Emergency services in the Tweed area will be better prepared after the announcement of funding for essential rescue equipment.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott joined the Member for Tweed Geoff Provest to announce $5,000 in discretional funding to deliver eight new vertical rescue harnesses for the Tweed District Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA).

Mr Elliott said the VRA are the first responders to many emergencies and it is pleasing to be able to provide them with additional equipment.

“These new harnesses will allow volunteers to better access difficult areas to assist in rescues,” Mr Elliott said.

Mr Provest said it is reassuring for the whole community to know that the emergency services will have all the resources they need.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers, who are often the first to arrive at the scene of many emergencies,” Mr Provest said.

Mr Elliott and Mr Provest also took the opportunity to inspect the Tweed Police Station with Acting Superintendent Cameron Lindsay, also meeting two new probationary constables who joined the local area command after the most recent attestation.

Mr Elliott said it is pleasing to know the local police force continues to be boosted by new recruits.

“These officers will take their world class training to the frontline in keeping the community safe and it is pleasing to know they are bringing their great work to the Tweed area,” Mr Elliott said.

The NSW Government has committed $583 million over four years to deliver 1500 new police officers – the biggest single increase for the NSW Police Force in more than 30 years.