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New SES truck increases emergency capability

Posted on October 20, 2017
The Bayswater SES recently received a new 12 tonne flatbed truck valued at $180,000.

The truck was purchased with funding provided by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and a grant obtained by the City of Bayswater, through the Local Government Grants Scheme (LGGS).

The specially designed vehicle was built by DFES to facilitate emergency logistical support to metropolitan WA and surrounding regions.

It is equipped with a crane to make delivering equipment such as sandbags and tarps easier during an emergency.

The new truck will mean greater efficiency for the SES in times of emergency such as storms, earthquakes, cyclones or floods - it more than doubles the lift capacity of the old truck.

Mayor Barry McKenna said the City was proud to work so closely with the SES.

"This new vehicle allows our incredibly hard working SES volunteers to respond to emergencies much more efficiently - they play a very important role in protecting the City in times of emergency," he said.

"In the event of a natural disaster or emergency situation having the best possible equipment to do the job is vitally important to the SES and this truck replaces a much older vehicle.

"The new truck will ensure that in the event of an emergency the SES are present as soon as possible to lend a hand to those in need."

The SES provides a range of volunteer services to help the community cope with the impact of natural disasters or emergency situations.

The Bayswater SES is unique in the metropolitan area as it also houses a DFES storm cache - which provides much needed supplies to other SES units in Perth.

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