Binningup Surf Lifesaving Club has added a powerful weapon to its front line fight to keep beach goers safe with the arrival of a new fully-equipped all terrain vehicle.
A major initiative of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority and Surf Life Saving WA will deliver an all-terrain vehicle and an inflatable rescue boat to every surf lifesaving club in WA within the next three years, and Binningup is among the first.
‘‘Both the ATVs and IRBs are crucial pieces of lifesaving equipment,’’ Surf Life Saving WA chief executive Paul Andrew said.
‘‘We are grateful for the magnificent support we get from FESA.
‘‘They have always been strong supporters of Surf Life Saving WA, but this new initiative will have a major impact on our lifesaving services from Esperance right through to Broome.
‘‘Our volunteer lifesavers will be able to use cutting edge lifesaving technology, wherever they are patrolling in the State.’’
Binningup’s new ATV could not have arrived at a better time, according to club director Julie Doyle.
‘‘With so many kilometres of coast in the Harvey Shire, this ATV will greatly improve our lifesavers’ capabilities for surveillance and rescue,’’ she said.
‘‘Up to now we have had to rely on a member having a 4WD at the beach to launch our rescue boats or to respond quickly to an incident further up the beach.
‘‘The vehicle is fitted with a loud hailer system which will help us if we need to advise surfers or swimmers to get out of the water.’’