Volunteers in the Tamworth area have today been given a boost with new state of the art equipment and a grant being handed over to the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES).

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and NSW RFS Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald AFSM presented the keys for two new fire trucks to the Bendemeer and Manilla Rural Fire Brigades.

"Both Brigades’ new Category One Tanker, each worth a little over $300,000, is an example of how the NSW Government is putting the best equipment into the hands of volunteers who are committed to serving their communities,” Mr Elliot said.

Mr Anderson said our local crews do an incredible job and it is important to make sure they are provided with the best tools to keep the community safe.

“Volunteers RFS crews are running towards danger while the rest of us run away which is why the NSW Government is determined to invest in the best equipment so that they can continue to do the great work they do.”

Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald said these new vehicles are replacing older style models.

"Members of the Bendemeer and Manilla Brigades continue to protect their community from grass, forest and house fires as well as motor vehicle accidents," Senior Assistant Commissioner McDonald said.

NSW SES Tamworth Unit was also given a new flood rescue boat and financial boost with a $5,000 NSW Government discretionary grant.

Minister Elliott and NSW SES Acting Commissioner Greg Newton handed over the boat and funds to local volunteers.

“Whether it’s responding to floods, storms or any other emergency, the community can be assured that their NSW SES volunteers are the best equipped to help them in times of crisis,” Mr Elliott said.

Acting Commissioner Newton said the boat and grant money will help volunteers in carrying out important emergency response work.

“The new Jabiru 385 flood rescue boat allows volunteers to access shallow floodwaters particularly around urban areas and also small dams when supporting water searches,” Mr Newton said. “The grant funds will also allow for temporary shelter to go over the sandbagging area for use during operational activities,” Mr Newton concluded.

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