With the help of a Federal Government grant, two generator sets from Olympian Generators were recently installed at Wagga Wagga based community radio station, 2AAA FM.
The tragic loss of life and damage to property caused by bushfires and natural disasters in recent years led to a rethink by State and Federal governments on how best to keep rural and remote communities up to date with critical emergency service warnings and information.
The Federal Government Agency - Emergency Management Australia (EMA) was tasked with coordinating governmental response to emergency incidents and implement fail-safe
emergency management capabilities throughout the country.
As part of the strategy Government grants were made available to community groups to assist with the upgrading of communications infrastructure with items such as power generators to ensure that in the event of a mains power outage during storms, fire and other natural disasters communication of vital information could be maintained with residents in the effected
Wagga Wagga based community radio station 2AAA FM responded to their local listeners concerns and applied to EMA in 2007 for a grant to install two emergency power generators.
2AAA’s Operations Manager, Chris Jacobson says, “RIC Electrics recommended two Olympian generator sets on the basis that they were proven performers, represented exceptional value for money and were backed by the national Caterpillar network – so we’d always have access to local service and parts if required.
“The project included the manufacture and installation of a new distribution board at the studio and extensive rewiring of the switching equipment at the broadcast tower, all of which was completed within 6 weeks – which in part was made possible by Energy Power Systems being able to supply the Olympian generators from stock.
“The project was not as straight forward as most when you take into account that the studio was located in a residential area and we recommended installing the bigger genset outside the building, plus the extensive documentation required to comply with the grant.
“On the noise front, we had to be certain that the Olympian’s attenuated sound enclosure was up to the task, and 12 months on they have performed brilliantly with no complaints received from neighbours,” Chris said.