22 July 2003
NEW TROOP CARRIER FOR SES QUEENSLAND
The Jondaryan Shire State Emergency Service in South-East Queensland is rebuilding its unit strength with the aid of a new Toyota LandCruiser TroopCarrier.
The 11 seat vehicle replaces the unit’s original 21-year-old Toyota LandCruiser TroopCarrier which members had christened ‘trusty old Bertha’ because of the vehicle’s unfailing reliability.
Jondaryan Shire SES Controller Barry Clark said the new 4.2 litre diesel workhorse had already proved itself in bushfire fighting duties, supporting the police, fire brigade and SES volunteers.
“We carry gear for storm damage operations or traffic control operations and the vehicle is predominantly used for transporting people and equipment throughout the shire”, said Cr Clark.
“The TroopCarriers are extremely reliable and this new vehicle is refined and easy to handle.”
The fully equipped new TroopCarrier is the result of a $32,893 Jupiters Community Fund Grant, as well as $10,000 from Jondaryan Shire Council and $5000 from the Queensland State Government.
The vehicle was officially handed over to the Jondaryan SES by Emergency Services Minister Mike Reynolds, who paid tribute to Jondaryan Shire Council for working closely with the State Government to support local emergency services with needed equipment.
“People are the SES’s greatest asset, and the selfless dedication of the service’s many volunteers is a vital asset to the community it services,” Mr Reynolds said.
“Without financial reward and often in risky situations, they are our first defence against disasters, and are usually among the first on hand during search operations.”
Cr Clark said the LandCruiser would become increasingly useful as the Jondaryan SES unit goes through a rebuilding phase to strengthen its numbers.
“We’re in the process of developing a new training schedule covering things such as search and vehicle recovery operations and the new TroopCarrier will certainly come into its own for that,” he said.
All LandCruiser TroopCarrier models feature dual fuel tanks with a combined capacity of 180 litres.
Significant features include tilt adjustable power steering and a conveniently placed hand throttle. The 3 and 11 seat and RV 5 seat Troop Carriers feature barn type rear doors and all models feature a driver's bucket seat.
For Further Information Please Contact:
Barry Clark, SES Jondaryan, 11 Clarke Street, Oakey QLD 4401. Ph: (07) 4691 1036
Jondaryan Shire SES Controller Barry Clark pictured with the new Toyota LandCruiser TroopCarrier which has already proved itself in bushfire fighting duties, where it supported the police, fire brigade and SES volunteers.