Hema maps to go on Safari with MSR

Australian company, Hema Maps, have joined forces with Motorsport Safety & Rescue (MSR) as they embark on the Australasian Safari, a 7-day, 3600 kilometre epic through the Western Australian outback.

Hema’s sponsorship is a major boost to MSR heading into what is their most logistically difficult event of the year.

“Hema will be providing the two incident control vehicles with GPS units which will include an overlay of the course. The benefits of this system is that it gives the staff in these vehicles a huge advantage when planning resource deployment to an incident,” MSR’s Geoff Becker said.

Hema will supply satellite navigation units for the incident control vehicle, the event command centre and all FIV vehicles, which will assist the MSR crews in the event of an on-event incident.

Thanks to Hema, the navigation units will utilise the latest software that will give the most detailed information and maps available.

As the supplier of maps to most of the leading satellite navigation devices, Hema is at the forefront of their field, and with subsidiaries in the United States and New Zealand, their reputation is unquestionable.

“We’re extremely pleased to have joined forces with Hema Maps,” Becker added. “Given the outback locations and the remote and diverse areas that the Australasian Safari travels through, teaming up with Hema will help us to provide the best medical response service possible.”

The Safari leaves the Western Australian capital of Perth on August 1 and travels through the outback, stopping in Geraldton, Mt Magnet, Leonora and Laverton. The field of 85 cars, motorbikes and quad bikes will finish in Kalgoorlie on August 8.

MSR will utilise five First Intervention Vehicles on the event, as well as a patient transport vehicle and a helicopter crew. Overnight medical services will also be provided.

“The Safari is one of our most challenging events of the year,” Becker said. “Because of the areas that the event goes through, and the fact that we have a big field of motorbikes competing, we often attend many incidents each day.

“It is imperative that we have enough FIVs to cover the event, and have the facilities to provide medical services at the end of each day, should a competitor require further treatment before being transferred to hospital.

“Having worked on the Safari in 2008, we have fine-tuned our operations and we’re looking forward to what will hopefully be a safe event for all competitors.”

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Shortly after the Australasian Safari the MSR crew will provide seven crews for Targa West, Western Australia’s major tarmac rally.

MSR have provided the safety and rescue services for this event for many years, and have formed an integral part in the success of Targa West.

Then, in early September, the crew head to northern New South Wales for Repco Rally Australia, the tenth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship.

MSR will provide eight First Intervention Vehicles, two incident control vehicles, and two flight paramedics for the event, to be held from September 3-6.