Thargomindah State Emergency Services (SES) Group will be better-equipped to respond to emergencies after the official handover of a new $88,000 5.2m flood boat and trailer to the Bulloo Shire Council Chambers this week.
The new Queensland-made Swift Marine boat was funded by the SES through its Flood Boat Replacement Program.
The new boat can carry a heavier load and can also be relied upon to complete medical movements ensuring the safety and security of locals which is a win for the local community.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner for the SES Peter Jeffrey says the new boat will be a boost to the Thargomindah SES Group and will mean members can continue to provide vital rescue and supply services to the township.
“This new vessel means that the ready and willing SES volunteers from the Thargomindah Group have the ability to help locals during difficult and challenging times with storm damage, incident management and specialist flood rescues.
ASISTANT Commissioner Jeffery also took time to thank the 18 members in the Thargomindah Group for their commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of locals and visitors.
“I would like to thank our many partners and supporters, including the Bulloo Shire Council, who support the SES volunteers in retaining their competencies in flood boats, road crash rescue, working at heights and continue providing such an important service in Thargomindah.”