Somerset councillor candidate Kirsten Moriarty with Ipswich SES volunteers, Ipswich SES controller Arie van den Ende (centre) and Somerset SES controller Andy Bickerton.
Somerset councillor candidate Kirsten Moriarty with Ipswich SES volunteers, Ipswich SES controller Arie van den Ende (centre) and Somerset SES controller Andy Bickerton. Contributed

SES team helps out comrades

IN A firm display of regional co-operation, the Somerset SES team has received a gift from its opposite number in Ipswich.

The Somerset SES welcomed the donation of a communications caravan from Ipswich on Saturday.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said donating to the Somerset group was the best way to help the wider region.

"We need to approach disaster planning regionally," he said.

"Natural disasters don't stick within local government boundaries, so it's great to be able to support our neighbours."

Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the caravan would be a major help to the work of SES volunteers.

"It's great to be able to work with our neighbouring councils on disaster management," he said.

"This caravan will be a boost for our local SES."

Cr Lehman said the caravan would be used as a frontline mobile communications and organisation facility by the SES during fires and in responding to other disasters.



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