NEW SES RESPONSE VEHICLES FOR THE TAMWORTH REGION
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today officially handed over two new SES General Purpose vehicles to Controllers of the Tamworth and Barraba NSW SES Units.
Mr Anderson said the two new response vehicles valued at $52,000 each will replace existing aged vehicles used by NSW SES volunteers from the Tamworth and Barraba Units.
“Our SES volunteers do very important and often dangerous work and that’s why we need to ensure that they have the equipment to handle any emergency situation that arises including road accident rescue, flood rescue, storm response, vertical rescue, domestic and industrial rescue.
“These new vehicles will ensure that the Volunteers of the Tamworth and Barraba units are responding to calls for assistance by the NSW Community in a state of the art vehicle specifically designed for the roles they perform with volunteer safety at the core of its design.
“The NSW State Emergency Service Namoi Region is comprised of 16 Units and approximately 350 members. These Units cover a large geographical area of 50,000 square kilometers of inland Northern NSW, extending from from Guyra in the North to Walcha in the East, Pilliga in the West and Qurindi in the South.
“The Tamworth Local Government Area has four Units located in Tamworth, Barraba, Manilla and Nundle,” Mr Anderson said.
NSW SES Namoi Region Controller Andrew Galvin said, ”These new ‘state of the art’ vehicles will ensure that local NSW SES volunteers are able to respond to emergency incidents in modern safe vehicles.
“The vehicles will be utilised for tasks such as light storm response, flood rescue, logistics support and provide both units with an increased capability, Mr Galvin said.
Mr Anderson said “These extraordinary men and women play a vital role in their local community and I would like to thank them for selflessly giving their time to help others in real need.”