Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said SLSQ was one of the largest volunteer-based community organisations in Australia, with more than 30,000 members in 58 clubs and six branches in Queensland alone.
SLSQ members are passionate about water safety and proactive in leading the way in advocacy and community leadership programs, striving to make our beaches and public waterways safe and healthy for everyone, Minister Ryan said.
SLSQ president Mark Fife said theyre extremely appreciative of the Queensland Governments ongoing support.
In addition the Palaszczuk Government supports approximately 34,500 marine rescue volunteers through Service Agreements, across several volunteer organisations including SLSQ
, the Royal Life Saving Society Queensland; Volunteer Marine Rescue Association Queensland; and the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association.
SLSQ Chief Executive Officer John Brennan OAM said the renewed agreement was significant for the continuation of the organisations work promoting aquatic safety and protecting the public at all Queensland beaches.
This Service Agreement will see all SLSQ clubs and branches along the length of our coastline benefit beyond the busy beaches of south-east Queensland, Mr Brennan said.
The training partnership between Boeing and SLSQ
has provided an excellent opportunity for our pilots to share information about this very capable, technologically advanced twin-engine aircraft," said Peter Bird, chief pilot for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service Queensland.