State of the art storm trucks to boost SES

Issued: 1 July 2015 

NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) volunteers have received new state-of-the-art trucks specifically designed to respond to storm emergencies and improve safety. 

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott, NSW SES Commissioner Adam Dent and NSW SES Deputy Commissioner Greg Newton officially handed over the keys to four storm trucks to volunteers from the Burwood, Randwick, Ku-ring-gai and Wyong units at a ceremony in Bankstown tonight. 

NSW SES volunteers at the Braidwood, Inverell, Taree, Forster Pacific Palms, Newcastle, Tamworth, Cowra, Canterbury and Goulburn units will also receive a new truck by mid-August, replacing vehicles up to 29 years old. 

The four trucks, valued at a total of $820,000, all feature a 6-metre mast with LED lights, hydraulic generator, protection bar fitted with a winch and will be able to respond to flood rescues and storm emergencies such as roof and large tree operations as well as land searches. 

"The storm trucks will ensure volunteers are responding to calls for assistance by local communities in state-of-the-art vehicles equipped for the challenging roles they perform and with safety at the core of the design," Mr Elliott said. 

NSW SES Commissioner Adam Dent said the trucks set the benchmark for storm response vehicles in Australia. 

"These vehicles will boost our capacity to respond to natural disasters and are the result of hard work and collaboration between community volunteers and Government in developing the best design," Mr Dent said. 

The design and purchase of the new trucks is part of a $46 million five-year project to ensure the SES fleet is safe, well maintained and fit for purpose. 

The project - the largest in SES history - started in 2012 and has resulted in the agency acquiring ownership of all its operational fleet from councils to standardise maintenance and design and also improve safety and reliability for volunteers.