New response vehicles hand over

TAKING DELIVERY: SES crews from Barraba and Tamworth, including pictured back row from left, Toby Jaeger, Andrew McGregor, Heath Stimson, and front from left, Linda Bridges and Barb McGregor collect the keys from controller Andrew Galvin and MP Kevin Anderson.  Photo: Gareth Gardner 010914GGB01

TAKING DELIVERY: SES crews from Barraba and Tamworth, including pictured back row from left, Toby Jaeger, Andrew McGregor, Heath Stimson, and front from left, Linda Bridges and Barb McGregor collect the keys from controller Andrew Galvin and MP Kevin Anderson. Photo: Gareth Gardner 010914GGB01

LOCAL SES volunteers have been given a boost with new response vehicles delivered to the Namoi Region.

The Tamworth and Barraba units were handed the keys to the $52,000 state-of-the-art, purpose-built vehicles which will replace older models yesterday.

SES Namoi Region controller, Andrew Galvin, said the new vehicles would ensure crews can respond safely.

“The vehicles will be utilised for tasks such as light storm response, flood rescue, logistics support and provide both units with an increased capability,” he said.

Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said the local volunteers give their time selflessly and played a vital role in the community.

“Our SES volunteers do very important and often dangerous work and that’s why we need to ensure that they have the equipment to handle any emergency situation that arises,” he said.

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