October 9, 2015
SES volunteers will benefit from a new sponsorship deal with Ergon Energy, Energex and Powerlink.
The $200,000 funding agreement, which will provide new equipment for SES units throughout Queensland, was launched in Brisbane on Friday.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Services Volunteers Mike Wassing said it marked a special collaboration between the Queensland SES and the three energy corporations.
“Queensland’s 5900 SES volunteers are everyday heroes who pride themselves on being there for the community when disaster strikes,” Mr Wassing said.
“On many occasions our volunteers work side-by-side with operational personnel from Energex, Ergon and Powerlink to assist vulnerable members of the community.
“That frontline teamwork and collaboration between the agencies during operational responses has inspired this special funding.”
Ergon Chief Executive Ian McLeod said the company had a long and personal association with the SES.
“Many of our staff, who live and work in regional Queensland, are also SES volunteers and play a vital role during disaster response or other situations requiring SES assistance,” Mr McLeod said.
“They are there for Ergon, our customers and for the SES and their communities in which they live.”