Emergency services volunteers in Taree will be better equipped to respond to medical emergencies in the course of their duties after welcoming a new defibrillator for Manning Volunteer Rescue Association.

“The Taree VRA is one of 31 additional defibrillators will go into the hands of our skilled SES, Marine Rescue and VRA volunteers across the State , who all play a vital role in keeping communities safe,” Mr Bromhead said.

The $77,500 investment is proof of the NSW Nationals in Government’s continued commitment to protecting lives.

NSW Volunteer Rescue Association Commissioner Mark Gibson said the investment means squads can spend less time on the street raising funds to purchase equipment like the defibrillators and more time in training their members.