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    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    SES units in the south-east the first to receive new equipment under $200,000 program

    Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
    The Honourable Craig Crawford

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    SES units in the south-east the first to receive new equipment under $200,000 program

    SES volunteers in the South-East Region have become the first units in Queensland to receive new equipment under a $200,000 funding program.

    Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said today (Wednesday) the region had been boosted by the arrival of $34,000 in additional equipment under the Energising Queensland Supporting Partnerships Program.

    Mr Crawford said the new equipment was funded under a partnership with Energy Queensland and Powerlink.

    “The new equipment includes stretchers, defibrillators, vehicle accessories, lighting and chainsaws and will be a great help in the critical work of SES volunteers throughout the state,” Mr Crawford said.

    Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon, said the new equipment for the South-East Region – which covers Gold Coast, Ipswich and Somerset SES units - is “certainly timely”.

    “With Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) personnel in the final phase of preparations for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the new equipment is a welcome boost,” she said.

    “It’s fantastic to see the practical support provided through this partnership to our hard-working SES volunteers.”

    The Energising Queensland Supporting Partnership for SES Program was launched in October 2017. SES applications under the program have been reviewed by a working group comprising representatives from QFES, SES, Energy Queensland and Powerlink.

    Energy Queensland Director Teresa Dyson said when severe weather and other disasters strike, it’s important to have “people you can rely on and the best equipment to do the job”.

    “Energex and Ergon crews always have nothing but praise for the SES volunteers they work with during emergency events,” she said.

    “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.

    “We are proud to be able to provide mutual support in the form of new equipment to assist them with the great work they do in community recovery events,” she said.

    Powerlink Chief Executive Merryn York said the work SES volunteers did to help keep communities safe during critical times - and busy times like the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games - is invaluable.

    “We are so pleased to be assisting groups in the Gold Coast region to continue providing this support through this important partnership.”

    She said Powerlink was proud of its ongoing partnership to deliver much-needed equipment to SES groups across the state.

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