Volunteers of the St Georges Basin SES unit now have a new vehicle following its official handover from the Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and South Coast MP Shelley Hancock last week.
The vehicle is one of almost 500 new vehicles, marine vessels and trailers distributed to units across NSW as part of a massive fleet upgrade announced in the 2018/19 State Budget.
Mr Grant said 9500 NSW SES volunteers stand ready to answer the call to help when times are tough and the community can feel confident they are well-equipped.
“The work of NSW SES volunteers is vital, their contribution is invaluable and by continuing to invest in our volunteers we ensure they stand ready to tackle any emergency at a moment’s notice,” Mr Grant said.
“Our tireless volunteers deserve vehicles and equipment that ensures their lifesaving tasks are performed safely with maximum efficiency and in minimum time.”
Mr Grant said as technology advances, SES volunteers can’t afford to be left behind.
“The Government delivered a five-year refresh of the NSW SES fleet and now we’re continuing that investment so NSW SES Units also are better equipped to tackle floods, storms and other emergencies,” he said.
Mrs Hancock said the vehicle would make a great difference for the local South Coast unit and assist them to carry out their duties safely and efficiently.
“Thanks to the NSW Government the St Georges Basin SES unit has a new vehicle just in time for the storm season and ahead of what is predicted to be a difficult summer,” Mrs Hancock said.
“They will now be able to make use of the SUV for activities such as carrying out flood rescues, responding to jobs with the utilisation of the storm trailer as well as transporting members to and from training.”