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Equipment upgrade for Somerset SES

New equipment for local SES units.

Published: 12th October 2021

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann was joined by QFES Acting Regional Manager, South-East Region, Mark Kelly, and representatives of QFES, SES and Somerset Regional Council late last month to mark the arrival of new equipment for local SES units.

A new 5.3m Swift monohull flood rescue boat replaces the smaller Horizon 4600VP flood boat operated by the Toogoolawah SES group since 2004, and a new 4WD Ford Ranger crew cab replaces a 1994 Dyna 300 truck based at Kilcoy SES headquarters.

Mayor Lehmann thanked the QFES for their contribution to the equipment and for the excellent working relationship that has been forged between QFES, SES, Council and community.

“With “flood boat response” as one of Toogoolawah SES Group’s functions in the QFES / Somerset Regional Council Memorandum of Understanding, this new boat ensures that Toogoolawah SES flood boat operators can continue to provide a vital service when called on by residents or other emergency service agencies during severe flooding or emergencies that require a reliable marine-based response,” he said.

“The boat and trailer have been fully funded by QFES at a value of approximately $94,000, while the crew cab was jointly funded through a Council contribution of $48,500 and a Queensland government QFES equipment grant of $20,000.  Council will continue to take care of ongoing costs of the boat and vehicle with the exception of registration, which QFES covers for the life of each asset,” Mayor Lehman said.

The new Ford Ranger 4WD crew cab has a custom-built service pod (canopy) for carrying emergency equipment, and the boat has a carrying capacity of eight persons, including two crew, and is powered by a 85kW (115hp) Yamaha outboard motor. 

 

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QFES SES Boat and 4WD:  Mark Kelly -  Acting Regional Manager, SE Region, QFES, Danielle Cawte from Toogoolawah SES, Andy Bickerton, Local Controller, Somerset SES Unit, Vincent Schade, Group Leader, Toogoolawah SES Group and Mayor Graeme Lehmann inspect the new SES equipment.

 

 

 

QFES SES Group:  On hand to view the new SES equipment recently were Mark Kelly -  Acting Regional Manager, SE Region, QFES, Tim Burchmann - Inspector, Lockyer Somerset Command, Fire and Rescue, QFES, Danielle Cawte - Toogoolawah SES, Jay Papatriandaphilou - Deputy Group Leader, Kilcoy SES Group, Andy Bickerton - Local Controller, Somerset SES Unit, Mayor Graeme Lehmann, Paul Williams – Deputy Local Controller (Training and Operations), Somerset SES Unit, Penny Butler – Group Leader, Kilcoy SES Group, Daniel Giddins – Acting Group Leader, Lowood SES Group and Vincent Schade, Group Leader, Toogoolawah SES Group.

 

 

 

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