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Powerful help opens to SES groups statewide

Published: 4 Feb 2016 9:11am

SES groups across Queensland can now access vital new emergency equipment thanks to a joint sponsorship deal supported by Ergon Energy, Energex and Powerlink Queensland.

The partnership has seen Ergon Energy, Energex and Powerlink Queensland join forces to offer $200,000 in equipment funding.

Applications are now open for SES groups to buy specific equipment used in the frontline of post-disaster or emergency response.

Items available through the funding include generators, emergency lighting equipment, chainsaws, pole saws, basket stretchers and specialist emergency packs.

With personnel from the electricity industry often working side-by-side with SES volunteers following disasters or community emergencies, the funding provides valuable recognition of an existing informal comradery.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Services Volunteers, Mike Wassing, said Queensland’s 6,100 volunteers will be able to purchase important equipment to further enhance their responses to severe weather events in Queensland.

“That frontline teamwork and collaboration between the agencies during operational responses has inspired this special funding,” Mr Wassing said.

Queenslanders helping each other are a proud part of the reality brought by summer storms, cyclones or flooding according to Ergon’s Chief Executive Ian McLeod.

Mr McLeod said the company also had a long and personal association with the SES through its employees over years.

“Many of our staff who live and work in regional Queensland are also SES volunteers and play a vital role during disaster response or other situations requiring SES assistance.

“They are there for Ergon, our customers and for the SES in their communities,” he said.

Energex Chief Executive Officer Terry Effeney said: “No matter which uniform is being worn during emergency events – SES, Energex, Ergon, or Powerlink - and whether the person is a volunteer or a paid worker, everyone bands together to get the local communities across Queensland back on their feet.

“And that is why - when this partnership was first suggested - it was an obvious fit for all the groups involved.”

The sponsorship is the first joint partnership of its kind for Queensland’s three government-owned electricity entities.

Applications for a share in the funding close on February 15. For further information on the equipment program visit: http://www.emergency.qld.gov.au/ses/our-partners/Energex-Ergon-Powerlink.html or contact SES logistics on 07 3635 3434 or SES.Logistics@qfes.qld.gov.au

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