New equipment for Qld SES volunteers

Thursday, 27 February, 2020

New equipment for Qld SES volunteers

The State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers in Toowoomba, Queensland, have received nearly $15,000 worth of equipment, including power tools, solar panel blankets and rescue training mannequins, under the Energising Queensland program.

“Through the successful partnership between the SES and our state-owned energy providers, we have delivered $200,000 in new equipment right across the state. We know how unforgiving last year’s bushfires were on the Darling Downs, particularly around Crows Nest and Ravensbourne. I thank Energy Queensland and Powerlink Queensland for their ongoing support of not only helps our volunteers, but the Queenslanders they protect,” said Craig Crawford, Minister for Fire and Emergency Services.

The equipment should help volunteers train for and respond to a range of emergency situations.

“Our nearly 150 local SES volunteers have always shown great dedication, most recently in assisting firefighters during the major fires at Pechey. Between 1 July 2019 and 31 January 2020, they volunteered more than 3800 hours in operational response and 6500 in training, administration, public education and other tasks,” said Andrew Short, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) Assistant Commissioner.

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