New state-of-the-art SES emergency response trucks to hit the roads

State Emergency Service emergency response trucks

The South Australian government has announced the deployment of four new state-of-the-art emergency response trucks, valued at a total of $1 million.

In a boost to emergency response capabilities across South Australia, the state government has announced the deployment of four new state-of-the-art emergency response trucks, valued at a total of $1 million. These trucks, equipped with the latest tools and technology, are set to enhance the operational efficiency of the South Australian State Emergency Service (SASES) in both metropolitan and regional areas.

The Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services, Joe Szakacs MP, highlighted the importance of this investment, stating, “It’s important we continue to provide our SES volunteers with state-of-the-art trucks to help them deliver the best service to their local community.”

Each of the new trucks is outfitted with advanced emergency response equipment, including battery-operated cutters and spreaders, power tools, high-output lights, communications gear, and multipurpose ladders, ensuring that volunteers have access to the best tools in times of need. Two of these vehicles are specialized road crash rescue trucks destined for Barmera in the Riverland and the South Coast Service Unit in Port Elliot. The remaining two are general-purpose rescue vehicles that will be stationed at Prospect and Sturt in the metropolitan area.

This strategic deployment aims to replace older vehicles and infrastructure, ensuring that communities across South Australia continue to receive the highest level of support from their local SES units.

The procurement process for these vehicles underscores a commitment to local industry, with the cab chassis sourced from Adelaide-based North East Isuzu and the subsequent body builds and fit-outs conducted by South Australian fabrication business Agribits, according to SASES specifications.

Chris Beattie, Chief Officer of the SA SES, expressed his enthusiasm for the new additions, stating, “The new trucks will be delivered to Prospect, Barmera, Sturt and South Coast SASES Units in the coming days to help ensure our dedicated volunteers will continue to deliver an outstanding emergency response to their communities.” He further emphasized the significance of this investment in maintaining a modern fleet and enhancing the SES’s statewide response capability.

Each truck represents a $250,000 investment in community support, featuring the latest technological advances in rescue equipment. This not only enhances the capability of the SES units in Barmera and the South Coast but also ensures that the general-purpose vehicles for Sturt and Prospect are equipped to handle a wide range of emergency situations.

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