Wednesday, July 24, 2024

$10m infrastructure upgrades for emergency frontline

The Tasmanian Government has announced it will invest $10 million to upgrade TFES volunteer infrastructure, including $2 million to upgrade the SES vehicle fleet.

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management, Felix Ellis (pictured with an SES volunteer for the funding announcement) said the Government was committed to investing in contemporary infrastructure to support the SES and TFS emergency services throughout Tasmania.

“We know how critical it is to equip our volunteer fire and emergency workers with the infrastructure they need to do what they do best – protecting Tasmanians,” Minister Ellis said.

“Today we are joined by the SES on the North-West Coast to showcase one of the upgraded vehicles as part of our commitment to supporting emergency services through infrastructure investments.”

The Minister said the new vehicles are custom-designed and fabricated by DPFEM’s talented Engineering and Fleet Services in Cambridge to suit the needs of SES responders to provide first class rescue services to the region.

“Upgrading the SES vehicle fleet was identified as a priority in consultation with SES and TFS volunteers and this investment is assisting with fleet modernisation,” he said.

“SES volunteers primarily provide on-the-ground support in emergencies such as flood and storm, and these upgrades will allow our members to continue to provide that support.

“By upgrading the SES vehicle fleet, the Rockliff Liberal Government is ensuring our members have access to the best possible vehicles and equipment that allows them to continue helping our community when in need and supporting our emergency service partners.”

There are more than 5,400 SES and TFS volunteers in Tasmania.

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