Kangaroo Island SES receives new road rescue truck

NEW TRUCK: Pictured with the new truck and battery tools are Bevan Garmeister, Tania Woolard, David Rhodes, Suzie Berry, Connor Norse, Snowy Florance, Steve Dezen; (front) Mark Booker, Carlos Nasese, and Jamie Helyar.
NEW TRUCK: Pictured with the new truck and battery tools are Bevan Garmeister, Tania Woolard, David Rhodes, Suzie Berry, Connor Norse, Snowy Florance, Steve Dezen; (front) Mark Booker, Carlos Nasese, and Jamie Helyar.

The Kangaroo Island SES brigade last Thursday received it's new state-of-the-art road rescue truck, equipped with the latest battery-powered rescue tools.

The delivery came at the culmination of months of road rescue training that now has the entire brigade up to speed with the latest techniques and procedures.

Brigade spokesperson David Rhodes said the new larger truck most importantly had the latest battery-powered road rescue tools, including the Jaws of Life.

Not dragging around bulky hydraulic lines and nor having to start a noisy generator to power a compressor made a huge difference, he said.

"The silence and ease of movement is a big thing for us when working on the side of the road," Mr Rhodes said. "This would have to be one of the most advanced, multi-purpose rescue vehicles anywhere."

Kangaroo Island was among the first SES brigades in SA to receive the new Lukas eDRAULIC tools.

TRUCK DELIVERY: SA SES district officer Hills Fleurieu, CJ Shaw hands over the keys to Bevan Garmeister.

TRUCK DELIVERY: SA SES district officer Hills Fleurieu, CJ Shaw hands over the keys to Bevan Garmeister.

TRUCK DELIVERY: SA SES district officer Hills Fleurieu, CJ Shaw and district officer southern Adelaide, Craig Brassington delivered the new truck last week. Photo: Denise Branson

TRUCK DELIVERY: SA SES district officer Hills Fleurieu, CJ Shaw and district officer southern Adelaide, Craig Brassington delivered the new truck last week. Photo: Denise Branson

District officer Hills Fleurieu CJ Shaw said the KI unit had some of the most dedicated volunteers anywhere and they deserved to have the latest equipment.

The six, newly trained recruits are Tania Woolard, Suzie Berry, Snowy Florance, Steve Dezen, Carlos Nasese and Jamie Helyar.

The brigades four experienced members, Bevan Garmeister, Mark Booker, David Rhodes and Connor Norse also completed the new training course.

Mr Rhodes said thanked the instructors and said the format of the training had been the best he had experienced.

"These dedicated SES staff and volunteers spent four days instructing us on the new vehicle and tools and training our crew in road crash rescue using new improved training techniques that really make a difference," he said. "Well done you are an inspiration to our KI crew, so thank-you."

He thanked SES district officer southern Adelaide Craig Brassington, district officer Hills Fleurieu CJ Shaw, district officer South East Brad Flew, unit manager Mount Gambier Matt Tye, Lukas E Tools rep/instructor Rod Wells, as well as live casualties instructors Leanne of the Mount Gambier SES Unit and KI resident Barry Rhodes.

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