Strathalbyn will play host to a South Australian first, with construction on a new self-sufficient SES unit now underway.
The unit will be designated as Important Level Four (IL4), enabling the site to be the first in the state to run independently for up to 48 hours from external utilities.
36 solar panels will complement backup generators as the site’s power source, while underground water storage tanks with a total capacity of 60,000 litres will account for the unit’s water requirements.
The new project will also be capable of accommodating up to sixty personnel, doubling the Strathalbyn unit’s current numbers, as well as housing four emergency service vehicles.
South Australian State Emergency Service Chief Officer Chris Beattie praised the new unit, highlighting its vitality for the region.
“Strathalbyn is a growing regional centre, so it is important we continue to have a strong presence in the area” Beattie said.
“The new facility will help ensure we provide an increased operational response for the town and the broader Fleurieu Peninsula.”
Strathalbyn SASES Unit Manager Andrew Kerslake oversees 30 current volunteers, however is excited to have more people come on board to use the new unit.
“We are always looking for new members to help the community and I encourage people to visit www.ses.sa.gov.au/volunteer or call 1300 364 587 for more information.’’ Kerslake said.
The SES expects the site to be operational by the end of the year.