State Emergency Service (SES) groups across the Far North have received almost $30,000 in much-needed equipment as we head into the busy summer season, thanks to a continued partnership between Powerlink and Energy Queensland.
Executive General Manager Corporate Development Kevin Kehl said the equipment handover in Cairns marked the first handover of new equipment as part of the $200,000 'Energising Queensland SES Equipment Program' for 2020/21.
The partnership between Powerlink, Energy Queensland and the SES has been in place statewide since 2016, and sees SES groups around the state receive vital gear including resuscitation equipment, pole saws, generators and chainsaws through to stretchers, emergency lighting equipment, vehicle accessories and other new technology items.
A recent event in Cairns saw a selection of critical equipment handed over to groups from Bamaga on the Cape, down to Cardwell and up to the Tablelands – the full length and breadth of Far North Queensland.
Kevin said the event was made even more special because it coincided with International Volunteer Day 2020, which recognises the significant contribution made by volunteers such as the SES in local communities.
“It is great to see that the incredible contribution SES volunteers make in Queensland is being recognised and appreciated," Kevin said.
“The Far North is no stranger to severe weather events. With these added resources, SES volunteers can continue to help their communities when they need it most.”