Power tools, solar panel blankets and rescue training mannequins were just some of the new equipment handed over to State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers in Toowoomba today.
Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford said the South West region received nearly $15,000 worth of equipment under the Energising Queensland program.
“Through the successful partnership between the SES and our state-owned energy providers, we have delivered $200,000 in new equipment right across the state,” Mr Crawford said.
“We know how unforgiving last year’s bushfires were on the Darling Downs, particularly around Crows Nest and Ravensbourne.
“Behind every emergency response is an army of men and women in orange, and today we ensure they are equipped to face whatever comes next.
“I thank Energy Queensland and Powerlink Queensland for their ongoing support of not only helps our volunteers, but the Queenslanders they protect.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) Assistant Commissioner Andrew Short said the region’s volunteers would put the equipment to good use to support their communities.
“This equipment will play a vital role in assisting them to train for and respond to all emergency situations, no matter the conditions,” he said.
“Our nearly 150 local SES volunteers have always shown great dedication, most recently in assisting firefighters during the major fires at Pechey.
“Between 1 July 2019 and 31 January 2020, they volunteered more than 3,800 hour in operational response and 6,500 in training, administration, public education and other tasks.”
Powerlink Queensland Interim Chief Executive Kevin Kehl said Powerlink was delighted to support SES volunteers.
“Powerlink sees first-hand the vital contribution SES volunteers make to help keep communities safe during severe weather events and other emergency situations,” Mr Kehl said.
“Powerlink is proud to continue this partnership with Energy Queensland to deliver vital equipment that makes a positive difference.”