Funding to the rescue
COCKBURN’S Volunteer Marine Rescue Service (VMRS) has unveiled a new tractor and overdue refurbishments at its Coogee headquarters.
State Government funding of $72,000 enabled the group to buy a new tractor to tow boats to and from the water and upgrade its communications base.
Cockburn Volunteer Sea Rescue commander Brad Nicholas said the new tractor was a vital upgrade over their previous one, which he joked had trouble stopping at times.
“We launch and retrieve multiple times a week, and it’s so much safer for us and our crew,” he said.
“It’s one of those environments where it’s not always nice and beautiful conditions, so anything to improve the safety of our crew ticks the boxes.”
Mr Nicholas said the refurbishment at their headquarters, including the communications hub and training centre, would make a huge difference.
“If you had seen this communications room before, it was pretty depressing and stuck in the 1980s,” he said.
“We’ve had a big push over the last few years to modernise our facilities. “It’s a great space now.” Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan said the volunteers did a fantastic job and needed to be well equipped.
“Woodman Point boat ramp is the busiest in the state, it’s a critical area for boat users and having a VMRS with the latest equipment so they can get in and out of the water and access people in trouble is fantastic,” he said.
Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan with Cockburn Volunteer Sea Rescue members.