Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole on Friday officially presented NSW SES volunteers from the Bathurst electorate with four brand new emergency response vehicles.

Mr Toole said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to providing the State’s emergency service agencies with the state-of-the-art equipment they need to keep communities safe.

“NSW SES Volunteers from the Bathurst, Lithgow, Portland City and Oberon Units will benefit from this $870,000 investment,” Mr Toole said.

“This is one of many initiatives the NSW Government is investing in to ensure our NSW SES volunteers have the resources they need to keep communities safe.”

Mr Toole said these new appliances will mean local volunteers in Oberon can respond to emergencies quickly and efficiently.

Our volunteers sacrifice time with family, friends, and paid employment for the greater good. The least we can do is make sure they have the necessary equipment to carry out their lifesaving work,” Mr Toole said.

“Over the past 12 months, NSW SES volunteers within the Central West Region have responded to over 2,300 calls for help during storms, floods and other major weather events. They have contributed over 116,400 volunteer hours of service in responding to calls for help, updating their training and attending community events.

NSW SES Region Controller Craig Ronan said the new vehicles have been specifically designed by the SES to maximise emergency response capability.

“Having state-of-the-art vehicles like these ensures our highly-skilled NSW SES volunteers are ready and able to assist in the event of storms, floods, and rescue operations,” said Mr Ronan.