THE Armidale State Emergency Service (SES) is better equipped to respond to flood emergencies, after they took delivery of a brand new flood rescue boat.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Namoi SES Region Controller Andrew Galvin handed over the $26,900 4.75-metre Jabiru 385 boat to members, this week.
“This new lifesaving equipment means the SES will be able to respond even more efficiently and safely to requests for help from the community during floods and storms,” Mr Marshall said.
“For the local unit to assist the community in a timely and professional manner, it is important that as well as quality training and facilities, its members have safe and reliable resources such as this new flood rescue boat.”
During the last 12 months, the members of the unit responded to over 160 jobs for storm, flood and rescues.
They have contributed over 9,000 volunteer hours of service between responding to operational tasks, training and community events.