Hurstville SES Unit Better Equipped to Help our Local Community

Thursday, 09 July 2020

Volunteers at the Hurstville SES Unit are now better equipped to assist our local area in an emergency with the unit officially receiving its new $185,000 Light Storm Vehicle.

Mark Coure, Member for Oatley, and David Elliott, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, recently visited the Unit to thank the volunteers for all their work and to officially handover the vehicle.

The new 5-seater vehicle is fitted with emergency warning lights, sirens and emergency communication equipment. It also has the ability to store operational equipment, including battery-operated hand tools, and has a portable generator that can power the vehicle or provide external power to electrical appliances.

Mr Coure said the new vehicle forms part of the record $56.4 million SES fleet replacement program funded by the NSW Government.

“Community safety is the highest priority for the NSW Government and the many people who volunteer with the SES provide invaluable assistance during storms, floods and other emergency situations,” Mr Coure said.

“I am proud to be part of a government delivering for our first responders and emergency services workers. This $56.4 million investment will ensure that SES units across the state are able to quickly and efficiently respond to natural disasters and emergencies.”

“The Hurstville SES Unit does amazing work assisting and protecting our local community in times of need and this will be enhanced with this new vehicle.”

Mr Elliott said that this year’s bushfires and extreme weather events have highlighted the importance of local SES units.

"Our local SES units and volunteers play an incredibly important role during floods and storms, which is why I’m pleased to see them provided with modern and effective equipment,” said Mr Elliott. 

“It is crucial that the vehicles and all equipment are both functional and efficient to combat the very difficult circumstances our volunteers face during an emergency,” said Mr Elliott.

It was also announced that the Unit had received a $10,000 grant from the NSW Government to purchase a new PA system that will be used in training exercises and during emergencies.

The NSW SES has 9,500 volunteers who partner with communities prior to and during emergencies.

If you require assistance during a storm or flood please call 132 500. To find out more information about the NSW SES or to make an emergency preparedness plan please visit https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/.