New wheels for Fairfield SES unit

Terrific truck: Fairfield SES commander Les Milne officially gets the keys for their new truck on Friday. Picture: Simon Bennett

Terrific truck: Fairfield SES commander Les Milne officially gets the keys for their new truck on Friday. Picture: Simon Bennett

Fairfield SES commander Les Milne said their new rescue vehicle has made them “more efficient” in the event of an emergency.

Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant visited the Fairfield crew at their Canley Vale headquarters on Friday to officially hand over the keys to the new vehicle.

“The new vehicle has everything on board the rescue people need. It makes us able to respond to incidents more efficiently,” Mr Milne said.

“We have had the vehicle for three months and it’s good to have the confidence you can jump into a vehicle and have everything you need to respond to an incident.”  

Mr Milne said the new vehicle replaces their 20-year-old truck and brings their motor fleet to eight. They also have two boats.

He said the new vehicle would benefit them when they are responding to local and interstate jobs. 

“Sometime we have to jump into a vehicle and head interstate or to Dubbo or Coffs Harbour and it’s good to know you can have full confidence knowing it will get you there and back,” he said.

The Fairfield SES unit contains 80 volunteers and they have responded to 300 calls since Christmas – or on average two or three a week.

The last major incident in the Fairfield area came in June 2016 when the area was swept with devastating floods.

The SES are often the first on the scene to lend a hand to the community during times of disasters. 

Volunteers are trained in skills such as first aid, general rescue, storm damage, chain saw operation, administration and flood boat operation.

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