Ballina SES deputy local controller Rob Noble examines the rear of their heavy response unit.
Ballina SES deputy local controller Rob Noble examines the rear of their heavy response unit.

Jaws of life on hit list at SES

By DAWN COHEN and BREE PRICE

THE jaws of life will rescue Ballina, but only with your help.

Ballina SES is conducting a month-long effort to raise about $2500 needed to purchase equipment used to release passengers trapped in vehicles.

Local deputy controller Rob Noble said one of the main goals of the fundraising would be to fit the primary rescue vehicle with an air compressor.

"In a critical situation it takes time to pull out an air compressor and generator and hook it up," he said.

"If attached to the truck we can just put the line in and fill the air bags used for jacking and lifting things up."

Ballina SES volunteer David McKenzie said more equipment was vital.

"The SES handles the majority of general rescue efforts in Ballina," he said.

"Because of the high number of road accidents in this region, especially on the Pacific Highway, it is very important for us to have access to speciality rescue equipment."

Ampol Pied Piper and Caltex Star Big Prawn have each donated $500 in Caltex StarCash to assist the organisation in its fundraising.

Call 6686 3725 for information on donating.



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