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Photo: Vic SES Gippsland

New gear for Gipps SES

New gear for Gipps SES

Photo: Vic SES Gippsland

Lifesaving equipment donated to VICSES Gippsland Units

This week Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) units across Victoria’s east received critical funds to purchase essential lifesaving equipment, as part of the AAMI Equipment Handover program, to help keep their communities safe.

AAMI has been VICSES’ Principal Community Partner since 2002, during which time AAMI has contributed over nine million dollars with a large portion going towards the purchase of critical emergency response equipment.

This year’s funds have been used to purchase over 3,200 pieces of equipment across the state. For VICSES units across Gippsland this means a share of nearly 500 pieces for rescue kits, worth over $80,000, including:

- Three mules, or one-wheel stretchers, used to move immobilised patients over rough terrain for Sale, Stratford and Tambo Valley units
- An automated external defibrillator to assist with cardiac issues for the Maffra Unit
- Nine chainsaw kits to help VICSES volunteers when called out to road crash rescues for VICSES Bendoc, Cann River, Foster, Inverloch, Mallacoota, Morwell, Rosedale, Phillip Island and San Remo Units.

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In the last 12 months, VICSES volunteers east of the state, responded to over 2,600 emergency calls for assistance, ranging from on the ground support during emergencies to road rescue support, land searches and assisting other emergency service organisations.

Each year, AAMI’s contribution is successfully directed to supporting our volunteers at a local level, where it will be of most benefit to them and the community. AAMI’s continuing support is critical in ensuring our volunteers are equipped with the latest training and tools to support local communities.

AAMI also plays a key role in supporting VICSES’ community awareness campaigns, such as 15-To-Float, which is designed to raise awareness of the dangers when driving through floodwater.

For a complete list of items supplied to each local VICSES unit across the region, please contact the State Duty Media Officer on 1300 783 933 or media@ses.vic.gov.au.

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