The State Emergency Service is well known for assisting during and after major incidents including floods, storms and missing people searches.
However, this week it was the SES who was receiving a helping hand from the Glencore Mount Isa Mines Community Assistance Program with the official handover of a new $20,000 storm damage trailer at the SES Facility on Ryan Road.
The purpose-built trailer is fitted out with weatherproof lockers to keep essential equipment such as height safety equipment, chainsaws, PPE, and consumables as well as power tools at members fingertips when out in the field.
Adrian Herbert, Smelting and Refining General Manager, Glencore Queensland Metals said the SES identified a need for a Storm Damage Operations Trailer.
"As we come into the wet season, the trailer will be useful for improved response times, and improved capabilities of the response team," Mr Herbert said.
"We're committed to supporting community development initiatives, like the SES, that build capacity of emergency services, and improve emergency response outcomes in north west communities."
David Muston, Local Controller for Mount Isa SES said the trailer will greatly benefit members and will help residents through improved service delivery.
"By having all equipment needed for their normal tasks at hand, it ensures that the volunteers can work safely and efficiently," Mr Muston said.
"This also means at the end of the day the jobs are completed quicker and all their equipment is stored back in the trailer avoiding a 30-minute pack down at the depot."
The community can also help out by preparing themselves for storm and fire season. Cleaning the gutters to your home and check the roof for loose sheets or damage, removing loose objects and clearing overgrown vegetation from around the home, and ensuring your emergency kit including torch, radio and first aid is available and in good condition. For SES assistance, please call 132 500
The SES is always open for members of the community to come down and 'try on' the SES, there are roles for everyone, with all PPE and training provided. To contact the Mount Isa SES find them on Facebook by searching 'Mount Isa State Emergency Service - SES'.
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