I was pleased to join the Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant to hand over two new emergency response vehicles to the SES Sutherland Unit. Mr Grant said the NSW Government is proud to support the SES and its volunteers by providing more than $387,000 to purchase the Medium and Light Storm emergency response vehicles for the Sutherland Unit.
“We are investing $46 million, over five years, on the SES Operational Fleet to ensure volunteers can continue their important emergency storm response work,” he said.“The Sutherland Unit’s volunteers now have the latest vehicles to respond to flood, storms, and other emergency jobs quickly and efficiently.”
I’m thrilled the men and woman of the Sutherland Unit now have these additional resources available to assist them protect and assist people in times of emergency. These new vehicles will be used in a number of emergency tasks including responding to storms and floods, and supporting other agencies during land searches.
NSW SES Deputy Commissioner Greg Newton said the new vehicles will greatly assist the local Unit. “The Mercedes Benz Light Storm Vehicle is specifically designed to provide Light storm response capability and the Isuzu Medium Storm Vehicle will be used to provide storm and flood response capability including local flooding, ground and medium scale roof operations, large tree operations and general land search,” said Mr Newton.
The NSW SES Sutherland Unit is made up 150 volunteers who over the past 12 months have carried out over 960 emergency tasks, so these two new emergency response vehicles will certainly be put to good use by this busy Unit.