can be updated remotely by City staff or volunteer bushfire brigades to ensure emergency warnings are displayed immediately.
The initial trial took place at Gnangara Road in Landsdale and the intersection of Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive before a further three signs were upgraded in late 2016 at Marmion Avenue, Jindalee; Wanneroo Road, Yanchep; and Breakwater Drive, Two Rocks.
Last week, the last three signs were upgraded for $57,000 at Wanneroo Road, Carabooda; Neaves Road, Mariginiup; and corner of Neaves Road and Old Yanchep Road, Pinjar.
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the signs were highly visible and could display relevant seasonal messages.
“The introduction of electronic fire danger rating signs has revolutionised the way motorists and residents are informed during emergencies,” she said.
“They have proved to be more effective than the old manual signs as emergency warnings can be downloaded and displayed immediately, resulting in improved safety for our community, which is absolutely vital.
“With the ability for the signs to be updated remotely, it also saves valuable time for our rangers as they are no longer required to physically attend and update them daily.”
The electronic fire danger rating signs have been set up on a compatible Department of Fire and Emergency Services RSS feed, ensuring they are updated with ratings automatically.