Australia: Announced at the Wattle Glen today, the County Fire Authority (CFA) of Victoria is set to get an additional $20 million in funding for CFA volunteer brigades, covering:
- 28 firefighting trucks
- work wear and protective clothing of volunteer firefighters.
A new $15m Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program was also launched and is available to volunteers in 2016-17.
The $15m of grants can be used for a range of purposes, including:
- new trailers, hoses, rescue and safety equipment, generators and other operational equipment
- facility upgrades and maintenance
- training and development
- other needs that volunteers believe will assist their brigade or unit and improve services to the community.
The grants program is open to volunteer brigades and units across the state, including the CFA, Victorian SES, Life Saving Victoria, marine search and rescue teams and other organisations that fall under the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.
Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) has information on the new Volunteer grants program and organisations interested in applying for the can find out more information at www.emv.vic.gov.au/esvsgrants.
Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino launched the programs today.