SES volunteers receive new life-saving equipment

THE State Emergency Service will be better prepared to respond to emergencies in southeast Queensland thanks a range of new life-saving equipment received today.

Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said the equipment was part of the Energex, Ergon and Powerlink SES Equipment Program providing $200,000 in support to Queensland SES groups this year.

“The threat of severe weather is never far away the SES does invaluable work helping our communities during challenging times,” Mr de Brenni said.


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“The new pole saw, chainsaw, inverter generator, scene lighting equipment and basket stretcher will help our SES volunteers provide critical support when they’re needed most.”

SES groups in Runaway Bay, Beenleigh, Logan Central, Logan East, Logan Village, Beaudesert, Boonah and Harrisville received the equipment as part of the Energex, Ergon and Powerlink SES Equipment Program.

Mr de Brenni officially presented the equipment at a ceremony where he represented Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Bill Byrne.

Member for Logan Linus Power said the new equipment would boost the effectiveness of local SES groups.

“Logan’s SES volunteers do an outstanding job whenever they’re called on for help,” Mr Power said.

“Brand new reliable equipment means they’re prepared to take on the toughest jobs with the dedication and efficiency they’re renowned for.”

Energex Acting Executive Group Manager Customer and Corporate Relations, Carly Irving said for decades Energex crews have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with SES volunteers during Queensland’s natural disasters.

“We share a common interest in providing a high quality service to the community while ensuring the public remains safe when events turn dangerous,” Ms Irving said.

“And this equipment is a show of Energex’s appreciation for those who volunteer their time to support those in need.”

SES Assistant Commissioner Peter Jeffrey said the SES’s support on the ground during emergencies was critical to local communities.

“The equipment provided by Energex, Ergon and Powerlink, will ensure these SES Groups are now better-equipped to provide valuable assistance during these difficult and often dangerous times,” Mr Jeffrey said.

“Energex, Ergon and Powerlink are valuable partners to SES, and their staff members often work beside our volunteers during these emergencies.

“The financial support provided through the Energex, Ergon and Powerlink SES Equipment Program will boost the capability of our SES Groups around the state so they are well-equipped to serve their communities when disasters and emergencies strike.”