Training boost for Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue volunteers

Issued: 6 June 2017

Media release - Minister for Emergency Services

Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie will receive a $7,500 grant to provide more volunteers with rescue training, Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant announced today.

The grant is part of the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme, which supports the recruitment, training and retention of emergency services volunteers, and will enable five unit members to undertake a Certificate IV Training and Assessment Course.

Mr Grant met with local Marine Rescue members at the unit's radio base at Swansea Heads this afternoon and thanked them for their commitment to serving the community in such an important way.

"This grant will allow more volunteers to become qualified trainers and assessors, allowing them to deliver Marine Rescue NSW's nationally-recognised and accredited training to their fellow members," Mr Grant said.

"Marine Rescue NSW training covers subjects including first aid, sea survival, and marine radio and rescue vessel operations.

"The NSW Government is absolutely committed to investing in our volunteers, and ensuring emergency services personnel in every agency have access to the best possible training to keep the rest of us safe.

"Not only do our volunteers sacrifice time with their family and friends to respond to emergencies, but they also dedicate additional time to training and up-skilling in order to perform their duties safely and effectively.

"Their dedication and service above self sets the finest example for us all, and we owe them an enormous debt of gratitude."

This year Marine Rescue NSW has received nearly $476,000 in funding for 13 projects as part of the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme. Volunteers have benefited from firefighting, first aid and sea survival training equipment, updated training facilities and Marine Rescue's two-yearly Leadership Conference.