A group of people, many in green VRA uniforms, stand in front of a rescue squad truck and smile.
Steph Cooke MP, Minister Elliott and members of the Narrandera VRA.

The Narrandera region will be better prepared for floods and other emergencies after the delivery of a new rescue vehicle for the Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA). 

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott for the vehicle handover.

Ms Cooke said the new Medium Rigid Rescue vehicle was an investment in the community’s safety.

“The VRA do an amazing job servicing our community in times of crisis and it’s vital they have the tools they need,” Ms Cooke said.

“While emergencies are unfortunately always going to occur, we can invest in the rapid response and the equipment groups like the VRA deserve.”

“I know this vehicle will be well-used and well-loved by the Narrandera VRA Unit.”

“I also want to celebrate Wal Lingen who marks 50 years of service with the VRA. This is a remarkable achievement and is an incredible milestone, Mr Lingen has given so much time and energy to the community over the past five decades with the VRA.”

Minister Elliott also undertook an official handover of a new Light Rigid Rescue Vehicle to the Wagga Wagga VRA Squad, as well as the new Medium Rigid Rescue vehicle for the Narrandera VRA Squad.

“These vehicles, worth more than $500,000, are part of the NSW Government’s $18.3 million investment into the VRA over four years,” Mr Elliott said.

“The purpose built rescue vehicles will be an asset to their communities and the volunteers that use them.”

VRA Commissioner Mark Gibson welcomed the NSW Government’s investment.

“The Narrandera and Wagga Wagga squads will use these vehicles to respond to road incidents, rescues and assist other agencies during times of disaster,” Mr Gibson said.

The Volunteer Rescue Association is made up of more than 1600 members, providing a mixture of primary rescue and support services to regional communities across NSW.