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Emergency comunication on trips

posted Sep 19, 2010 07:31:46 by Swaggman
Does anyone have any suggestions or personal experience to help us decide witch communication system would be more reliable and affordable to take with us on trips in case of emergency.
The options proposed are: E-perb; satellite phone; HF radio
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Woolieonce said Sep 20, 2010 06:15:43
No personal experience but I would suggest that for most situations an e-perb would suffice.
This to be owned by club and taken on all off road trips.
Re the satellite phone. Perhaps we should look at cost of hiring for expeditions like the Simpson Desert
Swaggman said Sep 21, 2010 14:00:58
I think we should talk with someone in emergency services to get their opinion regarding which communication system they regard more reliable and effective.

As a first Aider there's not much else you can do besides keeping people safe and alive until professional help arrives.

Probably the e-Perb would be sufficient in most cases as you say.

I had a situation with a passenger of mine who fell on her back and hit the back of her head on the rock. She passed out then she came back and after a few minutes she got up
Her friends told me that she occasionally fainted.
We got her in the bus and on the way back she vomited and fainted again. luckily I had phone reception then and the emergency services told me to stay put and wait for the ambulance (rather then me driving to meet the ambulance half way), because that could make her feel worse, and if I remember rightly they also advised not to give her water to drink.

The fact that I had someone on the other side of the line stopped me from making a mistake.
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wacchambers said Sep 26, 2010 21:19:33
I agree with the eperb, we travel a lot in the bush and I have an eperb permanently in the Disco, it is the quickest way to get help in an emergency. Sat phones are OK but very expensive to buy and to use. The idea of renting one for big trips is a good idea.

Bill C
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