$3.7m to boost SES disaster response

Published 12:00pm 4 June 2024

$3.7m to boost SES disaster response
Words by Nadia Chapman

The State Government has announced a $3.7 million boost to disaster response and recovery with support for 60 Queensland SES groups, including several from the City of Moreton Bay.

The funding is part of the SES Support Grant Program through the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES).

There will be more than $248,000 for new vehicles for Arana Hills, Bribie Island Deception Bay, Redcliffe and Woodford SES groups, and $150,000 for facility upgrades for the Caboolture, Petrie, Redcliffe and Woodford SES.

State Emergency Service Chief Officer Mark Armstrong says: “Our volunteers and staff are extremely dedicated to the work they do, especially during times of disaster.

“Extra vehicles and facility upgrades will be a huge benefit to the SES volunteers as well as the local communities receiving this important equipment.

“Upgraded and advanced tools will not only help bolster our efforts in keeping the community safe but will ensure our volunteers feel safe as well.”

QFES Commissioner Steve Smith says upgrades are essential to deal with Queensland’s climate extremes.

“The assistance and support provided by our volunteers during this year’s demanding severe weather season exemplifies the importance of a well-funded and well-equipped State Emergency Service,” he says.

“With Queensland being a state of climate extremes, it is critical that SES groups are armed with essential state-of-the-art equipment necessary for effective disaster response.

“These grants demonstrate the high regard with which Queenslanders hold the orange army and is a testament to the lasting positive impact the SES has on local communities.”

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