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Top brass praise Marine Rescue

Alan Clarke, Bernie Gabriel and Stuart Wilkins at Marine Rescue Point Danger.
Alan Clarke, Bernie Gabriel and Stuart Wilkins at Marine Rescue Point Danger. John Gass

POINT Danger's branch of Marine Rescue NSW welcomed a VIP today when NSW Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke visited the rescue service's control room and boatshed.

Assistant Commissioner Clarke is the commander of the NSW Major Events and Incidents Group and was joined by Tweed-Byron Local Area Command Superintendent Stuart Wilkins and Inspector Greg Jago to have a look at the marine rescue service's operations.

Assistant Commissioner Clarke, who is also the Deputy State Emergency Operations Controller, has the marine rescue service under his control and came to inspect the capability of equipment and personnel.

"I've come to have a look at how the marine rescue service goes about its business and I have to say I'm extremely impressed," Assistant Commissioner Clarke said.

"The coordination and control room are absolutely first class as are the training, boats and equipment.

"The community can be very happy with the level of service on offer.

"Especially considering the busy waterways in this area, it is good to have the assurance there is a professional service operating here.

"They do a fantastic job," Assistant Commissioner Clarke said.

Assistant Commissioner Clarke also complimented the great team work of the Point Danger based rescue service which he called a "magnificent volunteer service".

"The great work done by these volunteers should never be taken for granted.

The professionalism is on a par with the highest paid response teams I've seen," the Assistant Commissioner said.

Topics:  marine rescue point danger, stuart wilkins


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