It's out with the old and in with the new. Crowdy Harrington Marine Rescue has welcomed two, new emergency vehicles to their ranks on the back of a grant and fundraising efforts.
The organisation received $72,000 from the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme that was put towards the purchase of the vehicles.
Further fundraising efforts completed the purchase and ensured the vehicles could be fitted with required accessories such as a toolbox, canopy, roof racks, electric brakes and tow package.
Unit commander Bek Brown said the vehicles are a crucial asset to the crew's operations.
"They're vital for training, meetings, fundraising and transporting fuel to the boat," Bek said.
One of the key roles for the new ute is to transport a large fuel tank to the rescue boat.
"After each rescue, the tank needs to be refueled," Bek said.
The vehicles were picked up from Mid Coast Automotive Group earlier this week after Marine Rescue livery was completed.
Crew members have said goodbye to an outdated land cruiser and an obsolete ute. They have each clocked up more than 350,000 kilometres.
The land cruiser joined the Crowdy Harrington family before the new millennium while the ute dates back to when Paul Keating was Prime Minister.
"They've served their purpose," Bek said.
Deputy unit commander Leon Elelman said the rescue crew has come a long way in the last decade.
He said changes to the command, fresh ideas and a strong effort from volunteers has created a tight knit group.
"We're like a big family," he said.
You couldn't wipe the smile off his face when talking about what the new vehicles bring to the table.
"It's a boost to morale," Leon said.
The organisation is the eyes on the water between Diamond Head and Black Head.
As a volunteer group, they welcome all funds and assistance. About three-quarters of funds held by the organisation are raised by members.
To find out more about the crew or to donate, visit www.mrch.org.au or call 6556 1564.
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