ACTSES vehicle fleet upgrade complete

Released 20/12/2013

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, today handed over the keys to five new vehicles, fitted with the latest technical equipment to respond to a severe storm event, to the ACT State Emergency Service.

"The introduction of these new vehicles will greatly enhance the operational capability of the ACTSES," Mr Corbell said.

"The Territory's six field based SES Units can now each stand up two fully capable storm response teams," he said.

It is a timely Christmas present for the ACTSES as volunteers responded to 40 call outs for help on Christmas Eve last year.

Mr Corbell said the two Storm Response Iveco Trucks and three 4x4 Specialist Vehicles will be in use from today.

"Both vehicles have the latest in telecommunications equipment for computer aided dispatch and operational radio communications," Mr Corbell said.

The five new vehicles represent more than half a million dollars investment in the ACTSES response capability.

The Storm Response Truck is equipped with a new tool box and has the capacity to store four chainsaws. It also has an increased pumping capability and hazard lighting.
"SES counterparts in New South Wales and Tasmania provided advice regarding the design of the storm response trucks and local volunteers were also extensively involved," Mr Corbell said. 

"Working groups were established to test the vehicles in operational conditions, with members of the Majura and Woden SES units modifying them slightly to suit the increased storm response equipment carried by ACTSES," he said.

The 4x4 specialist vehicles, which are replacing older vehicles in the fleet, have a heavy tow capacity, rear storage for sandbags and flood barriers along with full length roof racks capable of carrying a variety of ladders and stretchers.

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