RSPCA NSW’s new Animal Welfare Response Unit is making its way down the NSWsouth coast this week to revisit communities affected by the recent bushfirecrisis.
Launched in Braidwood on 1 June 2020, the mobille unit is checking in at someof the of the 129 bushfire affected communities RSPCA NSW provided assistanceto, including Batemans Bay, Moruya, Cobargo and Eden, before making its wayinland to Cooma and Goulburn.
The state-of-the-art mobile command centre, procured from the RSPCA NSWBushfire Appeal, is part of the organisation’s $2.6 million investment inemergency response infrastructure.
The organisation also acquired two animal transport trailers, to carry injuredanimals, and two community outreach vehicles, which will provide immediateanimal welfare assistance and education across the state.
RSPCA NSW staff, including the Inspectorate, will be better equipped toimmediately respond to calls for help with the acquisition of emergencycommunication equipment including satellite phones, disaster PPE such asbreathing apparatuses, and other vital equipment.
“RSPCA NSW was established 147 years ago to help animals in need and now weare in a strong position to manage future disasters with the rollout of theRSPCA NSW Animal Welfare Response Unit,” RSPCA NSW CEO Steve Coleman said.
“This mobile unit will provide more communities and their animals withimmediate care on the ground when they need it the most.”
The commitment to invest in future emergency management comes in addition tothe $1.3 million RSPCA NSW provided in immediate aid to bushfire-affectedcommunities during the unprecedented bushfire crisis this year.
RSPCA NSW is also committing $2.4 million to a series of robust and long-termpartnerships with wildlife organisations to protect and rehabilitate nativeanimals across the state.
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