Rescue squad self-funds

By Michael Roberts | posted on March 20, 2020

ALBANY Sea Rescue Squad has unveiled some shiny new equipment that will help the volunteer organisation continue to keep the seas safe from disaster.

Rolling out a state-of-the-art tow truck for its operations, the rescue squad now boasts a vehicle that is capable of towing its boats anywhere, according to President Colin Bairstow.

“We now can have the truck hooked up permanently to the boat, whereas before we had to do all sorts of funny things to get it going in the water,” he said.

Mr Bairstow said the new truck saved his crew about 10 minutes which they could now spend being out on the ocean.

“If we need to go to Denmark or Cheynes Beach, we can launch our boat very quickly,” he said.

According to Mr Bairstow, the new edition is a significant upgrade, with the squad previously using an old cruiser that was getting long on its legs.

“We now know that when we come down and turn the key it will be reliable,” he said.

“In the past there had been a couple of times where the old vehicle had a flat battery or engine failure.”

The volunteer organisation was able to fund the purchase of the new vehicle through its own savings – a feat that Mr Bairstow said was a state first.

“This is something I felt like we needed to do to show the Albany public the money is going into something,” he said.

“It’s great to show we can stand on our own two feet.”

Albany City Motors Financial Director Scott Leary, who helped secure the organisation a good price on the truck, said it was a great reflection on how the organisation operated.

“There was no hand out; these guys have done all the hard work,” he said.

Mr Leary, who will run as the WA Liberal Party candidate for the seat of Albany at next year’s State election, said a self-funded local rescue squad was just about unheard of.

“They’ve stored their own funds and bought a quality product that will service the Albany community,” he said.