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The NSW SES last year responded to over 32,000 requests for assistance and performed over 750 flood rescues across the state.

In recognition of the vital work that the SES do in our community in times of emergency, especially in flood and fire the government has seen fit to continue funding this essential community service run by local volunteers.

Following last years Cyclone Debbie, that caused devastation across the region, it was announced yesterday that over the next 12 months Lismore electorate will receive a number vehicle and marine vessels as part of the four year $54.6 million roll out for the state.

Lismore SES unit will receive a medium rescue vehicle and two Gemini FRB 550 flood boats; Murwillumbah will receive a medium rescue vehicle and a Gemini FRB 550 flood boat; Urbenville will receive a light rescue vehicle; Tabulam a medium rescue vehicle and two Gemini FRB 550 flood boats and Tenterfield a light storm vehicle.

Over the four year roll out nearly 500 new vehicles, marine vessels and trailers will be provided for local SES units to better support local communities in times of floods, storms and other emergencies.

‘Across the state our volunteers in orange answer the call for assistance at a moment’s notice and we want to ensure they have top notch resources at the ready,’ said member for Lismore, Thomas George.

From 2012-2017 the NSW Government invested $46 million for the procurement, maintenance and control of the 637 strong SES operational vehicle fleet.

This Operational Fleet Replacement Program will continue to replace SES vehicles and also fund the purchase of equipment inventory, marine vessels and trailers.

The funding will enable the provision of 269 vehicles, 124 marine vessels, and 95 trailers. In 2018-19, 77 vehicles, 37 marine vessels and 30 trailers will be delivered.

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said that the community can feel confident their NSW SES volunteers will remain well-equipped.

‘The work of SES volunteers is vital and as a Government we will continue to back them with the tools they need for their important work,’ Mr Grant said.

‘Our tireless volunteers deserve vehicles and equipment that ensures their lifesaving tasks are performed safely with maximum efficiency and in minimum time.

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