MONBULK benefits from $9 million BOOST FOR CFA volunteer EQUIPMENT

CFA volunteers in MONBULK will share in more than $9.3 million in grants for the equipment, trucks, and facilities they need to keep Victorians safe.

The Andrews Labor Government today announced the recipients of the 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program.

Under the program, the government commits $2 for every $1 raised by volunteer groups to help them buy additional trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and carry out minor facility upgrades.

James Merlino MP said local CFA volunteer brigades in MONBULK are among the recipients.

Upwey CFA received $80,000 for a Light Tanker – Crew cab;

Belgrave Heights & South CFA received $10,650 for asphalting of carpark & driveway;

Olinda CFA received $3,333 for station furniture.

The $9.3 million package also includes more than $2.8 million for a state-wide initiative to improve the safety and wellbeing of volunteer firefighters.

The CFA will use these funds to replace ageing equipment, provide specialist cool climate clothing, improve work amenities and boost support for CFA Coast Guard Brigades.

The Victorian State Emergency Service, Life Saving Victoria and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association were among the other organisations to receive grants under the almost $13 million program. In addition to the VESEP program the Labor Government has invested tens of millions of dollars since it came to government in new CFA trucks, station rebuilds and upgrades, and new training facilities.

For more information about the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, visit emv.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to James Merlino MP

“These grants will provide a welcome boost to volunteer CFA brigades in <REGION> helping them buy the equipment they need to keep Victorians safe.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting emergency service volunteers to do their life-saving work safely and effectively by providing grants for vital equipment and resources.”

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