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Statewide funding initiatives

By: Diane Frost

Category: Vehicles / Equipment / Buildings, Other

  1.47 PM 12 February, 2015

Location: CFA HQ News, General

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Under the Statewide Initiatives component of the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) funding is allocated, in consultation with the VFBV, to assist brigades/groups by providing equipment and amenities. 

These initiatives have included the replacement of old quick-fill pumps and generators; protective red fire blankets; development of a big fill trailer pump; cool climate jacket prototype; and provision for a volunteer listening set subsidy. They don't require a brigade contribution.

Toilet Program

Funding of $1.2 milion has been allocated to continue the toilet program, aimed at ensuring all brigades have access to toilet facilities. 

A contract has recently been awarded to Quip Smart in Mordialloc for the construction, delivery and installation of 66 prefabricated standalone toilet/change room facilities.

The following brigades have been identified for the first phase of the rollout:

  • Bealiba
  • Beauchamp
  • Boorhaman
  • Bowman - Murungee
  • Branjee
  • Campbells Creek
  • Chesney Vale
  • Colinabbin
  • Granya
  • Greta
  • Laen East
  • Litchfield

It's anticipated that the current program will see all 66 units delivered and installed by the end of June 2015.

Thermal Imaging Cameras

Funding of $250,000 has been allocated to provide additional thermal imaging cameras to enhance safety, efficiency and effectiveness for a broad range of fires and incidents.

This initiative supported the acquisition of 21 Draeger UCF 9000 cameras, providing a minimum of one camera for each local government area plus a spare capacity to support maintenance and repairs.

Cameras were distributed to the following locations:

  •  Alexandra
  •  Beaufort
  •  Bright
  •  Camperdown
  •  Cobram
  •  Cohuna
  •  Corryong
  •  Daylesford
  •  Dunkeld
  •  Edenhope
  •  Hawkesdale
  •  Inglewood
  •  Lara
  •  Mansfield
  •  Melton
  •  Orbost
  •  Sale
  •  Stawell
  •  Torquay
  •  Wycheproof

This initiative is likely to be continued under the 2015 VESEP program.

Last Updated: 12 February 2015