STAWELL - Support for the Stawell State Emergency Service Unit from insurer AAMI has continued with the provision of new equipment.
Over the past 11 years each of Victoria's 152 State Emergency Service Units have received a boost in operational equipment as part of AAMI's ongoing sponsorship.
Throughout their partnership AAMI has contributed more than $3.1 million to SES for the purchase of operational equipment which improves the capacity of 5500 volunteers to serve their local communities.
"Making sure Victoria SES is equipped to continue their life saving work is extremely important. The donation of equipment by AAMI helps Victoria SES to manage emergency situations efficiently, saving time and saving lives," AAMI Executive Manager for Sponsorship, John Bennetts said.
"The strong community culture among Victoria SES volunteers matches the approach AAMI has made to creating safer community programs. AAMI is very proud of 11 years of partnership with the Victoria SES."
The Mid West Region of SES consists of 15 units with over 500 volunteers and covers a response area of 48,600 square kilometres. Volunteers responded to over 1,571 requests for assistance in the past year including 1,120 storm requests and 90 rescues.
As part of the annual equipment program AAMI provided Stawell SES Unit with five power cord reels, two power cord reel brackets, one submersible pump, one small protection kit and one cordless rotary (28 volt).
"As technology improves and innovation provides more advanced emergency equipment, AAMI will ensure Victoria SES has access to the best tools for the life saving job they perform," Mr Bennetts said.
Jenny Rooke and Alan Blight from Stawell SES Unit thanked AAMI for its continued support.
"We are thrilled with AAMI's contribution and eagerly look forward to the equipment program each year. Receiving equipment based on our units specific requirements ensures both our volunteers and the local community get the support where they need it most," Ms Rooke said.
Rupanyup SES Unit has received one small chainsaw, one PALS (Remote Lighting), two acrow props, six traffic wands and one packexe refill.
St Arnaud SES Unit will be provided with two Jackson weatherproof boxes, one half spine board, one spine board strap set, one E-flare kit, one glass management kit and a packexe smash kit.