​Boost for Marine Rescue volunteers recruitment and training in Port Stephens

Issued: 7 June 2017

Media release - Minister for Emergency Services

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today officially presented the Marine Rescue Port Stephens Unit with a suite of first aid training equipment as part of a $12,800 recruitment and skills grant.

The grant was provided under the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme (EVSS), which supports the recruitment, training and retention of emergency services volunteers.

Mr Grant inspected the equipment, worth a total of $6,000, during a visit to the unit base in Nelson Bay.

"I announced this important funding boost at Marine Rescue Headquarters in April, so I am delighted to see firsthand the range of equipment that has been purchased to assist Port Stephens volunteers in carrying out their duties," Mr Grant said.

"The remaining $6,800 will be invested in the recruitment of more volunteers for this extremely busy unit.

"Over the past year alone, rescue crews in Port Stephens have responded to 200 incidents, including almost 30 life-threatening emergencies.

"This grant will help the unit recruit more members so we can continue to rely on Marine Rescue to monitor our waterways and keep the community safe for generations to come." 

The equipment purchased with the EVSS grant includes: 

  • An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and training kit; 
  • A resuscitation training kit containing oxygen therapy equipment, first aid supplies, and an oxygen bottle regulator; 
  • Four adult and four child CPR mannequins fitted with LED lights to indicate correct compressions; and
  • A first aid supplies training kit with safety shears, bandages and gloves.

This year Marine Rescue NSW has received more than $476,000 in EVSS grant funding for 13 projects to support its volunteers with new equipment, enhanced training facilities and the two-yearly Marine Rescue Leadership Conference.