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Monday, March 1, 2021

Public Safety Network expansion to support emergency services

It’s something we may not often think about, but the Public Safety Network or PSN, is vital to our emergency services.

It’s a wireless communications network used by police, fire and emergency medical services to respond to incidents, and Port Stephens’ local network has expanded with the completion of an emergency communications site at Gan Gan Hill. 

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Catherine Cusack said the upgrade is vital to the ongoing safety of the community.

“The expansion covers most of the Tomaree Peninsula and across to Hawks Nest,” she said.

 “Public Safety Network sites provide emergency services organisations with a single, integrated network on which to communicate – it’s technology that saves lives.

“By expanding the footprint of this critical infrastructure, we are ensuring that frontline responders have a more reliable network to help keep people and places safe.

 “These sites were crucial in protecting communities and supporting the Rural Fire Service, Police, Fire and Rescue, Ambulance and the State Emergency Service during the 2019-20 bushfires in NSW.”

Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said the expansion was the biggest investment in critical communications infrastructure by the NSW Government in two decades.

 “During an emergency every second counts,” he said.

“The new radio site in the Nelson Bay area will make it easier for our local emergency services to communicate when it matters most.”