A big win for emergency service volunteers
THE Victorian Government has delivered a $12.5 million boost to Victoria’s emergency services volunteer groups to help them purchase life-saving equipment, trucks and boats, and fund minor upgrades.
Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett said the 2015-16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grants would help volunteer groups keep their communities safe.
Under the program, the government contributes $2 for every $1 contributed by local volunteer groups from organisations such as the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA), Country Fire Authority (CFA), Life Saving Victoria (LSV), Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), and other eligible volunteer emergency service groups.
“The State Government recognises the enormous contribution of our 90,000 volunteers across the state and we’re pleased to support them by helping to fund life-saving equipment and vehicles,” Ms Garrett said.