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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    New equipment helps “power up” SES groups in Rockhampton and Keppel

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    New equipment helps “power up” SES groups in Rockhampton and Keppel

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford today (Wednesday) presented Rockhampton Area State Emergency Service (SES) Groups with new equipment under a $200,000 program.

    Mr Crawford said the equipment - for the SES Groups of Rockhampton, Mt Morgan and Emu Park - was part of a $46,000 allocation for the region under the Energising Qld SES Equipment Program.

    “With recent bad weather and the unpredictable forecasts ahead, the new equipment will certainly help SES volunteers continue the fantastic work they do,” Mr Crawford said.

    Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the new equipment - funded by SES Supporting Partners, Energy Queensland and Powerlink Queensland - comprised a tactical response kit, water rescue dummies, emergency lighting and vehicle accessories.

    “The Maxtrax for example, will enable crews to drive on sand and in boggy conditions while the Life Tec water rescue dummy will ensure volunteers can practice lifesaving skills anytime, anywhere,” he said.

    “The battery powered generator allows for quieter and safer lighting at incidents, and the Management Kit will assist in all emergency events.”

    Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga said the $200,000 Energising Qld SES Equipment Program “made a huge difference to the smooth functioning of the SES”.

    “Not only in this region, but throughout the state during and after storm and cyclone season,” Mrs Lauga said.

    “Remembering the outstanding efforts of the SES during Cyclone Marcia here, this new equipment will assist crews with the great work they do in community recovery events.”

    Energy Queensland CEO David Smales said Energex and Ergon crews “always have nothing but praise for the SES volunteers they work with during emergency events”.

    “They know they can depend on them to undertake jobs such as clearing debris from roads and properties along with other important tasks that help us get the power on faster,” he said.

    “We are proud to be able to provide mutual support in the form of new equipment,” he said.

    The Rockhampton Regional Unit has 110 active volunteers. In the past year, the unit has volunteered 964 hours in operational tasking and 11,300 hours in training, administration, group exercises, courses, public education, recruitment, fundraising and equipment maintenance.

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