A big win for emer­gency ser­vice vol­un­teers

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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