Energex and Ergon (part of the Energy Queensland group) and Powerlink - SES Supporting Partners
Energy companies are Energising Queensland SES thanks to an equipment boost.
The generous support from Energy Queensland (through Energex
and Ergon Energy) and Powerlink Queensland has seen $200,000 worth of equipment
available to frontline Queensland SES volunteers.
Under the Energising Queensland SES Equipment Program, SES Groups
throughout Queensland received resuscitation equipment, pole saws, generators,
chainsaws, stretchers, emergency lighting equipment, vehicle accessories and
other tools to help them provide additional support for the community.
The 2019-20 program is a continuation of support from
2017-2018 and Deputy Commissioner Mike Wassing thanked the energy providers for
their ongoing commitment to the SES in Queensland.
"The disaster response equipment provided to SES Groups
by Energy Qld and Powerlink Qld has been a welcome addition to frontline
emergency toolkits," Mr Wassing said.
"SES volunteers are on call 24-7, ready to help their
communities whenever they are needed; these valued volunteers — with families,
jobs and commitments like anyone else — give up their time to be there to lend
a hand when people are doing it tough.
"It is great to see that the incredible contribution
SES volunteers make in Queensland is recognised and appreciated."
Powerlink Queensland Interim Chief Executive, Kevin Kehl
said the partnership with SES supported local communities when they needed it
“Powerlink sees first-hand
the vital contribution SES volunteers make to help keep communities safe during
severe weather events and other emergency situations,” Mr Kehl said.
Energy Queensland (Energex and Ergon) Acting CEO Peter Scott
said Energy Queensland was pleased to partner with Powerlink to deliver the
Together we contend with storms, floods, fires and cyclones
but we all have a single goal – to assist the affected communities prepare for
and recover from such emergencies.
“And what our crews always relay to me is what a pleasure it
is to work shoulder to shoulder with the SES volunteers and the great work they
do in assisting us to get the power up and running faster.
“That’s why we’re always keen to thank them in return by
providing them new equipment to make their roles a little easier while they’re
providing vital support to all Queenslanders during disaster events.”