Stroud SES response capability enhanced

MidCoast Council councillor, Karen Hutchinson, Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen,with Stroud SES volunteers, Aaron Waters, Roger, Brian Linsley, deputy unit controller, Greg Snape, Stroud and Sandy Snape.
MidCoast Council councillor, Karen Hutchinson, Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen,with Stroud SES volunteers, Aaron Waters, Roger, Brian Linsley, deputy unit controller, Greg Snape, Stroud and Sandy Snape.

A new emergency response vehicle has been delivered to the Stroud State Emergency Services (SES).

The vehicle was officially presented to the unit by Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen earlier this week.

The $179,000 vehicle is part of the Federal government’s five-year $46 million Operational Fleet funding project.

The Mercedes Sprinter AWD crew cab chassis truck has many state-of-the-art features including roller shutters, a purpose built chainsaw maintenance drawer, internal LED lighting and a custom made protection bar fitted with a winch and driving lights.

The 17-volunteer member Stroud unit has responded to more than 30 emergency tasks in the past 12 months

Mr Johnsen was joined during the official hand-over by MidCoast Council councillor, Karen Hutchinson on October 24.

Mr Johnsen said the Federal government was committed to providing emergency service agencies with the state-of-the-art equipment they need to keep communities safe.

“This government of which I am a member is proud to support the NSW SES and its volunteers,” Mr Johnsen said.

“We continue to place the highest priority on the safety of our local NSW SES volunteers by making sure they have the necessary equipment to carry out their lifesaving work.”

Mr Johnsen thanked local volunteers for their outstanding contribution to the safety of thecommunity.

“It is essential that Stroud unit volunteers have the best vehicles, tools and equipment in order to undertake their vital work in responding to the floods, storms and other emergencies,” Mr Johnsen said.

NSW SES Mid North Coast Region’s Learning and Development Officer Mr John Orrock said the new vehicle would help volunteers carry out important emergency response work.

“This new vehicle is a welcome asset to the Stroud unit’s fleet and will be used in a number of tasks including in storm and flood response, and supporting other agencies during land searches,” Mr Orrock said.