By Tom O’ConnorThe Pugets Sound Wilderness system is among the world’s most comprehensive emergency response and response systems, says its chief executive, who has overseen the creation of the system in the last five years.
The system is set up by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), and is funded through the National Lottery Fund, the government’s “wildlife” funds.
The Puges have seen a dramatic rise in demand in recent years, with an estimated 30,000 tourists visiting each year.
The Pugs are a popular destination for those who want to see the region for the first time, with the area popular with bushwalkers, mountaineers and mountaineering groups.
“We have had a huge increase in the number of people who want a visit and come in, to the Pugs, because we know that the region has been a popular spot for years,” Mr Stapleton said.
Mr Staplettons comments follow an announcement in April from the Department for the Environment, Forest and Food (Defrfa) that the system would be upgraded to meet new demands, including the arrival of more tourists.
A review of the Pugesian system was undertaken last year, which included looking at how to respond to increased demand and to improve the quality of the service.
The review found the system could be better managed, but that it was still not up to scratch.
The department also said that the current system could handle up to 300 people at a time, but Mr Stalpole said the system had “one of them the most extensive and robust emergency response system in Britain”.
Mr Stalpine said: “We are a system which is designed to make sure that if there’s a big incident, we have the capability to respond.”
It’s not a system that can respond quickly, but it can be very quickly.
“That’s why we have a lot of redundancy within the system, so we can keep the system running as quickly as possible, and we can have an impact in the event of an emergency.”
The system can do so many things and it is a great system for us to use.
“Mr Stadwell said the decision to upgrade the system was made after the release of a study commissioned by Defra, which concluded the current systems were “not sufficient to respond adequately to a high number of visitors”.
The review also said: The system could respond quickly to a number of emergencies, including bushfires and floods, but the existing infrastructure is not up-to-date.”
A high number or demand for emergency services is a very significant problem in our region, and it needs to be addressed,” Mr Grewell said.
The government has funded the Poget Sound Wilderness System since 2015.