Local SES commander Bob White and volunteers with their new truck.
Local SES commander Bob White and volunteers with their new truck. BRUCE THOMAS

SES has more grunt

SHE’S big, fast and, with plenty of grunt to boot, she’s the deserved pride of the local rescue fleet.

Meet the latest addition at Coffs Harbour City SES – a new $100,000 rescue truck ready to respond to road crashes and other emergencies on the Coffs Coast.

“This truck replaces our former rescue truck which was 10-years-old,” said unit controller Bill Roffey.

“It’s faster, more efficient and better-equipped to respond to emergencies.

“We’ve gone from a single cab truck to a dual cab which can now carry seven crew on the road.”

The vehicle is complete with $100,000 worth of new gear issued to the unit in the past 12 months.

This includes heavy duty hydraulic cutters and spreaders with quick connections, generators and lights.

“This gear gives us much faster access to a vehicle and our new truck will also be used in our responses to floods and storms,” said SES local controller Bob White.

“The SES would be the best-equipped road crash rescue organisation in the state.”

Unit members spent many hours raising funds in the community so they could have a new rescue truck and donations were also vital to their cause.

In more developments for the local unit, their Park Avenue headquarters has been earmarked for a facelift to provide more room for training and operations.

The plans to extend the front of the building are with the city council at present for consideration.

And later this month, six members of the local unit will head to Melbourne where they will represent the NSW combined SES at the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation competition.

The 2011 titles will be held in New Zealand and our local SES will again be flying the flag in the competition.



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