Firefighters are being forced to use street directories instead of quicker sat nav systems.
Firefighters are being forced to use street directories instead of quicker sat nav systems.

No GPS help for firefighters

FIREFIGHTERS on both sides of the border are using street directories when responding to calls because trucks have not been fitted with GPSs.

One Gold Coast firefighter said at night he often was in the back seat of a truck with a street directory and a flashlight giving directions to the driver.

Tweed firefighters have similar issues with no policies to ensure GPSs were on trucks.

Northern Rivers zone commander Superintendent Chris Boyd said there were discussions about putting GPSs in vehicles.

"At the moment there is no standard to have onboard GPS," Supt Boyd said.

"We do have GPS available for officers of the zone to get to incidences.

"Anyone can go out and buy a GPS to use."

Queensland Fire Service was unavailable for comment.



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