Home urgently needed for SES truck

May 03, 2017

SES volunteers: John Stava and Carrie Hawke.

Do you have space to house an emergency services vehicle?

If so, the Cobram State Emergency Service needs your help.

The organisation is urgently appealing to the community to find accommodation for its rescue vehicle, which is based in Cobram.

Notice has been given to vacate the property where it’s currently being stored pending the development of an SES facility in Cobram, as the property has been sold.

SES unit controller John Stava said the current arrangement was always going to be a temporary arrangement due to the property being on the market.

‘‘If suitable accommodation cannot be found the Cobram unit’s rescue truck will simply have to be accommodated elsewhere,’’ Mr Stava said.

‘‘This is not at all desirable and would represent a backwards step for the unit.’’

Mr Stava said considerations for the truck included location (roughly centrally located in the Cobram township), security and availability at all times.

‘‘This makes prompt response times possible — critical in the case of road crash response,’’ he said.

‘‘It needs to be secure. The assets on the truck form a part of the community’s emergency response infrastructure.

‘‘It must be available at all times and it’s not practical or feasible to just park this on the street somewhere.

‘‘The place needs to be located so as to provide a certain amount of parking for three or four vehicles of responders close by, be large enough to store a medium rigid truck with easy ingress and path out to main roads with few intersections.

‘‘It also needs to have 24-hour access, no 40km/h zones or other road or community road design barriers which prevent efficient travel to incident scenes.’’

Mr Stava said it also needed to be economically feasible.

‘‘This, of course, would be a temporary arrangement, pending the establishment of a permanent facility in Cobram for the SES,’’ he said.

●If anyone can help in finding suitable accommodation for the Cobram truck, phone John Stava on 0409257025 or Luke Herezo on 0459691636. Mr Stava said there was a small number of weeks in which to move the vehicle from its present location.

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