Hervey Bay surf life savers riding in style now
OH WHAT a feeling there was on Hervey Bay beach on Friday as Wide Bay Toyota delivered their donation of a Toyota Hilux to local life savers.
Wide Bay Toyota dealer principal Jason Wiegmink said donating the vehicle, which is worth about $30,000 over a three-year period, was a way of giving back to the local community.
"We've got staff members and their families involved in the club as well as business owners and councillors," he said.
"It is a really nice community mix and I think it's a great service these guys provide for us and ours visitors to Hervey Bay."
The ute was presented to volunteers of the Hervey Bay Surf and Life Savers Club yesterday. The organisation consists of up to 300 members including 50 volunteer patrolling members.
Hervey Bay Life Savers deputy president Brian Hoole said the vehicle was important as it increased the club's capacity to deal with emergency situations on land as well as at sea.
"This vehicle means we can assist police and rescue services in an emergency," he said.
"Since the 2011 floods, Hervey Bay Life Savers are officially a second tier response team.
"We have an observer status on the disaster management committee alongside local SES.
"Here in Hervey Bay we have a bathing reserve that is 400m but there is 17km of beach along the Esplanade where people can get in trouble.
"The fact that we can now drive our jetski down to areas like Point Vernon before heading out means we could perform a rescue there in 10 minutes rather than 30."
- Worth about $30,000.
- The ute will be used to facilitate emergency response
- Towing equipment to regional carnivals
- Attending regional meetings