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IT Community in Perth Comes Together for Bush Fire Victims

IT Community in Perth Comes Together for Bush Fire Victims
| 05-03-21
IT companies in Perth are working together with BlazeAid, to help families affected by devastating bush fires that happened late January to early February 2021.
In the middle of a lockdown due to the coronavirus, a bush fire broke out in Western Australia that burnt through 9,000 hectares of land and destroyed 71 homes.

BlazeAid has set up a small camp in Brigadoon to serve as a temporary campground and management office for volunteers that will be helping the families affected by the bush fires. Dongas and caravans are being set up in paddocks. This campground project is expected to run for six months whilst the homes are being rebuilt.

The collaboration started when Darren Perera of Secure IT reached out to members of SMBiT, an IT industry association, to look for help to acquire internet connection for the camp. As a response, Fabio Suffell, Director of Qbit Computers in West Perth, immediately brainstormed with his team for possible IT solutions to help improve the living conditions for the temporary shelters.

Qbit account manager, Sean Hodnett, who himself had been evacuated due to the fires noted that there was strong Node1 coverage in the area. Fabio immediately reached out to Sean Clarke, Chief Sales Officer from NodeOne. He was happy to help, and a fast fixed wireless business grade connection was immediately offered to the cause by NodeOne Management. The connection was installed the following week.


“An internet connection of this quality meant that Blaze Aid volunteers would be able to organise the relief effort from the camp efficiently.  Let’s also not forget the ability to stream some entertainment at the end of the day for all the hard-working volunteers." said Fabio Suffell.

Qbit has supplied a business grade WIFI network with quality outdoor access points, to distribute Wi-Fi right across the site.  “Darren from SecureIT, Mornay Bauermeister from New World cabling, Nathan from Wallis Computer Solutions and our Qbit team are so excited to have this quality equipment to install and manage. This is going to make a big difference to the quality of life for the volunteers in this camp, we couldn’t be happier to help” said Fabio.

Qbit Computers is a reliable managed IT services provider in Perth, Western Australia. They offer quality IT support and business IT solutions for companies across different industries. Visit their website at or give them a call at (08) 6364 0600 and get the IT service plan tailored to your business needs.
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