EMERGENCY vehicles for New South Wales are being built locally.
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Varley Group is putting the lives of those who serve the community first at their Tomago facility.
Recently Varley’s Special Vehicles Division welcomed a visit by The Hon. David Elliott, Minister for Police and Emergency Services who inspected the Tomago production line of the NSW Emergency Services Vehicles.
The Minister met with the workforce and inspected a range of highly specialised vehicles that Varley build for the NSW government, including Rural Fire Service appliances, Fire Brigade appliances, Police Modules (Divisional Van),
Command and Control Vehicles, State Emergency Services vehicles, Prisoner Transport Vehicles, Ambulances and the Marine Rescue Floating Dock at Nelson Bay to name but a few.
Varley Groups Managing Director Mr Jeff Phillips told News Of The Area, “There are 150 people on the production line in special vehicles alone.”
The NSW government’s investment on special vehicles with Varley, is a sign of confidence in Varley and an investment in our people, that is an investment in the future of our region,” said Mr Phillips.
The investment by the Government in selecting the special vehicles to be built at the Varley Tomago facility in Regional NSW supports and sustains the employment of the diverse 290 strong Varley team at Tomago, including 10 apprentices and trainees, the majority of which are in the Vehicles Division.
Through its 133-year history, Varley has continually invested in its workforce, supporting programs and organisations such as STEM, The Real Futures Foundation, University of Newcastle, work experience programs and apprenticeships, developing the highly skilled, integrated teams that deliver projects on time and on budget.
Varley also return the support to our Emergency Services Units, not only through local sponsorships, but through supporting our workforce’s volunteer efforts with SES and RFS.
Recently Blaine Scarr, CEO, Varley Vehicles received the 2019 Supportive Employer Award from NSW RFS through supporting long standing firefighters like Karlo Giebeler, theVarley Vehicles Estimator.
Varley look forward to working with the government to continue to develop the next generation of special vehicles and supporting our local workforce.
Locals benefit from jobs and economic growth through successful projects.
By Marian SAMPSON