RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot with Tweed SES Co-ordinator Ian Carlson yesterday.
RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot with Tweed SES Co-ordinator Ian Carlson yesterday. Blainey Woodham

SES get smart with real dummy

THE Tweed Heads State Emergency Service will soon welcome its newest member – a water rescue dummy.

The unit was able to buy the new rescue training device, as well as a defibrillator, thanks to a $4400 volunteer grant from the Federal Government.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot yesterday announced that the Tweed Heads SES and 74 other volunteer organisations in the Richmond electorate would share in $236,834 of funding.

“Under this initiative, grants of between $1000 and $5000 are provided to non-profit organisations to support theirvolunteers and encourage volunteering,” Ms Elliot said.

“Every day volunteers are out in our local community doing what they do best – helping those in need, nurturing our environment and fostering our nation’s sporting and cultural life,” Justine said.

“Volunteer grants provide valuable support to organisations that keep the local community together.”

Tweed SES unit controller Ian Carlson said the new dummy imitates a person when thrown into the water.

“We can practise and learn how to rescue it,” Mr Carlson said.

“Instead of putting a real person in.”

Mr Carlson said their grant was pretty much spent on the two new items, with the dummy costing $1400 and the defibrillator priced at $3000.

More than 6700 community organisations across Australia will benefit from $21 million in volunteer grants.



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