Rescue response time improved thanks to community
A NEW floatation device purchased with funds raised from last year's Mullum2Bruns Paddle has drastically improved response time to emergencies for Marine Rescue Brunswick.
Deputy Unit Commander Lazlo Szabo said the Australian made AirBerth, which was partly funded by a Regional Development Fund grant secured by David Gilmore, is a major asset to the community.
"It now takes 3.5 minutes to deflate and have the boat in the water ready for action," Mr Szabo said. "The Brunswick 30 rescue vessel is maintained in full readiness at all times, unlike the old vessel which could take around 10 to 15 minutes to prep and launch."
In addition to being a valuable investment in the safety of the local boating community, AirBerth also reduces maintenance costs for the organisation, which contrary to popular opinion is not funded by the government.
"Because the vessel isn't moored in the water, this saves the unit money in the long term," he said.
The annual Mullum2Bruns Paddle, which this year is being held on Sunday May 26, is a major fundraiser for the Brunswick Heads Information Centre, the Brunswick Surf Club and Marine Rescue Brunswick.
"These are all great local community groups run by very professional and dedicated volunteers," Mr Szabo said. "All the money raised stays in the local community stays in the local community."
Online registrations can be made at www.mullum2brunspaddle.com.au