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Partnership to help protect Queenslanders

Published: 19 Oct 2017 9:53am

Ergon Energy is calling on local State Emergency Service (SES) groups to apply for grants to purchase vital emergency equipment through the Energising Qld SES Equipment Program.

Ergon Energy and Energex, through parent company Energy Queensland, have joined forces with Powerlink to provide $200,000 in grants for SES groups to purchase equipment to help them protect Queenslanders when they need it most.

Energy Queensland CEO David Smales said Energex and Ergon field staff often work alongside SES volunteers in disaster response situations and many Energy Queensland staff in regional Queensland are SES volunteers.

“When disasters strike Queensland, our crews are often seen working shoulder to shoulder with SES volunteers with one goal – to assist with community recovery,” Mr Smales said.

“No doubt this summer our crews will again be working with SES volunteers so we are very happy to provide this financial assistance for the purchase of new equipment ultimately for the benefit of the community.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services SES Assistant Commissioner Peter Jeffrey said SES volunteers are ready and willing to help communities around Queensland during difficult and challenging times.

“This specialist equipment will mean our SES volunteers can continue to provide assistance to residents with storm damage, land search, road crash rescue, vertical rescue, flood boats, traffic management, agency support, incident management and specialist rescue,” Mr Jeffrey said.

“When severe weather events and emergencies occur, our SES volunteers are a welcome and comforting sight to Queenslanders in need and it is great to see them given the tools they need to fulfil their roles.”

SES groups can find out more about the grants through the SES Volunteer Portal or their Regional Office.

Media Contact: Rod Rehbein
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