Emergency services volunteer grants enhancing community protection

Written on the 29 September 2014

Emergency services volunteer grants enhancing community protection

 

 

This year, volunteer emergency services organisations in Victoria have received a share of $12.23 million in Victorian Coalition Government grants for new equipment, vehicle upgrades and building refurbishments.

A record 260 grants have been allocated to various volunteer organisations. Allocations included three state wide initiatives:

  • SES - $310,000 to upgrade unit owned vehicles and a new computer for every unit in Victoria
  • CFA - $1.4 million to purchase new listening sets, replacement of old pumps and equipment, wet weather clothing, thermal imaging cameras and IT equipment.
  • Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA) – $98,700 to upgrade the marine distress monitoring radio system

Among the other major beneficiaries:

  • CFA – more than $8.8 million
  • SES – more than $2 million
  • Life Saving Victoria – more than $716,000
  • AVCGA – $267,000

Other organisations to receive grants include the Glen Eira division of St John Ambulance Australia, Bush Search and Rescue Victoria, Southern Peninsula Rescue Squad, Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Torquay Marine Rescue Service.

The Victorian Coalition Government places a high priority on the more than 90,000 volunteers who are the backbone of our emergency response and generously give their time assisting others.

In addition, every SES Unit across the state has received a new computer as part of the 2014-15 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grants.

 

 

Pictured recently inspecting St John Ambulance equipment in ambulance and transfer vehicles with parliamentary colleagues, Member for Caulfield and Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency services, David Southwick and Member for Gembrook and Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, Brad Battin.


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