Mount Isa Police see prototype of a new search beacon

Mount Isa District Disaster Manager Senior Sergeant Jeff Magnus and Inspector Rolf Straatemeier present the prototype beacon to officers.
Mount Isa District Disaster Manager Senior Sergeant Jeff Magnus and Inspector Rolf Straatemeier present the prototype beacon to officers.

On February 1, Mount Isa Police were presented with a display of the new beacon, to assist search and rescue operations to locate lost people.

Mount Isa District Disaster Manager, Senior Sergeant Jeff Magnus, presented the prototype of a ‘Land Search and Rescue Beacon’ a device that uses light, sound, and colour, to attract missing persons and increase their chances of survival and rescue.

The beacon is equipped with a low decibel siren, water proof radio, high visibility light, EPIRB, and Spot Tracker.

Senior Sergeant Jeff Magnus said the beacons can assist land search and rescue teams to cover a greater area where a person was last seen.

“They are equipped with food and first aid kit, you can tailor them for missing children, you put out multiple beacons to cover an area where the person was last seen, delivered to an area by vehicle, or from the air,” he said.

The prototype has been a joint project between police and the SES. The team are aiming to have them by September.