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District brigades among recipients


Emergency services across the Wimmera, Mallee and Grampians will share in funding worth millions of dollars for equipment and upgrades to protect communitie­s.

Emergency Services Minister Jaclyn Symes announced the 2023-24 Victorian Emergency Service Equipment Program, VESEP, grant recipients at a ceremony at Harcourt, near Bendigo, last week.

Among grants worth almost $11 million for Country Fire Authority brigades, Beulah fire brigade will receive $170,000, Balmoral’s brigade will receive $70,000, Nhill brigade more than $65,000 and Donald brigade $62,000 to purchase vehicles and appliances.

Brimpaen fire brigade will receive $75,000 for facility upgrades, while a grant of $19,000 will purchase operationa­l equipment at District 17 headquarte­rs and Green Lake will receive $1300, also for operationa­l equipment.

CFA chief officer Jason Heffernan said the VESEP grants helped provide brigades with significan­t funding for life-saving equipment.

“This program provides $2 for every $1 of funding from the brigade and helps with the purchase of equipment such as vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and can also include minor facility improvemen­ts,” Mr Heffernan said.

“The contributi­on from the government towards equipment means brigades have a great incentive to fundraise in their communitie­s and apply for a VESEP grant.

“There are also ‘special access grants available to provide a further financial boost for brigades that face challenges with fundraisin­g.”

Victoria State Emergency Service units will receive more than $2.4 million.

Ararat’s State Emergency Service unit will receive almost $87,000 to purchase vehicles and appliances, while units at Kaniva and Nhill will receive about $85,000 each.

Ms Symes said the grants program supported vital fundraisin­g work within brigades and communitie­s.

“Our selfless emergency services volunteers are there when we need them most and these grants are all about helping ensure they have the latest equipment to do what they do best – protect communitie­s and save lives,” she said.

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