ABOVE: Natalya Hayman, Kelly Hayman, Minister Jihad Dib, Ash Slapp and Christine Boyle at Woodburn SES. Photo: Susanna Freymark
Woodburn SES Unit Commander Ash Slapp is more than happy to show off the capabilities of the unit’s new 4WD general purpose vehicle.
“The back opens up and I can take sandbags to elderly people,” Mr Slapp said.
The keys to the $150,000 car were handed over by Minister for Emergency Services Jihad Dib who was visiting the Northern Rivers to talk about the flood recovery ‘reset’.
The minister took the car for a test drive.
The 2023 model replaces the unit’s car that was ruined in the floods.
Mr Slapp runs his hands across the rollers on the top of the car.
You can put boats up here, he said.
“Did I tell you it has full suspension?”
The important thing is the SES has increased its rescue capability with this new vehicle.
And Mr Slapp is going to love driving it.