Kennards Hire was in a position to provide speedy assistance when Cyclone Larry ripped through North Queensland in March this year.
A carefully-prepared national disaster plan, which has proved effective in previous storms, floods and bushfires, was immediately implemented.
Within hours, pre-packed crates of disaster response equipment, which are held in central locations for such emergencies, were dispatched to the cyclone ravaged area centred on Innisfail.
Over the next few days, further large quantities of tarpaulins, generators, chainsaws, ladders, carpet dryers, dehumidifiers and other equipment followed by road and air.
Among the cargo was a consignment of 40 2KVA generators, which were considered so essential for maintaining telephone communications in remote areas.
Kennards’ staff “went that extra mile”, with teams of drivers taking equipment north, while those already in the region, at the Cairns, Townsville and Mackay hire centres, worked long and hard to meet desperate requests for help.
Much of the equipment was requested by Q-Build, the commercialised building and maintenance arm of the Queenlsnad Government’s Department of Public Works, which played a major role in co-ordinating repairs.
John Rossiter, Q-Build’s manager of disaster emergency services, who was based in the State Disaster Co-ordination Centre at Kedron Park, praised Kennards contribution, and particularly the work of manager Greg Sullivan.
Munters, a leading property damage restoration services company, was another major user of Kennards’ tarpaulins and other equipment.