Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 at 11:28
Agree what you posted Garry, these rescues are in fact what our emergency services
train for, get paid for on standby, etc.
If people were setting them off too incorrectly, too often, I'm sure there would be some sort of extra measures brought in to help counter this.
As a bushwalker of over 25 years I have read of some shocking cases of people setting PLBs off in non critical circumstances, but really recall only 2 bad cases (one was blisters, another fatigue !!).
As PLBs and Epirbs need to be registered with AMSA, what people SHOULD do before trips is login and upload your trip details to the AMSA website, so that all relevant info is at hand for their needs should you have a situation requiring you to activate a beacon
I usually make a concise, simple one page document (pdf) and upload before any major trip, bushwalking or 4WDing.
Trip dates, route plan with estimated daily stops, number in party, any group vehicle details you care to add, your emergency contacts.
As they get a PLB activation, they check your particular file there for any info uploaded, and can check faster with contacts, see instantly that yes you planned to be somewhere, etc.
You can even upload pics of your vehicle there so they know what they are looking for !!
It is really a great site if used in the best way for peoples travels.
We even used it for a recent NZ bushwalking trip where we spent a month doing various walks on the south island, it will work in Australia
and NZ as effectively through AMSA.