$296,000 BOOST FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES IN PENRITH
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott today joined Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres to officially handover the keys to four new vehicles worth $296,000 to the NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) Penrith Unit.
Mr Elliott said that the new equipment forms part of the NSW SES’s $56.4 million fleet replacement program funded by the NSW Government over four years.
“NSW SES volunteers have a very special role to play in our communities and it’s the responsibility of the Government to ensure they are provided with the very best of equipment,” Mr Elliott said.
Penrith SES volunteers have received two General Purpose Vehicles and two Command Vehicles.
The $86,000 General Purpose Vehicles can carry up to five NSW SES volunteers, 240kg of rescue equipment and is kitted out with emergency warning lights and sirens as well as communications equipment. There is also an extended roof rack to carry inflated rescue raft.
The $62,000 Command Vehicle will be used for incident management, reconnaissance and field support. It has emergency warning lights and sirens and communications systems as well as a 4.3 tonne winch and towbar.
Stuart Ayres said having a professional and well-equipped unit of local SES volunteers was critical given the flood risk facing the Nepean Valley.
“The Hawkesbury-Nepean has been hit hard by wild weather this year and we are extraordinarily grateful to have such stellar volunteers who are prepared for anything,” Stuart Ayres said.
NSW SES Deputy Metro Zone Commander Allison Flaxman said the new vehicles will increase the capability of the NSW SES Penrith Unit 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,” Mrs Flaxman said.
The NSW SES has 9,500 volunteers who partner with communities prior to and during emergencies.