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South Western Region State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have received more than $15,000 worth of new equipment to help them respond to local emergencies.

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan, who officially handed over the equipment, said the SES would use the new equipment to support the community during natural disasters.

"Providing this type of valuable equipment to our dedicated SES groups means residents can feel at ease knowing their local SES are well-equipped and ready to assist whenever and wherever they’re needed," Mr Ryan said.

"SES volunteers are passionate about their communities and devote a significant amount of time in helping Queenslanders during difficult times, and this equipment will support the valuable volunteer duties they perform."

The equipment handed over at the event is part of a $200,000 resource injection for the state, delivered by SES Supporting Partners, Energy Queensland and Powerlink Queensland.

"Energy Queensland and Powerlink Queensland have been on board as SES Supporting Partners since 2015 to help buy this equipment, which not only helps our volunteers, but the Queenslanders they support during disasters," Mr Ryan said.

The Lockyer Valley, Warwick, Stanthorpe, Balonne and Goondiwindi SES groups received automated external defibrillators, generators, rescue and resuscitation training equipment, thermal imaging devices, polesaws, vehicle fridges and battery-powered scene lighting.

QFES Assistant Commissioner South Western Region David Hermann said the region’s SES volunteers would use the equipment in response to storms, ground searches and floods.

"Our community looks to the SES for help when disaster strikes and the worst happens, and these dedicated and highly trained volunteers are there, literally in rain, hail or shine," Mr Hermann said.

"Anything we can do to ensure our volunteers are better equipped and prepared is a win for us, as well as the communities they serve."

Powerlink Queensland Chief Executive Officer Paul Simshauser said the partnership with SES supported local communities when they needed it most.

"Powerlink sees first-hand the vital contribution SES volunteers make to help keep communities safe during severe weather events and other emergency situations," Mr Simshauser said.

"We are proud to continue this partnership with Energy Queensland to deliver vital equipment that makes a positive difference." 

Posted
18 Mar 2021
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