Nyngan SES open new unit and receive new vehicle

It was a big day for the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) in Nyngan on Saturday.

Nyngan SES unit commander Trish Orchard was not only presented with the keys to the new SES building located in the emergency precinct, but also to a new $185,000 NSW SES storm response truck.

"This is an enormous event here for the emergency services in Nyngan, and a big day for the Nyngan community," she said on Saturday.

"We now have a fully operational centre here, and a brand new vehicle that replaces our 25-year-old one.

"We have come a long way in two years since [the SES] has reopened, we now have 10 members on our books and eight actively participating in training and call outs.

"We've developed working relationships with both the RFS and the Fire and Rescue, and through their graces we've been able to access their tier three training centre for our storm and water damage courses.

"So we're working together as an emergency service precinct and companions."

NSW SES western zone commander David Monk said the new building was a credit to the Bogan Shire Council.


"I see [today] as a new chapter in the longevity of the SES in Nyngan," he said.

"It has been a long time coming, the original discussions started back in 2012 when I had a meeting with mayor Ray Donald, and then later general manager Derek Francis came on board and we furthered our conversations about where we were going to go and what we were going to do.

"I would specifically like to recognise council for their commitment and dedication to seeing this project through.

Commander Monk said the new facility was a win for the community and its volunteers.

"Times are changing and we need to provide much better purpose built facilities for our volunteers to operate out of to do the job that they do which is saving lives and protecting the community," he said.

The opening of the new facility was also a special time to acknowledge and present two long-serving members of the NSW SES, Joe Ludick and Cory McMillan.

Mr Ludick was presented with a national medal and long service award for 15 years of ethical and diligent service to the NSW SES.

Mr Ludick volunteered with the NSW SES in July 2003 and has held various roles within the organisation including: team leader, deputy local commander, media officer, community engagement officer, communications officer, road crash rescue operator, urban search and rescue operator and large animal rescue operator.

Also Mr McMillan, who joined the NSW SES in April 2009 was presented with a 10 year long service award.