02 October 2013
Fire Brigade Calls for help and Synlait Milk Responds
Synlait Milk is proud to have been able to help the local Volunteer Fire Brigade in Dunsandel by funding the purchase of a brand new emergency response vehicle that will be used to support the community.
The vehicle was officially handed over to the Brigade this week by Synlait Milk Managing Director John Penno who said Synlait Milk was happy to respond to a call for help from such an important local service provider.
“Being able to give something back to our local community, which we are committed to, means a lot to us. We saw this as a great initiative that we couldn’t help but get behind. We have a great relationship with the Brigade which we look forward to continuing as we grow and develop the site here in Dunsandel,” Mr Penno said.
Chief Fire Officer Ian Chatterton said being able to provide additional support to the existing fire appliance and water tanker when responding to local emergencies is a great boost to the Brigade.
“The support Synlait Milk has given to our local brigade has been fantastic. The vehicle will be used to respond to emergencies in all weather conditions and allow us to access remote areas, secure the scene of motor vehicle accidents faster, and respond to priority one medical emergencies in support of ambulance services.
“We will also use the vehicle for non-emergency events within the local community like fire safety promotions and the fire wise programme at schools,” said Mr Chatterton.
The Brigade would also like to acknowledge the contributions from the broader Dunsandel community with $15,000 having been raised to date.
Mr Chaterton said the Brigade is close to reaching its targeted funding and hopefully with on-going discussions with a number of local businesses and organisations a fully equipped vehicle and secure parking facilities will be in place in the not too distant future.
“With the funds raised the Brigade is looking to procure essentials including medical equipment, road safety equipment, chainsaws, hand tools and personnel protection equipment. As for the parking facility plans are being put in place to construct a garage next to the existing fire station,” said Mr Chatterton.
Synlait Milk is also the principle naming rights sponsor of the local Dunsandel Irwell Rugby Football Club.
For more information please contact:
Marketing and Communications Manager Synlait Milk
P: +64 27 288 8253