A new State Emergency Service unit has been opened at Lake Macquarie.
The Swansea unit will look after about 25,000 people who live between Doyalson North and Belmont South, responding to floods and storms, with volunteers having access to state-of-the-art rescue equipment.
"NSW SES volunteers have a long history of assisting their community with invaluable emergency response during floods, storms and other emergencies," NSW Upper House member Taylor Martin said after Saturday's opening.
NSW SES Commissioner Kyle Stewart said there was an increasing need for SES volunteers in the lower end of Lake Macquarie.
"The NSW SES Swansea unit provides the Lake Macquarie residents with additional support prior to and during emergencies," he said.
"Our volunteers work with their community to ensure they understand their flood and storm risk."
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