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VESEP supports CFA volunteers
Brigades are being given the opportunity to upgrade facilities and purchase new equipment as applications for this year’sVolunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) open.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Kim Wells, has announced the Victorian Government will invest a record $12.23 million into the program.
CFA Chief Officer, Euan Ferguson, said the grants of up to $100,000 would go to emergency services groups for operational equipment such as vehicles, trucks, tankers, and trailers and to make minor facility improvements.
“This is an investment in volunteers which will ensure they have the right tools and equipment to carry out their vital work in protecting lives and property in Victoria,” Mr Ferguson said.
“This year we have also expanded the program to ensure we are supporting the many different needs of our brigades.”
This includes the introduction of a new category, ‘Minor Works’, where the total project cost is less than $50,000. These projects are still required to be fully scoped and have the necessary approvals required by authorities.
This category is in addition to:
- Volunteer Amenities under $5000
- Operational Equipment
- Tankers and specialist appliances
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.
CFA brigades can submit their applications for funding to their district Operations Managers by 24 June, 2013. Successful applications will be announced in late September this year.