19 Dec Northern Beaches Rescue Vehicle
Dee Why RSL has been long committed to support the vital services that Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches (SLS SNB) provides to 21 surf lifesaving clubs between Manly and North Palm Beach. For the past 11 years the RSL has steadily provided financial assistance to SLS SNB, as well as several individual surf clubs, totalling more than $700,000 worth of support over this time.
Included in this is a new three-year commitment for $82,000 to fund a brand new surf rescue vehicle; a specially fitted 4WD Toyota Landcruiser Prado. This is the second such partnership between the RSL and SLS SNB, having just completed a three year deal for their previous rescue vehicle.
Dee Why RSL President Graeme Liddell was delighted to hand over the keys to SLS SNB President Doug Menzies, pictured on Warriewood Beach.
“It is a substantial aspect of our RSL’s Community Support Program,” said Graeme Liddell.
“We continue to support individual surf clubs along the northern beaches together with our long term commitment to SLS SNB. It is an honour and privilege to be part of the lifesaving movement. We certainly appreciate the reciprocal support from Branch and surf clubs. It’s a true partnership,” added Graeme.
The beach patrol season is from late September until the end of April. With summer upon us, the SLS SNB are preparing for another extremely busy season.
“With some of the busiest beaches in NSW, our volunteer lifesavers do an amazing job to keep the 21 beaches safe, working alongside paid Lifeguards from Manly to North Narrabeen and on their own from Warriewood north,” said CEO of SLS SNB, Steve McInnes.
“Backing up the lifesavers on the beach are a team of highly experienced lifesavers called Duty Officers who provide additional support and back up when there is an incident at one of our beaches. Our Duty Officers are on call 24/7 year round, as is the rescue vehicle.
Thanks to the support of Dee Why RSL, we have been able to purchase this vehicle, which gives us the capability to access the beaches during an emergency plus tow and launch rescue jet skis for search and rescue operations,” said Steve.
The vehicle is fitted out with additional equipment such as oxygen, defibrillator, spinal board, and advanced first aid equipment and all of our Duty Officers are trained on their use. It’s also fitted out with emergency lights and spotlights, a base radio to communicate with lifesavers on the beach and the SURFCOM radio base who coordinate with other emergency services such as ambulance and police.
“The very recognisable vehicle is a great billboard to raise awareness in the community, and SLS SNB is also very involved in community education. In fact during the week, the vehicle is used by our Surf Life Saving School who conduct
programs for school-aged children. In the warmer months these programs are practical beach-based programs where students get three hours of instruction and water based activities learning about the dangers of the surf beach environment and how they can keep safe. In the winter months, the vehicle is used to take lifesavers out to schools and run classroom based Surf Safety and Sun safety programs. Around 17,000 children are reached via these programs each year.
Most people believe that Surf Life Saving is fully funded. The reality is that we raise most of our own funds through sponsorships, fundraising and service fees. We are always grateful for any support but especially when we can lock in a three year commitment and directly fund a front-line service.
We thank Dee Why RSL for this tremendous support,” Steve added.
If you have queries about Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches, visit www.surflifesaving.net.au.
Ring 000 for any emergencies.