NEW VEHICLE FOR MURWILLUMBAH SES
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and Member for Lismore Thomas George today officially presented the SES Murwillumbah Unit with a new emergency response vehicle.
Mr Grant said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to providing our emergency services with the state-of-the-art equipment they need to keep communities safe.
“This Government is proud to support the SES and its volunteers with this $179,000 emergency response truck as part of a five year $46 million Operational Fleet funding project,” Mr Grant said.
“This new vehicle will support our SES volunteers in the tremendous work they do.”
Mr George said the modified Mercedes Benz Light Storm Vehicle meets the response needs of the SES.
“This purpose built vehicle is an asset to the Murwillumbah Unit and will boost the capabilities of the local SES in responding to storms and floods. It will also be on hand to support other agencies during land searches. The Murwillumbah Unit has responded to 680 requests for assistance in the past 12 months,” Mr George said.
“As the most recent floods highlighted, our volunteers are selfless heroes – dedicated to the safety of our community above all else. They are quick and efficien and this new vehicle will help them better serve the community well into the future.”
NSW SES Director Regions East, Kaylene Jones, said the new vehicles will help volunteers carry out important emergency storm response work.
The NSW SES Murwillimbah Unit is made up of 107 volunteers and this new emergency response vehicle will certainly be put to good use by this busy Unit,” Ms Jones said.
The March-April floods caused one of the most significant flooding events in Northern NSW for more than 40 years. Flood levels show that this was the third highest flood on record for Lismore and Tweed Heads and the flood record for Murwillumbah.
There were over 500 flood rescue activations during this severe weather event and the NSW SES Murwillumbah Unit responded to190 of them.