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Mildura SES to the rescue

Published 17/01/2013

Victoria State Emergency Service's Mildura Unit now has even greater search and rescue capabilities, with a new $139,000 light rescue truck handed over by Member for Mildura Peter Crisp today.

Representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Peter Ryan, Mr Crisp said the 2012 Mercedes Sprinter truck will help the unit provide even better protection and response to emergencies in the Mildura community.

“Mildura SES should be commended after some very busy years, responding to 140 requests for assistance last year,  the 2011 floods and two major search operations, all having a big impact on the local community,” Mr Crisp said.

“The light rescue truck will become an invaluable vehicle in the Mildura SES fleet, which previously has had to rely on a four-wheel-drive ute with a trailer.

“The vehicle will provide a vital resource for responding to storms, road crashes and other emergencies such as floods.

“As Mildura’s second rescue vehicle in its fleet, another of its benefits is much greater storage capacity for equipment, so the unit is well prepared to respond to emergencies swiftly and efficiently.

“The Mildura SES is vital in times of storm, flood and road rescues, as well as being an active member in the local community, helping with trauma support, emergency management and road safety.”

Mr Ryan praised the efforts of the 30 volunteers at Mildura SES who helped raise part of the funding for the new light rescue truck.

“The Victorian Government is pleased to have worked with Mildura SES to deliver the new truck, by working together through the Victorian Emergency Services Equipment Program grants,” he said.

“In 2012-13, the acquisition of emergency services’ vehicles, operational equipment and amenities upgrades will be supported through $11.95 million in Victorian Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grants.

“The unit has done an excellent job by raising a remarkable $46,353 towards the purchase of the new truck, along with the government’s $92,700 contribution.

“The State Government recognises the important role emergency service volunteers play, and will continue to support them.”