New Beach Emergency Numbers Signage Installed
Date07 April 2021
Beachgoers are able to precisely direct emergency services to more local beaches after the City of Rockingham installed a further 42 Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) signs along the coastline.
The BEN coding system is named in honour of fatal shark bite victim Ben Gerring and is designed to improve emergency response times at beaches by installing signs with unique numbers at beach access points.
In an emergency, users call 000 and refer the code on their nearest sign to emergency crews so they can be found as quickly as possible.
The City first installed BEN signs at local beaches in mid-2019 and the latest additions across the City means there are now 121 signs installed at locations from East Rockingham down to Singleton, as well on Garden Island.
The BEN signage is part of a state wide system with more than 1,200 signs installed so far across Western Australia.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said BEN signage played a vital role in assisting first responders during emergencies.
“Thanks to funding from the State Government through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, the City has installed additional signs at new sites chosen for their level of risk, water use, popularity and proximity to other signs,” Mayor Sammels said.
In an emergency situation, quoting the information on the nearest BEN sign will help emergency services accurately pinpoint the location of an emergency. Whenever community members visit the beach the City encourages them take note of the closest BEN sign location and information.
The location of BEN signs across the City of Rockingham and WA can be found via Beach Emergency Numbers.
Image: New BEN signage will help emergency services accurately pinpoint where support is needed at the City's beaches. Picture: City of Rockingham.