Two bri­gades net state grants

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

KNOWSLEY Fire Brigade and Redes­dale Ru­ral Fire Brigade have re­ceived grants via the state govern­ment’s En­hanc­ing Vol­un­teerism Grants Pro­gram (EVGP).

The Knowsley brigade will put the fund­ing to­wards en­hanced first aid, while the Redes­dale brigade will put theirs to­wards ex­tra an­cil­lary equip­ment.

CFA bri­gades and dis­tricts that made suc­cess­ful in­di­vid­ual and joint ap­pli­ca­tions in Round 1 of the EVGP will re­ceive a range of equip­ment, up­grades and train­ing.

Round two ap­pli­ca­tions opened on June 1, giv­ing the Heath­cote brigade another chance to tap into in­valu­able re­sources to sup­port the com­mu­ni­ties they serve.

In to­tal, the two rounds will de­liver $10 mil­lion in ex­tra fund­ing for our vol­un­teer bri­gades.

Act­ing Chief Of­fi­cer Garry Cook wel­comed the an­nounce­ment, say­ing bri­gades and dis­tricts across the state had been suc­cess­ful in se­cur­ing al­most 250 En­hanc­ing Vol­un­teerism Grants in round one of the ini­tia­tive.

“While fight­ing bush­fires is core to what we do, our vol­un­teers do so much more. They at­tend ur­ban house fires, mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and pro­vide es­sen­tial com­mu­nity safety ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives,” Act­ing Chief Of­fi­cer Cook said.

“These grants will sup­port, equip and en­able our vol­un­teers to con­tinue to meet changes in com­mu­nity needs, the en­vi­ron­ment and tech­nol­ogy across the range of ser­vices they de­liver.

“Hav­ing the equip­ment and sup­port they need helps bri­gades keep their com­mu­ni­ties safe, re­tain and at­tract mem­bers, and pre­pare for and re­spond to emer­gen­cies.”

Bri­gades are strongly en­cour­aged to ap­ply for round two grants. Ap­pli­ca­tions close on June 30.

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