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Record funding for CFA volunteers
CFA brigades will share more than $8.8 million to buy extra tools and equipment as part of today’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) announcement.
The successful grants were announced by Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response, Kim Wells, at Frankston SES this morning.
The 2014-15 VESEP will see $12.23 million provided to local emergency services volunteer groups for operational equipment, vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility improvements.
Under the VESEP, the government contributes $2 for every $1 contributed by volunteers from organisations such as the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, CFA, Life Saving Victoria, VICSES, or any eligible volunteer emergency services groups.
Acting CFA Chief Officer, Joe Buffone, said that these grants would be extremely welcome news to the 179 brigades across the state that successfully applied.
“This investment will better equip our brigades to protect their communities,” Mr Buffone said.
“Our volunteers work around the clock to protect lives and property. Anything that helps them to do that is welcome news.
“This is the third year of the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program and it’s delivered some great outcomes for CFA.”
Of the 179 grants, 51 are for replacing or upgrading vehicles, 56 for volunteer amenities improvements and 40 for equipment.
The funding also includes $1.4 million statewide initiative for brigades to buy new radio listening sets, wet weather clothing, thermal imaging cameras and IT equipment, and also replace old pumps and equipment.
Successful grant applicants will be notified in the coming week by mail and through CFA’s internal Brigades Online website.
See the Victorian Government media release here.