Eleven BEN signs installed at Swanbourne Beach

(L to R) City of Nedlands Ranger Jessica Bruce and Parks Supervisor Irrigation Nathan Deery with the BEN signs.
(L to R) City of Nedlands Ranger Jessica Bruce and Parks Supervisor Irrigation Nathan Deery with the BEN signs.

ELEVEN Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) signs have been installed at Swanbourne beach after the City of Nedlands received $3500 in funding from the State Government.

The BEN system, named in honour of shark bite victim Ben Gerring, is a coding system that aims to improve emergency response times by installing signs with unique codes at public beach access points.

The signs have been placed along Swanbourne Beach, with two positioned on Department of Defence land, and the rest all the way up to the Nedlands and Cambridge boundary.

City of Nedlands chief executive Greg Trevaskis said the signs provided specific location information, vital when emergency services are deployed in the event of a shark sighting, attack or other beach emergencies.

“Each BEN sign has a unique code based on an area prefix followed by a one to four-digit number,” he said.

“The official location, address, suburb and nearest intersection are also on each sign and this information is integrated into computer-aided dispatch systems used by emergency services.

“In the event of an emergency, people dial 000 and quote the unique code and other sign-specific information.

“Where possible, the person waits at the BEN sign until emergency service crews arrive.”

For more details on where BEN signs are installed, visit the shark activity map at www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity.