The COVID-19 pandemic and a host of natural disasters have left many communities vulnerable, pushing Suncorp to partner with a non-profit, community, volunteer, emergency service organisation to help them become resilient.
The insurer has confirmed that it is now the principal community partner of the Queensland State Emergency Service (SES).
Suncorp Group chief executive officer Steve Johnston said at the COVID-safe event at Suncorp Stadium that the multi-year partnership is crucial to protect Queenslanders from the increasing risk of natural disasters, including the upcoming 2020 storm season.
“I know I speak on behalf of every employee when I say Suncorp is incredibly proud of its Queensland heritage, and I can think of no better organisation to work with to prepare and protect our home state,” Johnston said.
“We’re looking forward to working with the SES over the next few years to strengthen both of our abilities to help Queenslanders when they need us the most through education, engagement, and financial support for much-needed equipment.”
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As part of the partnership, the two organisations will help communities during natural disasters, support the roll-out of community engagement and education campaigns, fund equipment for SES volunteers, and advance volunteerism across the state.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Greg Leach commented: “The SES is delighted to partner with Suncorp, an iconic Queensland brand that knows the landscape and the impact natural disasters can have on it.
“We know Suncorp understands the huge commitment of our SES volunteers who work on the frontline and this timely partnership, ahead of what is expected to be a busy storm and cyclone season, will help to better prepare our communities for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.”