(left to right): Tim Pallas MP, Werribee Brigade members, Minister Jaclyn Symes, Chief Officer Jason Heffernan
CFA / VFBV Championships will share in more than $1.4 million in funding from the Victorian Government as part of the 2021-22 Valuing Volunteer Program (VVP) grants.
The annual VVP grants recognise the vital role volunteers play in the emergency management sector and provides funding to support statewide initiatives.
CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan joined Emergency Services Minister Jaclyn Symes at Werribee Fire Station recently for the announcement of this year’s program, which supports the mental health and professional development of volunteers.
As part of Saturday’s announcement, the pair were treated to a demonstration by Werribee Fire Brigade of events expected to be seen at the upcoming State Championships.
CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan said the $1.4 million program demonstrates the value of volunteers, who are lifeblood of many emergency services across the state.
“CFA is pleased to be in receipt of $500,000 from the Valuing Volunteers Program, with $300,00 invested in the State Championships," Chief Officer Heffernan said.
“This looks to cement the 150-year tradition of practising fire craft and competition, training and camaraderie; which goes toward building the strength and essence of what it means to be a volunteer.
“It’s a fantastic way to recognise the strength, resilience and capability in the community."
The 2022 State Championships will be held in Mooroopna in March. The Urban Juniors event will take place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March, the andUrban Senior, Rural Junior and Senior competitors will take to the field on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March.
Registrations for the 2022 event are open now. For more information, please go to Members Online.