Cecil Plains SES Group Receives A New Flood Boat And Trailer

Cecil Plains SES Group Receives A New Flood Boat And Trailer

Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford

New SES Flood Boat And Trailer Boosts South Western Region Emergency Services

Victor P Taffa

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Tuesday 3 July) presented the Cecil Plains State Emergency Service (SES) Group with a new flood boat and trailer worth more than $66,000.

Minister Crawford said the new 4.6 metre flood boat and trailer funded under the SES Major Equipment Replacement Program would better equip the dedicated volunteers to provide crucial services.

“Cecil Plains area can often become isolated due to flood waters during large weather events.” Minister Crawford said.

“New flood boat will allow transportation of urgent supplies and assist the public if they become stranded when natural disasters strike.”

“This new equipment will help our SES volunteers protect and build resilience within South Western communities.” Minister Crawford said.

Toowoomba Regional SES unit of which the Cecil Plains SES group is a part of has about 170 active volunteers across its 9 groups.

Since July 2017, the volunteers of Toowoomba Regional SES unit have performed 2,563 hours in operational tasking and 15,841 hours in:

  • Administration,
  • Courses,
  • Equipment maintenance,
  • Fundraising,
  • Group exercises,
  • Public education,
  • Recruitment,
  • Training.

“Local communities in the South West Region can feel reassured that our dedicated SES volunteers have the equipment they need to help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and emergencies.” Minister Crawford said.

“We know in an emergency, every minute count which this new flood boat and trailer is why is vital to improve the delivery of emergency services in the Toowoomba area.” QFES Acting Deputy Commissioner Stephen Smith said.

“It’s a huge win for the local Cecil Plains community, and a boost to the capabilities of the dedicated SES members.”

“When severe weather events and emergencies occur, our SES volunteers are a welcome and comforting sight to Queenslanders in need.”

“QFES staff often put their lives at risk in service for our community and I am proud that we can support them in doing the great work they do.” Acting Deputy Commissioner Smith said.