Trucks, Boats And Trailers Flood In To Help NSW SES Save Lives07/06/2018 02:10 PM
Nearly 500 new vehicles, marine vessels and trailers will be rolled out to support our heroes in orange who support their local communities in times of floods, storms and other emergencies.
Mr Grant said 9,500 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.
“As technology advances we can’t afford for our NSW SES volunteers 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 have state-of-the-art equipment for water rescues.”
Mr Perrottet said the Government’s sensible fiscal management and strong leadership has given NSW a budget that ensures our community is safer and our volunteers better supported.
“We’ve managed our finances, grown the economy and importantly have the financial means to invest in new programs,” Mr Perrottet said.
NSW SES Commissioner Mark Smethurst welcomed the funding injection that further future-proofs the agency’s resources.
“This investment means volunteers can continue to deliver our mission of “saving lives and protecting communities” safely and cost effectively,” Commissioner Smethurst said.
From 2012-2017 the NSW Government invested $46 million for the procurement, maintenance and control of the 637 strong SES operational vehicle fleet.
The NSW SES Operational Fleet Replacement Program will continue to replace SES vehicles and also fund the purchase of equipment inventory, marine vessels and trailers.
The funding will enable the provision of 270 vehicles, 124 marine vessels, and 95 trailers. In 2018-19, 78 vehicles, 37 marine vessels, 30 trailers and 5 snowmobiles will be delivered.
The NSW SES last year responded to over 32,000 requests for assistance and performed over 750 flood rescues across the state.
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