Official Media Release

Michael Johnsen Unveils New Rescue Vehicle For Ellerston RFS Volunteers

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today unveiled a new light rescue vehicle whilst handing it over to the Ellerston Brigade of the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) on behalf of the NSW Government.

Joining with NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM at Ellerston Club, Mr Johnsen said the vehicle is the first of its kind within the NSW RFS.

“The new vehicle is worth more than $120,000 and will provide our local members with greater ability when responding to serious car accidents in the area,” Mr Johnsen said.

“This investment in the Ellerston community ensures our local volunteers have the necessary equipment to help save lives.”

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said that this is the first light rescue vehicle in the NSW RFS fleet to specifically deliver road crash rescue services.

“The NSW RFS continues to enhance its capability in providing general land and road crash rescue services to isolated communities across NSW,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

“This purpose-built vehicle features off-road capability with heavy duty hydraulic cutting equipment to perform rescue operations.”

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said that the introduction of ‘road crash rescue’ in this area ensures that a greater level of service can be provided to residents and visitors to the area.

“Previously, those who had a serious car accident in the area would have to wait more than an hour for the closest rescue vehicle to arrive. This time will be dramatically reduced with the introduction of this new vehicle and accreditation of the Ellerston Brigade.

“The community should take comfort in the fact that our highly skilled volunteers can now provide an even greater level of protection and service to them.”

Commissioner Fitzsimmons said the NSW RFS, working cooperatively with state and local governments, is committed to providing volunteer firefighters with the vehicles and equipment they need to carry out their roles safely and effectively.

“These men and women remain on-hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we should be extremely proud and grateful for their contribution,” Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.

Mr Johnsen continued, expressing pride in the fact that the Upper Hunter Electorate is the first electorate in NSW to receive such a vehicle.

“As a returned member of the Nationals in Government, it is satisfying to see our Upper Hunter electorate benefit from the good policy and financial decisions of the last two terms.

“I would like to join with Commissioner Fitzsimmons in thanking the members of our Ellerston Brigade for their continued commitment to protecting our local communities, our families and friends in Upper Hunter,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

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