VITAL SERVICE: The Biloela SES crew now have some upgraded facilities and equipment to better serve the region.
VITAL SERVICE: The Biloela SES crew now have some upgraded facilities and equipment to better serve the region.

SES locked and loaded for any disaster

EMERGENCY assistance across the Banana Shire has been given a boost thanks to a $9549 Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) that has been awarded to the Biloela SES.

The funds come at the perfect time for the local SES which is now able to fully equip and stock the operating base on Callide Street which had been refurbished by Banana Shire Council.

Banana Shire SES local controller Tim Best said the funds would prompt more efficiency and capability from the Biloela branch.

“Before this funding we worked out of a different facility with ageing technology and equipment,” Mr Best said.

“This funding will provide additional rooms, storage, new equipment and technology, which will help us work more efficiently.

“The laptops, printers and television will enable us to establish a Forward Command/Communications Centre and separate Incident Management Room, used to track and respond to requests for assistance and manage critical emergency information.

“This will result in the Biloela SES being able to improve collaborations with other emergency service organisations and provide a more efficient and effective service to the community.”

There were a number of listed items on the Biloela SES’ application for the fund which were quoted by the team at Betta Home Living Biloela.

These include an ice maker, printer, chest freezer and television which all contribute to a more efficient emergency response.

“The ice machine will generate much needed ice to be used by emergency service and community members during natural disasters and weather events when power outages occur,” Mr Best said.

“The fridge and freezer will be used to store much needed resources for SES volunteers and other emergency service providers.

“This will also allow Biloela SES to store refrigerated goods to be able to provide for the close-knit community.”

The Biloela SES branch has 12 fully pledged members with around 40 SES volunteers in total stationed across the Banana Shire.

People interested to join the crew are urged to call 4992 1412.