Boost for local emergency volunteers in the Wimmera

Victorian emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost from the Victorian Government’s $15 million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program.

Hundreds of grant applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training have already been received from volunteer organisations across the state.

The Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, today announced a number of small grants for the region including:

  • $771 for Moyston Fire Brigade for an Engal portable fridge.
  • $1,616 for Kellalac Fire Brigade for a new chainsaw and safety equipment.
  • $1,962 for Grass Flat Fire Brigade for a pie warmer, microwave and patio heaters.
  • $3,715 for Ararat Fire Brigade for a Quickfill and generator tandem trailer.
  • $3,013 for Murtoa Fire brigade for an automatic external defibrillator.
  • $6,026 for Horsham Fire Brigade for 2 automatic external defibrillators.
  • $2,903 for Yaapeet Fire brigade for facility improvement, training and development, a smart TV and laptop.
  • $1,454 for Lawloit Fire Brigade for a portable fridge/freezer.
  • $1,440 for Ararat Fire Brigade Group for 4×4 off road tyres.
  • $2,047 for Dadswells Bridge Fire Brigade for improvements to the fire station, community engagement and education and a Quickfill box trailer.
  • $589 for Lawloit Fire Brigade for a navigational GPS.
  • $11,480 for Dimboola Urban Fire brigade for a new thermal imaging camera.

Ms Pulford said the grants will assist emergency volunteers in their crucial work.

“I congratulate all our grant recipients and hope it assists them in the outstanding job they do in keeping the community safe,” Ms Pulford said.

“I encourage all volunteer brigades and units across the Wimmera to visit the Emergency Management Victoria website and apply for a grant,” she said.

Emergency Services Minister, James Merlino, said the Government was supporting emergency management volunteers, investing in equipment, training and facilities.

“The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work, protecting Victorian properties and lives,” Mr Merlino said.

“Applications for the ESVS Grants Program are still open and I would encourage all eligible emergency volunteers to apply,” he said.

Organisations are eligible to apply for multiple grants.

To find out more about the ESVS Grants Program and to download the application form visit https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants.