North Coast

New rescue vehicle boosts safety in Brunswick Heads

Residents of the Brunswick Heads area will be better protected in an emergency after the official handover of a $380,000 Medium Rescue Vehicle to the Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Squad. Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined NSW Volunteer Rescue Association (NSW VRA) Commissioner Mark Gibson to officially handover the vehicle, just prior to Christmas. “The purpose built appliance has been designed to assist the volunteers of this squad to come to the aid in a vast range of emergencies, including car crashes, land searches, and vertical rescue,” Mr Elliott said. “This vehicle is one of 30 to be delivered to the members of the VRA, as part of a $18.8 million investment by the NSW Government.” Commissioner Mark Gibson welcomed the delivery of the new vehicle. “The 15 members of the Brunswick VRA service the busy area around the Pacific Highway, south to Byron Bay and north to Burringbar, and this vehicle will improve their response time and help save lives,” Commissioner Gibson said. “The specialist vehicle is fitted out with cutting edge rescue technology which far exceeds the State Rescue Board’s minimum equipment list, including vertical rescue equipment, lifting bags, power tools, a remote control lighting mast and numerous other industrial and domestic rescue equipment.” The New South Wales Volunteer Rescue Association has 40 General Land Rescue units across the State and has a membership base of more than 1600 volunteers.