ALPINE search capabilities of the NSW SES will be improved after new equipment was provided by the NSW Government.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro presented an Isuzu FSS 550 4X4 crew heavy rescue truck and two new Bearcat 570 snowmobiles, which are replacing two older models in the fleet of 10 snowmobiles, to the NSW SES during an official handover ceremony at Perisher Valley.
Mr Barilaro said the new Alpine search equipment will contribute greatly towards the alpine search capability of local SES volunteers.
"The NSW Government is proud to support the NSW SES by providing over $320,000 to purchase the new and lifesaving equipment," Mr Barilaro said.
"Our highly skilled NSW SES volunteers must be ready when called on to assist in search and rescue missions in alpine areas.
"Not only is it important they have the skills and experience to handle these search operations in very trying conditions, they must also have the most effective and capable vehicles, such as these new snowmobiles and heavy rescue truck to move around in the challenging alpine environment.
"Over the past few weeks we have seen some severe weather and heavy snow falls impact the Alpine region.
"This has served as a reminder for people holidaying in these areas, particularly back country skiers, to be aware of safety advices and measures, and to use common sense when visiting this sometimes treacherous environment."
The NSW SES Alpine Search and Rescue capability consists of 50 field operators trained in alpine search and survival techniques and 20 alpine support volunteers who support the NSW Police Force in their land search combat role.