VESEP grants announced for CFA projects

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Volunteers from the north-east were among brigades across Victoria to welcome this year’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) announcement, with Springhurst Fire Brigade set to receive a new medium tanker.


The $435,000 vehicle for Springhurst is one of approximately 150 CFA projects that have been funded in this year’s VESEP grants.

Springhurst Fire Brigade Captain Stuart Maxwell said the local volunteers were looking forward to receiving the new medium tanker which will help boost their ability to protect lives and property.

“The medium tanker is like an all-abilities unit and the country around Springhurst includes cropping land as well as rougher terrain, so having four-wheel drive accessibility will be very helpful,” Captain Maxwell said.

“Being a twin-cab vehicle is excellent as the safety and wellbeing of our members is paramount, and having the best equipment is fantastic for our small community that gives so much.

“We’re very grateful to everyone in the community who has helped fundraise for this, including individuals and businesses as they really help make our brigade as strong as we can be.”

The new vehicle will replace the brigade’s existing medium tanker, and will be able to carry 2,350 litres of water, transport five people, and has four-wheel drive capability.

The grants also include a range of replacement vehicles for brigades including Axedale, Smythesdale and Wurdale, while Goroke, Nilma North and Upton Hill are among those receiving updated amenities.

CFA Chief Officer Jason Heffernan said VESEP grants help provide brigades with significant funding for life-saving equipment.

“This program provides $2 for every $1 of funding from the brigade, and helps with the purchase of equipment such as vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers, and can also include minor facility improvements,” CO Heffernan said.

“The contribution from the government towards equipment means brigades like Springhurst have a great incentive to fundraise in their communities and apply for a VESEP grant.

“There are also Special Access Grants available to provide a further financial boost for brigades that face challenges with fundraising.”

The full list of successful applicants has been published on the Emergency Management Victoria Website.


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