Keys to new SES truck handed to commander on flood anniversary

ABOVE: Woodburn Unit Commander Ashley Slapp stands second from left, Minister Steph Cook in the front and SES acting commissioner Damien Johnston in the blue uniform with SES crew members. Photo: Contributed

Woodburn SES was handed the keys to a new $400,000 rescue truck and trailer today, Tuesday, February 28.

Minister for Emergency Services and Resilience and Minister for Flood Recovery Steph Cooke was at the handover in Woodburn.

The five-tonne medium rescue vehicle will be used when SES crews respond to storm jobs, road crashes and rescue operations.

The truck comes with a light storm trailer for tree and roof related jobs.

The handover comes on the anniversary of the 2022 February-March floods.

“Last year’s unprecedented flooding had such a significant impact on Northern Rivers communities, including Woodburn, and I’m forever grateful to all of our volunteers who went above and beyond in service to others,” Ms Cooke said.

Woodburn Unit Commander Ashley Slapp said the past year has been the busiest on record.

“Our volunteers responded to 250 incidents over the past year,” Mr Slapp said.

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