Council funding comes to rescue
THE Tweed District Rescue Squad received a major boost on Monday after the Tweed Shire Council presented it with a $26,400 cheque. The rescue squad is entirely volunteer-run, with squad members providing about 300 voluntary hours each year.
The council donation is vital, making up nearly 50% of the group’s yearly operating costs.
Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner said the 22 members of the rescue squad were an absolutely crucial asset for the community.
“As the Tweed’s primary rescue agency, squad members last year rescued 37 people and assisted another 34,” Cr Skinner said.
“Council recognises and values the contributions of the squad and its members, who give up their time to help make the Tweed safer.”
Squad secretary Mal Pearse, who accepted the cheque, said the donation would contribute to general running costs.
“We are a community-based and community-driven organisation and we are very thankful for the support we get from Tweed Shire Council and from local clubs,” he said.
“It is of the utmost importance because without that assistance we would struggle to operate.”
Squad president Jamie Stoddart said the donation would help with day-to-day costs of running the service.
Mr Stoddart said recent flooding in Queensland had highlighted the need to have a broad range of functional equipment.
“We’d also like to purchase a rigid inflatable boat,” Mr Stoddart said.
“The recent localised flooding further north, and risk of flash-flooding really highlighted the need for this equipment.
“With a boat, we’d have easy access to inland waterways, which would help in rescues.”
The Tweed District Rescue Squad is the primary response unit for rescue operations throughout the Tweed Shire, including vehicle accidents, trapped animals and industrial accidents.
The squad attended 98 incidents in 2010, with members on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
The Tweed District Rescue Squad attended 98 incidents last year