New SES Trucks To Be Locally Built

New SES Trucks To Be Locally Built

South Australia Minister for Emergency Services Tony Piccolo

Next Generation Of SES Trucks Rolled Out

Victor P Taffa

Three next generation rescue trucks were rolled out by the State Emergency Service today, Wednesday 23 December, 2015.

Built locally by Murray Bridge-based Moore Engineering, the trucks will serve as prototypes in a program which will see the SES spend around $1.2 Million annually on an ongoing fleet replacement program.

The SES plans to build another four rescue trucks this current financial year and then between five and six trucks each year after that.

Emergency Services Minister Tony Piccolo said the SES had spent six months working closely with Moore Engineering to ensure the new trucks were state-of-the-art and had a much superior design for equipment storage.

“A reference group, including a number of very experienced SES volunteers, provided invaluable input to the final designs.” Mr. Piccolo said.

“These rescue trucks are therefore designed with the best interests of our volunteers in mind and will be a great resource to them as they go about their work.”

“The vehicles will be used in a variety of rescue situations including during storms and floods and even carry tools to stabilise a building, if for example, a car was to drive into it.”

“The four wheel drive will also be equipped specifically for road crash rescues.” Mr. Piccolo said.

The Sturt SES Unit will take delivery of the two wheel drive trucks today, while the four wheel drive will be delivered to the SES unit at Booleroo in the Mid North in the next few weeks.

Mr. Piccolo said a number of current SES rescue trucks were close to reaching the end of their working life.

“It’s important we look to the future and upgrade the SES fleet.” Mr. Piccolo said.

“By doing this we will ensure the SES continues to meet the community’s expectations for an effective response to a range of emergencies.”