New vehicle and trailer boosts Casino’s SES capabilities

NSW SES

A new Light Storm Vehicle and Storm Trailer have been delivered to NSW State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers at Casino to support ongoing flood operations.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke said the $220,000 worth of equipment will enable SES volunteers to undertake more tree, roof and pumping jobs.

“As communities across NSW continue to experience the worst flooding on record, it’s important our tireless volunteers have the resources they need and deserve,” Ms Cooke said.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis said the state-of-the-art equipment being handed over features LED emergency lights, an extension ladder fixed to the roof, electric brakes and a removable winch.

“This $220,000 investment in the Casino Unit forms part of the NSW Government’s $116.04 million Fleet Replacement Program which is delivering new vehicles and resources to communities right across regional, rural and remote NSW,” Mr Gulaptis said.

SES Commissioner Carlene York said the new assets would greatly increase operational and response capability.

“The vehicle and trailer are functional and capable to combat the very difficult circumstances our volunteers face during these unprecedented floods. I’m pleased our members will have the latest equipment when undertaking their vital roles in their communities,” Commissioner York said.

Casino Unit Commander Karen Rea said the new vehicle and trailer were a welcome boost to the Unit’s resources.

“The last few months have been extremely busy for our Unit. With only 26 members, we have responded to more than 490 requests for assistance since the beginning of the year,” Ms Rea said.

To coincide with the Light Storm Vehicle and Storm Trailer being handed over, the Casino Unit also hosted a local community event today to showcase its facilities and vehicles, and provide information on volunteering and storm preparedness.

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