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Whitsunday Regional Council has continued its support for the local State Emergency Service (SES) with the purchase of an All -Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and trailer to the value of $25,000.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the ATV unit will be based in Cannonvale however will be a valuable resource for the SES in coordinating search and rescue operations across the entire Whitsunday Region.
“The narrow width of the Honda Pioneer 500 will enhance the SES operational capability and give our local SES volunteers the ability to get into places they have only been able to access on foot in the past such as our beaches, walking tracks and national parks,” Cr Willcox said.
“This will provide significant assistance to both the Queensland Police Service and the Queensland Ambulance Service to reach people in distress quicker and in a safer manner; it is a fantastic asset to have in our community.”
Local Whitsunday SES Controller Mark Connors said there have been numerous operations where the ATV would have proved a faster, more efficient, means of providing assistance to lost or injured persons.
“We are very grateful for Council’s support in purchasing this vehicle.”
The ATV is currently ready for use at any stage by the local SES should the need arise.