New set of wheels goes the extra mile at Orange SES

NEW AND IMPROVED: SES crew members Peter Hodgins, Wendy Butterfield and Grant Hill inspect the new light storm vehicle. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0615jkses1

NEW AND IMPROVED: SES crew members Peter Hodgins, Wendy Butterfield and Grant Hill inspect the new light storm vehicle. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0615jkses1

SES crew members are the proud owners of a new light storm vehicle.

The truck is worth $140,000 (including the cost of the vehicle and equipment) and is a result of $3 million state government funding funding for SES vehicles.

The vehicle has the capacity to accommodate five crew members, and the ability to be out in the field for up to 12 hours.

More crew members are able to drive the truck, which requires a standard driver’s licence as opposed to the previous requirement of a medium rigid licence.

Deputy local controller Rob Hines said the new addition increased crew members’ capabilities.

“It’s all about operational readiness,” Mr Hines said.

Crew member Peter Hodgins said there was also the benefit of remote radio capabilities.

“The new system will give us better coverage throughout the Central West.”

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