SES new truck hopes get $60,000 boost
BALLINA SES unit controller Gerry Burnage's hopes of getting a new truck by Christmas were lifted yesterday by a $60,000 cheque.
NSW Emergency Services Minister Tony Kelly presented the cheque towards the $160,000 truck at the Ballina SES headquarters.
Late last year the unit launched the appeal to raise money for a new truck with a purpose-built body.
The appeal had $85,000 in the bank when the Minister arrived with the State Government's contribution.
The unit still has to raise $15,000.
“The Ballina unit plays an important role in the safety of our community,” Mr Burnage said.
“The addition of a reliable vehicle such as this will considerably boost our ability to respond to requests for assistance.”
Mr Burnage said the current truck, which is nearly 25 years old, was reaching the stage where parts were becoming hard to find, and was becoming unreliable.
He said plans for the new truck's custom-built body - designed for storage and easy access to the high-tech rescue gear - had been drawn up, and the unit was getting closer to the stage where the vehicle could be ordered.
The new truck would be used for emergencies across the shire.
However, its main role would be as the primary response vehicle for the unit's road crash rescue team, which is one of the busiest in the NSW.
Mr Burnage thanked the Minister and the community for their donations to the appeal.