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A system to automatically locate emergency service vehicles across South Australia during natural disasters, such as major bushfires, has won federal government funding. The system was one of the key recommendations in a review of SA’s response to the 2019/20 bushfires which raged through the Adelaide Hills and on Kangaroo Island. It will be rolled out across the Country Fire Service and the State Emergency Service and is among a number of measures included in a $2 million package to reduce the risks posed by disasters. “The funding will reduce vulnerability and increase community capacity to cope in the face of natural disasters,” Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said in a statement on Sunday. “We’ll never be able to eradicate disasters, but we can always ensure we are better prepared for when they strike.” South Australian Emergency Services Minister Vincent Tarzia said the local projects would play a vital role in helping communities prepare for a range of emergency events. “We must do all that we can to reduce the level of risk that our communities are exposed to and enable them to withstand and adapt to the more frequent and intense natural hazards that we face,” Mr Tarzia said. “The partnership approach between all levels of government and the community is helping to build a culture of shared responsibility for dealing with natural disasters.” From the funding pool, the vehicle location system will receive $400,000 while $232,000 will go towards a project to support culturally and linguistically diverse communities to implement their own locally-led disaster risk reduction activities. Australian Associated Press