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FireReady app update
Warning notifications direct to your phone and the integration of MFB emergency information are just two of the enhancements to the new version of the FireReady app released this morning (Fri 7 Dec).
FireReady 3.0 now provides information and notifications on all fire agency emergencies and planned burns across Victoria.
The update also introduces an automatic refresh of emergency information every 60 seconds to ensure you are viewing the most up-to-date information.
Instead of having to go to a separate screen to see warnings you can now see warnings displayed on the map screen and quickly get full warning details by tapping on the warning icon.
And if you don't want to be disturbed by notifications of every false alarm and "cat stuck up a tree" you can now choose to only receive notifications of warnings.
Another important change is the return of the signal, time, and battery level display at the top of the app so you always know if you're getting good reception and whether or not you need to charge your battery.
As in the previous version the app also sends notifications to users the evening before and on the morning of Total Fire Ban days and Code Red Fire Danger Days.
The four-day Fire Danger Rating forecast is also still available by tapping on the Fire Danger Rating area at the top right of the app.
CFA Digital Media Manager, Martin Anderson, said the app has now been downloaded more than 93,000 times and he is hopeful the new version will make the app even more useful for keeping track of emergency information and warnings across the state.
"This new version fills in the gaps by providing all fire agency warnings for the whole of Victoria and introducing notifications for warnings," he said.
"But it's important to remember that you should never rely on any one medium for critical emergency information. Fire agencies provide many different ways of getting warnings including emergency broadcasters, the CFA website, and the Victorian Bushfire Information Line."
FireReady 3.0 was released for iPhones and iPads this morning and the new version should be available for certain Android phones within days.