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Beachgoers who require emergency assistance will now be able to promptly guide responding services to their specific location, following the Shire’s installation of 24 Beach Emergency Number (BEN) signs.
The code on each BEN signs is a unique location identifier that corresponds to data available on systems used by emergency services.   
Shire of Augusta Margaret Coordinator Environment Landcare Services John McKinney said 11 other local governments have so far participated in the State-supported project, that is designed to save lives by improving response times.
“In the event of an emergency, dial 000 and quote the unique code and specific location information,” he said.
“Where possible, the caller should wait at the beach access point until emergency service crews arrive.
“BEN signs can also be referred to when reporting shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600. 
“This will enable relevant local authorities to act quickly and implement beach closures with accurate beach location information.”
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is also installing signs on State-managed foreshore in the Local Government Area, bringing the total number of local BEN sign installations to 48. Over 1,100 signs will be installed across the metropolitan and south west region.
More information about the BEN system is available at
https://www.sharksmart.com.au/staying-safe/beach-emergency-numbers/

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