Northern Victoria’s emergency management volunteers are getting a well-deserved funding boost thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants program.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced more than $700,000 in funding from applications for equipment, communications, facility upgrades and community engagement and training from the CFA, SES, Ambulance Victoria, coast guard and other organisations.

Ms Symes congratulated the organisations for their successful grant applications which will assist our hard working volunteers in the crucial work they do in keeping our community safe.

“This funding will help our dedicated emergency service volunteers from the CFA, SES, St John’s Ambulance and Ambulance Victoria continue to keep our communities safe in an emergency,” Ms Symes said.

“This Labor Government funding will improve conditions at local stations, provide lifesaving equipment, and provide brigades with essential operation equipment that keep our country towns safe in an emergency.

“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the significant contribution of the more than 100,000 emergency management volunteers, investing in equipment, training and facilities to keep our communities safe.

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

To find out more about the ESVS Grants Program visit



Agency Brigade/Club Name Details of purchase/project Grant
AVCGA Lake Eppalock Operational equipment:3 x defibrillator packages $6,531.81  
CFA Arthurs Creek Strathewen Facility improvement: $985.00
    32″ TV and wall bracket  
    120L bar fridge  
CFA Arthurs Creek Strathewen Operational equipment: $3,121.11
    2 x desktop computers  
CFA Baddaginnie Fire Brigade Operational equipment: $2,509.00
    Engel refrigerator plus mounting kit for installation into tanker  
CFA Barnawartha Fire Brigade Operational equipment: $4,361.00
    3 x Waeco fridge – 35ltr  
    3 x fridge protector transit bags  
    3 x fridge slide  
CFA Birchip Operational equipment: $1,882.00
    Quickfill trailer 8×5 with hurdles to carry suction hose  
CFA Birchip Facility improvement: $3,748.18
    Office furniture including desk, office chairs, bookcase and storage  
    20 x stackable meeting chairs  
CFA Carlsruhe Facility Improvement: $1,800.00
    Desktop Computer  
CFA Coimadai Fire Brigade Facility improvement: $12,688.18
    40 x stackable chairs  
    5 x 10 seater tables  
    Laser printer  
    2 x cabinets  
CFA Everton Fire Brigade Operational equipment: $6,812.73
    Trailer mounted with quickfill with work lights  
CFA Hesket-Kerrie Fire Brigade Operational equipment: $4,480.00
    2 x defibrillators  
CFA Irymple Fire Brigade Operational Equipment/Facility Improvement: $36,755.00
    Holden Colorado twin cab  
CFA Kangaroo Flat Fire Brigade Operational equipment: $18,690.80
    Thermal imaging camera  
    2 x HeartStart defibrillators  
CFA Kyneton Fire Brigade Facility improvement: $32,400.00
    Motor room, door safety upgrade  
    New motors for bi-fold doors in motor room  
CFA Kyneton Group Operational equipment: $1,978.00
    6 x chairs for local command facility  
    1 x all in one printer  
    1 x magnetic whiteboard  
    120 x magnetic nameplates  
CFA Little Yarra Fire Brigade Operational equipment: $4,500.00
    Quenchmaster “A” Class Foam System including installation  
CFA Mount Hotham – Dinner Plain Fire Brigade Facility improvement: $2,133.64
    TV and bracket  
CFA Murrayville Group Operational equipment: $10,630.00
    Supply and installation of tyre deflate/reflate system on tanker  
CFA Sea Lake Facility improvement: $9,758.19
    Garden improvements including weed mat and irrigation system  
CFA Tallangatta Fire Brigades Group Operational equipment: $11,784.00
    Trailer and accessories including generator, flood lights, BBQ and gas bottles, fuel can, fridge, tables and chairs, battery and charger  
    Catering accessories including urn, containers and eskies  
CFA Taradale Operational equipment: $3,892.20
    Air compressor  
    Smoke generator  
    25L fluid smoke  
CFA Waitchie Fire Brigade Operational equipment: $3,892.40
    HeartStart Defibrillator and wall mount  
    2 x Protek branches  
Ambulance Victoria Training and development: $16,890.00
  Kinglake Community Emergency Response Team Defibrillator and simulation mannequin  
St John Ambulance Operational equipment: $46,205.49
  Mallee Regional Team Santa Fe Hyundai vehicle and fitout  
St John Ambulance Operational equipment: $9,749.00
  Statewide Tech Services Team Antenna and cable replacement for Mount Kerang site  
    Spectrum analyser and tracking generator  
Red Cross Sunraysia Red Cross Emergency Service Facility improvement: $4,238.00
    6x iPads and accessories, 6x Trend Micro Mobile Security, 6x Griffin Survivor Cases, 2x Belkin Outlets (power cords)  
Upper Goulburn Community Radio Radio Murrindindi Operational equipment: (Broadcasting) $15,540.00
    FM Broadcast transmitter  
VICSES Benalla Unit Facility improvement: $28,022.73
    Kitchen facility upgrade. Supply and installation of two industrial motorised and remote controlled roller doors  
VICSES Bendigo Unit Operational equipment: $47,467.32
    2017 Ford Ranger, XLT dual cab utility vehicle  
VICSES Birchip Unit Operational equipment: $37,564.99
    VICSES storm trailer  
VICSES Healesville Unit Facility improvement: $22,727.27
    Asphalt paving around the building and vehicle yard  
VICSES Healesville Unit Operational equipment: $5,180.04
    Mule II Litter – wheeled stretcher carrier  
VICSES Hepburn Shire Unit Operational equipment: $39,900.00
    Light tower – mobile lighting platform lodged on trailer with generator  
VICSES Murrayville Facility improvement: $17,030.00
    Interior floor coverings and kitchen upgrade  
VICSES Nillumbik Unit Facility improvement: $6,255.00
    Hydration storage fridge  
VICSES Nillumbik Unit Operational equipment: $23,916.01
    Road rescue hydraulic equipment including combitool, chocks and core hose  
VICSES Whittlesea Operational equipment: $21,863.17
    2 x remote area lighting systems  
    4 x shelter lighting systems  
    Portable lighting  
VICSES Whittlesea Operational equipment: $5,180.04
    Mule II Litter – wheeled stretcher carrier  
VICSES Wodonga Facility improvement: $10,457.87
    Installation of cable for remote location of generator  
    Emergency office lighting  
VICSES Woomelang Unit Facility improvement: $6,297.33
    Heavy duty ride on lawn mower  
    Spray trailer and accessories  
VICSES Wycheproof Operational equipment: $41,150.00
    Trailer mounted lighting tower and decals  
VICSES Yackandandah Facility improvement: $24,854.12
    Office upgrade including split system, flooring, painting, framing and cladding