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Rescue service to use breakthrough technology

By Iceland Review

Iceland will be the first country to equip its rescue service with a Tetra telecommunications system, a long-range telephone designed for group conversations.

The new technology will enable the whole rescue team to communicate without outside help, and all vehicles and members of the team can be closely monitored. Fréttabladid reports.

On Friday the government signed an agreement with rescue service 112. A new rescue service, Öryggisfjarskipti, will be created to establish and run the new telecommunications system.

Minister of Justice, Björn Bjarnason, called the deal the biggest step that Iceland has taken towards improving its rescue service so far.

Last weekend a conference on rescue service, Björgun 2006, was held in Reykjavík’s Grand Hotel. Around 300 guests attended the conference and listened to presentations given by both Icelanders and foreigners.

Ólöf Snaehólm Baldursdóttir, a press officer for Icelandic rescue service Landsbjörg, told Morgunbladid that the conference had been a success.

Baldursdóttir said she believed Icelandic rescue teams have specified experience due to difficult weather conditions and the rough Icelandic nature.

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