Emergency Services | November 10, 2021

Local emergency groups to receive equipment funding

Twenty-three CFA brigades and one SES unit across western Victoria will receive funding under the latest round of the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy said it was important local emergency services were well equipped, with an increased risk of grass fires forecast this summer. 

“These grants will allow brigades to purchase critical operational equipment and appliances to help serve and protect our local communities ahead of the approaching fire season,” Ms Kealy said.

The CFA brigades and SES unit will receive a share of $847,317 of funding for vehicles and appliances, operational equipment and minor facility improvements to assist their future firefighting capabilities.

“The VESEP provides $2 for every $1 raised by local brigades whom do an extraordinary amount of their own fundraising throughout the year,” Ms Kealy said.

“I congratulate local CFA brigades and SES units who have done the hard yards to fundraise towards these grants.

“We rely heavily on our amazing volunteers to protect us from fires, floods and natural disasters and it is important that we support those who support us.”

Grant recipients included:

Operational equipment funding: Jung CFA – $28,333; Leeor CFA – $12,840; Natimuk CFA – $13,390; Propodollah CFA – $12,840.

Vehicles and appliances funding: Casterton CFA – $67,200; Edenhope CFA – $65,000; Kaniva CFA – $67,000; Charlton CFA – $52,562; Mitre CFA – $125,000; Mooralla CFA – $125,000; Stawell CFA – $22,667.

Minor facility improvements funding: Digby CFA – $53,000; Dimboola CFA – $48,044; Horsham CFA – $20,000; Warracknabeal CFA – $31,740; Mortlake SES Unit – $57,112.

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