Millions of dollars worth of grants are now on offer for volunteer emergency service groups to purchase vital resources such as rescue equipment, trucks and facility upgrades.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Service Peter Ryan today announced almost $12 million would be made available under the 2012/2013 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).
“Our emergency services volunteers play a crucial role in protecting lives and property and the Victorian Coalition Government is pleased to be providing record funding to boost the capability of local volunteers to respond to emergencies,” Mr Ryan said.
“By committing more money for equipment and upgrades than ever before, the Coalition Government is ensuring our emergency services groups have the resources they need to continue their vital work in the community.”
Under the program emergency services volunteer groups can access grants of up to $100,000 for operational equipment, vehicles and appliances and minor facility improvements.
VESEP will contribute $2 for every $1 of funding up to $100,000. Applicants must meet a range of criteria and will be assessed by a panel comprising representatives from government and respective emergency services organisations.
“From surf lifesavers to fire fighters, our volunteers are the backbone of Victoria’s emergency services so we want to ensure they have the best equipment available to help them carry on their vital work,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Coalition Government’s VESEP initiative will ensure our emergency services volunteers are better equipped to respond safely and effectively to emergencies, whether it be floods, heat waves or bushfires.”
Mr Ryan said the program was open to the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, Country Fire Authority, Life Saving Victoria, Victoria State Emergency Service and other eligible volunteer groups.
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