Adventurer Level Campcraft Journey
EPRIB'sSydney North has four Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) available for hire by Scouts in our Region. They are an excellent safety measure when undertaking a journey whether it on land, water or snow.
For your Adventurer Level Campcraft Journey it is mandatory that you take an EPIRB with you, no exceptions, and that you understand what it is for and when to use it.
What is the hire cost and who do I contact?Contact Region Office during normal office hours, 02 9411 4088. The cost is $20 dollars for a weekend hire and $40 for four days.
Should there be no EPRIBs available at Region Office, contact the Regional Commissioner for Scouts.
When should an EPRIB be activated?Your must be aware that an EPIRB should only be activated in the direst of circumstances, for example:
When should an EPRIB be NOT be activated?
What happens when an EPIRB is activated?Activating an EPRIB sends out a signal that will be picked up by passing aircraft and relayed to the Emergency Services Centre in Canberra. They in turn set in motion the appropriate rescue services (police, ambulance, helicopters etc) to locate the beacon and undertake any rescue or retrieval action.
Consequently EPIRBs should be treated with the utmost respect – their incorrect or inadvertent use will result in unnecessary call-out personnel at substantial cost to the community.
After activationThe EPRIB must then be sent to Victoria for re-charging and your Group will be billed for the re-charge cost – around $80-$100 dollars.
Lost EPIRBsIf an EPIRBs is lost, the replacement cost, currently around $200 dollars, will be billed to your Group.
The final word on EPIRBsWhile taking an EPRIB is an excellent safety measure, they are not a substitute for good planning, good meals, good leadership, and for carrying the right equipment.