Forster Pacific Palms State Emergency Service (SES) unit is now better equipped to ensure community safety following the delivery of state-of-the art vehicles and marine vessels earlier this week.
A $185,000 light storm vehicle and a $145,000 bowloader punt designed to assist in emergency situations along with a $62,000 command vehicle fitted with emergency warning and communications systems to help when critical infrastructure is damaged or destroyed were delivered to the unit.
Visiting the Great Lakes on Thursday, June 25 Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott said the new equipment formed part of the State government's $56.4M SES fleet replacement program.
"Parts of this community were devastated by the fires over summer and with the potentially severe weather over the winter months, these lifesaving vehicles will be a welcome sight during times of emergency," Mr Elliott said.
"It is crucial that the vehicles are both functional and efficient to combat the very difficult circumstances our volunteers face during an emergency."
Member for Myall Lakes, Stephen Bromhead, said the investment couldn't have come at a better time.
It is crucial that the vehicles are both functional and efficient to combat the very difficult circumstances our volunteers face during an emergency.David Elliott
"The NSW Government is committed to providing our first responders with the best possible resources to protect lives and property," Mr Bromhead said.
"Our local volunteers play an incredibly important role come floods or storms, which is why I'm pleased to see them provided with modern and effective equipment."
NSW SES northern zone deputy commander Tony Day, welcomed the new fleet additions and said it would increase the capability of the units to support their community during emergencies.
"NSW SES volunteers use this equipment every day to prepare communities for severe weather and support those impacted by floods and storms," Mr Day said.
The NSW SES has 9500 volunteers who partner with communities prior to and during emergencies.
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