It's been a good few weeks for Griffith's State Emergency Services, which has recently recruited a batch of keen volunteers and gotten its hands on some shiny new life-saving equipment.
The SES are now the proud owners of state-of-the-art cutters and spreaders that are powerful enough to crush rocks into powder, rip car doors clean off the hinges, and potentially save a life in a pinch.
It's a significant upgrade from their old hydraulic-powered gear, which were bigger, slower, and more cumbersome machines compared with the new portable battery-powered models.
The SES volunteers have had a whale of a time trying out the shiny new technology, which will be kept in the rescue truck ready to be deployed at a moment's notice.
Christopher Rosenow is one of the new recruits who got to train with the new gear, and he's had the time of his life flipping over cars and cutting through windscreens.
He's been with the SES for two months, and he's currently training to become part of the "vertical rescue" team, which rescues people trapped in high places.
"You learn a bit of everything," Mr Rosenow said.
Firefighter and veteran SES member Anthony Hatch is looking to get more recruits to come on board.
"We're just coming into the warmer months, so we're looking for some good swimmers who are keen to join our flood rescue and swift-water rescue team," Mr Hatch said.
Those interested in becoming a new Griffith SES recruit can call Mr Hatch on 0419 496 220.
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