MAJOR BOOST FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES IN NORTHERN VICTORIA

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

The Andrews Labor Government has invested $2,166,363 in emergency services in Northern Victoria to provide essential operational equipment, vehicles, appliances and minor facility improvements for local volunteers.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes announced 31 local Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Victorian State Emergency Services (VICSES) would receive additional funding to help protect their local community.

The investment is part of the Government’s 2020-21 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) which is providing more than $14 million to 240 grant recipients across Victoria.

The annual grants program gives volunteer emergency service groups the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $150,000 to purchase equipment including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and for minor improvements including refurbishments and amenities, such as kitchens and change rooms.

The Government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution.

For more information about the VESEP, visit the Emergency Management Victoria website – emv.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson

“We’re ensuring our emergency service volunteers are well resourced with the essential equipment they need to carry out their critical work.”

“Emergency service volunteers make selfless and brave contributions to local communities and the broader Victorian community – and the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program supports their ongoing dedication to keeping Victorians safe.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“These important projects will give our hardworking CFA and VICSES volunteers in Northern Victoria the equipment and amenities needed to effectively carry out their duties.”

“I’d like to thank all of our volunteer groups for their hard work and congratulate the successful applicants in the 2019-20 round of VESEP grants.”