Volunteers welcome emergency donations

VICTORIAN State Emergency Service (VICSES) units at Leongatha and Foster received new equipment as part of the annual AAMI equipment grants program.

VICSES volunteers from the units attended an equipment presentation evening as part of the partnership with insurance company AAMI.

Val Bremner from Leongatha VICSES said the new equipment the unit received would help the community.

“An overall upgrade and update of unit equipment was required. The new LED lenser torches will greatly assist volunteers during night emergency situations and can be attached to helmets as needed, allowing volunteers to work faster to make scenes safe,” she said.

Leongatha VICSES has 41 volunteers and responded to 189 incidents in 2016-2017.

Foster VICSES volunteer David Bartley said new lighting equipment Foster VICSES unit received would help make incident scenes safer for emergency personnel and the public.

“An overall upgrade and update of unit equipment was needed. The new Pelican remote lighting system allows for faster set-up at an incident, which enables emergency scenes to be made safer sooner,” he said.

Foster VICSES unit has 25 volunteers and responded to 115 incidents in 2016-2017.

VICSES chief executive officer Stephen Griffin said, “The equipment funded by AAMI helps our 5000 volunteers provide a vital emergency service role in their local communities.”

As well as emergency response, VICSES volunteers educate and prepare their communities for natural hazards and undertake accredited training year-round to keep their skills sharp.

“We have provided more than 1700 pieces of new equipment to SES volunteers across Victoria. Equipment presented to units includes chainsaws, motorised hydraulic kits and remote area lighting,” Simone Taylor, AAMI customer engagement and sponsorships manager, said.

To learn more about SES and volunteering, visit: www.ses.vic.gov.au/volunteer

Illuminating gift: David Bartley of Foster State Emergency Service welcomed the donation of new lighting equipment by AAMI.

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