Rockhampton SES Receives New Equipment

Rockhampton SES Receives New Equipment

Queensland Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Services Bill Byrne

Rockhampton’s SES Better Equipped To Help Community

Victor P Taffa

Local State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers in Rockhampton have a greater ability to help their communities thanks to more than $14,200 worth of vital emergency equipment handed over today.

SES Groups in Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mount Morgan and Muttaburra were the recipients of the equipment, which included a chainsaw, pole saw, inverter generator, scene lighting equipment, ICS TAC Pack and basket stretcher.

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services and Rockhampton MP, Bill Byrne, said the valuable equipment was provided as part of the Energex, Ergon and Powerlink SES Equipment Program which will deliver $200,000 in support to SES Groups around Queensland this year.

“These SES Groups will put these items to good use in their communities when they’re needed most.” Mr. Byrne said.

“This vital emergency equipment will provide SES Groups in the Rockhampton area with the resources and tools they need when responding to emergencies and helping local residents.”

“The SES in Queensland is an integral part of providing on-the-ground support during emergencies and crises.”

“Queensland is no stranger to challenging weather conditions and we are grateful to have around 6,200 SES volunteers operating out of 311 SES Groups who are ready to rise to meet these challenges on the front line.” Mr. Byrne said.

Ergon Energy Chief Executive Roslyn Baker said Ergon employees often worked alongside SES volunteers in disaster response situations and many Ergon staff in regional Queensland was SES volunteers.

“We are very happy to be able to help provide this financial assistance to support the purchase of new equipment, which will help local SES branches provide valuable assistance during disaster response.” Ms. Baker said.

Assistant Commissioner for SES (Queensland Fire and Emergency Services), Peter Jeffrey, said the SES provided critical support on the ground during severe weather events.

“Thanks to the equipment provided by Energex, Ergon and Powerlink, these SES Groups are now better-positioned for when they are needed most.” Assistant Commissioner Jeffrey said.

“Our SES volunteers often work beside Energex, Ergon and Powerlink staff during these emergencies.”

“The financial support provided through the Energex, Ergon and Powerlink SES Equipment Program means SES volunteers around the state, including the Rockhampton area, will have greater capability to serve their communities and respond to these situations.” Assistant Commissioner Jeffrey said.