Beachgoers will feel that little bit safer taking a plunge with the delivery of a new emergency response 4WD vehicle and jetski for the Mid-North Coast branch of Surf Life Saving NSW
The branch extends from the Camden Haven through to Macksville-Scotts Head.
The 4WD and jetski will be housed at the NSW northern operations centre on Central Road, Port Macquarie.
Branch director surf life saving Paul Rayner says the vehicle will be fully kitted out with life saving equipment.
"All 11 branches within NSW are now recognised as an emergency service," he said.
"That brings with it a substantial amount of money to ensure our available response equipment is up to standard.
"Every branch in NSW will receive a new jetski and the new vehicle. This will ensure our operations and response teams are even more professional."
Mr Rayner said the equipment will be available to all duty officers within the branch.
The vehicle is fully equipment with life saving equipment, rescue boards and tubes, oxy-viver and defibrillator.
The improved equipment will ensure the duty officers and volunteers continue their high visibility on beaches within the branch.
The branch director said volunteers within the branch and in the response teams were well trained and highly professional.
Our people are second to none in training, including down to mental health first aid and training for emotional debriefings after incidents occur.Paul Rayner
"Our people are second to none in training, including down to mental health first aid and training for emotional debriefings after incidents occur," he added.
The vehicle and jetski will also be utilised in educational training within the community.
Surf Life Saving NSW media and communications manager Donna Wishart said the jetski and vehicle is a welcome boost to the support operations activities within each branch.
"The equipment will be used by surf life savers when they attend an incident away from the traditional patrol," she said.
"This includes our duty officers and their call-out teams and first responders.
"Prior to this injection of equipment, branches had to cobble together the gear through grant applications to help purchase this specialist gear.
"There is around $1m of government funding within the first roll out of gear, with more funding and equipment to come."
The new jetski and vehicle should arrive on the Mid-North Coast in time for the start of the patrol season which kicks off on Saturday September 28.
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