NEW SES EMERGENCY VEHICLE IN TIME FOR A WET SUMMER
Tamworth’s SES heroes are now better resourced to respond to flooding events following the commissioning of a new vehicle for the NSW State Emergency Service.
Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke joined Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson on Friday to officially hand over the keys to a new $90,000 General Purpose Vehicle to the NSW SES Tamworth Unit.
“This new vehicle will enable the volunteers of the Tamworth Unit to continue supporting the community by responding to storm operations as well as flood and land-based rescues with the very latest equipment,” Ms Cooke said.
Mr Anderson said the vehicle had already been involved in several rescues over the weekend and would continue to be the front line when responding to emergencies.
“Our SES volunteers have been going above and beyond since the drought broke and there are a growing number of people in our community who owe our lives and livelihoods to them,” Mr Anderson said.
“This year alone, the Tamworth Unit has responded to more than 235 calls for help, in addition to providing support across the state where it is needed.
“With the wet weather to continue over the coming days and months, I have no doubt that this vehicle will be an important tool when it comes to protecting our community.
“We are seeing that even a small amount of rain can cause a flood this season so it’s important to remember to listen to the advice of the SES and avoid floodwater at all costs.
“I can’t thank our volunteers enough for the work they have been doing, particularly over the past four days as they have been working around the clock, warning the community of rising floodwater and rescuing those in need.
“With more rain expected over the coming days, please ensure you listen to the advice of the SES, be prepared and stay safe.”