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Emergency Power Generators available from Olympian Generators

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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 government response to emergency incidents and implement fail-safe emergency managementcapabilities  throughout the country.

 As part of the strategy Government grants were made available to community groups to assist with the upgrading of communications infrastructure 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 areas. 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.

After preparing a scope of works that included power generators for the radio station and one for thebroadcast tower, the ancillary electrical switching and wiring work and assistance with the complicated compliance conditions that came with the grant they approached a numbermof local electrical companies for quotes. “We received three tenders for the project but in the end local company RIC Electrics demonstrated a better level of understanding of our requirements, while still delivering an extremely competitive turn-key solution and assistance with the compliance issues. said Operations Manager, Chris Jacobson.

“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. “Once the project got underway RIC Electrics’ input into the installation of the generators really proved invaluable, even down to the positioning of the bigger generator at the radio station."

While initially concerned about the potential impact the noise that the power generators might have on surrounding neighbours RIC Electrics assured the client that the Olympian power generator's sound enclosures were among the best on the market . They haven’t had any negative feedback even when they have had to run the power generators for 2 days straight. “The original plan was to run both power generators for short periods every month and then run them under bload for extended periods every 2 months. But as it turned out the region was hit by a number of severe storms that wiped out power to the town, so they’ve been put to the test on a regular basis and have enabled us to continue to broadcast important information to the community that they’d otherwise not have had access to."

“RIC Electrics support throughout the entire process wasexceptional and their tradesman ship in all aspects of the project was excellent, while the Olympian power generators have performed as we were told they would and have really paid for themselves in the short time we’ve had them by keeping us on air,” Chris said. Chris Orban from RIC Electrics managed the project and was responsible for designing the two tailor-made systems so they would fit within the parameters of the grant 2AAA received. According to Chris, because the broadcast tower was located at another site 2AAA required two standby emergency power generator systems to ensure that both the studio and the broadcast tower would remain operational during blackouts.

Rated at 11 kVA and 65 kVA, both Olympian power generators were supplied on heavy duty fabricated base frames complete with inbuilt 45 and 245 litre fuel tanks respectively and housed in stateof- the-art sound attenuated enclosures.

For more information on power generators, visit Olympian Generators .

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