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Grant for firefighter wellbeing

By: Steph Wigan

Category: Vehicles / Equipment / Buildings

  1.51 PM 30 July, 2014

Location: District 15 News

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At a recent presentation, District 15 Acting Operations Manager Bernie Fradd received a cheque from the Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund (managed through Equity Trustees) for a project that will support firefighter wellbeing on the fireground.

Co-Trustee of the fund, Graeme Baker, along with his father, Stanley Baker, a former Co-Trustee, presented Bernie with the cheque for just over $18,000 that will see portable fridges put into District 15 forward command vehicles.  

“This grant will make a significant difference to us being able to support firefighters and people in other operational roles out in the field at fires” Bernie said. “There are continual challenges with providing refrigerated food and drink to crews on a fireground, and the equipment we’ll be able to purchase with these funds will directly support our efforts in this area.”

After the idea to acquire the fridges had been discussed in previous years, D15 Operations Manager Geoff Gray determined that the search for grant funding needed to be progressed after the experiences of some crews working on a few of last summer’s larger fires. 

The Eric Ormond Baker Charitable Fund has been established for the benefit of not-for-profit and public benevolent institutions and organisations that have been established for a number of specific purposes, and also provides funding for general charitable purposes. Graeme said that they were very pleased to be able to contribute to an organisation that delivers an important emergency service to communities across the district.

“We believe this is a worthy initiative, and we would certainly be happy to receive applications in the future from brigades and other emergency service groups that might be seeking some financial assistance with various projects."

Last Updated: 30 July 2014