State-of-the-art equipment for new SES unit at Swansea

Lake Macquarie's newest NSW State Emergency Service Unit was officially opened on the weekend, tasked with preparing Swansea and surrounds for major weather events and helping to keep the community safe.

NEW: NSW SES Commissioner Kyle Stewart, Swansea Unit Commander Nicholas Hanrahan and MLC Taylor Martin open the SES Swansea Unit.

NEW: NSW SES Commissioner Kyle Stewart, Swansea Unit Commander Nicholas Hanrahan and MLC Taylor Martin open the SES Swansea Unit.

The NSW SES Swansea Unit was opened on Saturday and will look after approximately 25,000 people who live between Doyalson North and Belmont South. Volunteers will now have state-of-the-art rescue equipment including an Ark Angel Rescue Raft, Light Storm Ute, Logistics Ute and a Storm Trailer to help them save lives in emergency situations.

Member of the Legislative Council, Taylor Martin, officially opened the Swansea Unit with NSW SES Commissioner, Kyle Stewart. NSW SES Commissioner, Kyle Stewart, said that there was an increasing need for volunteers in the lower end of Lake Macquarie.

"The NSW SES Swansea Unit provides the Lake Macquarie residents with additional support prior to and during emergencies. Our volunteers work with their community to ensure they understand their flood and storm risk," said Mr Stewart.