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SES Corio's new wheels

Published 20/05/2013

Victoria State Emergency Service's (SES) Corio Unit has taken possession of a new four-wheel-drive vehicle, funded by a grant from the Lara District Community Bendigo Bank Branch.

The Lara District Community Bank Branch returns a percentage of its profits back in to the local groups and organisations - giving more than $200,000 since opening in 2009. SES Corio receive their new wheels

Branch Manager Damien Foster said Victoria SES played a vital role in Corio, Lara and surrounding suburbs every day.

"They are first on the scene to assist and help people when they need it most," he said.

"Having seen first-hand how much the Corio Unit contributes, (we) wanted to assist the Corio SES to enable them to be best equipped."

The Lara District Branch donated $25,000 towards the cost of the new vehicle.

Corio SES includes 25 volunteers who respond to storm and flood emergencies, assist other emergency services and units and undertake community education activities to create an engaged, prepared community, such as visiting local schools and events.

Unit controller Jason Maxwell said that the unit's response area contained undulating terrain that would make the new four-wheel-drive vehicle especially valuable.

“We are overwhelmed with Lara District Community Bank's contribution. The new vehicle will allow our unit to respond to emergencies in remote areas of bushland, assisting the unit's capability in responding to storm and flood requests as well as assisting throughout Victoria.”