Central Coast Branch Receives Vital Rescue Equipment

Surf Life Saving Central Coast has received over $100,000 through the Community Building Partnership Program to go towards vital surf life saving equipment.

Minister for the Central Coast Rob Stokes and Gosford MP Chris Holstein have helped unveil two new surf rescue emergency response vehicles and a Rescue Water Craft (jet ski) which will be operated by Surf Life Saving Central Coast.

The NSW Government provided funding towards the purchase of the new vehicles, which Rob Stokes said will help to support the local surf lifesavers’ important role in the Central Coast community.

“The new vehicles will enhance the ability of lifesavers to respond and coordinate rescue efforts along Central Coast beaches, which in turn will better protect locals and visitors,” Rob Stokes said.

“The NSW Government is supporting local communities with vital infrastructure such as these vehicles in order to ensure communities have access to the equipment they need.”

Mr Holstein said the NSW Government is proud to support Surf Life Saving in recognition of the important contribution the movement and its volunteers make to our local communities.

“Lifesaving clubs and our lifesavers play an essential role on the Central Coast and we are grateful to be able to help with the funding of this equipment,” Mr Holstein said.

“The equipment will be used to support lifesavers and locals at 15 patrolled locations across the Coast.

“The wave runner will be based at The Entrance Channel, which we all know has a tragic history of drownings, and will hopefully save many lives in future years.”

Surf Life Saving Central Coast President, Stuart Harvey, said that this support from the NSW Government will enable Surf Life Saving to continue to meet the increasing demands of the public in need of rescuing along our coastline.

“In addition to club patrols, duty officers will also use these resources during emergency callouts when requested by NSW Emergency Services to respond to aquatic incidents outside of patrol hours,” Mr Harvey said.

“Our lifesaving services are now rescue ready 24/7 and we have processes in place to respond to incidents anywhere, anytime along the coastline.”

Thu 22 May 2014