Western Victoria CFA Fire Brigades Receive Grants For New Equipment

Western Victoria CFA Fire Brigades Receive Grants For New Equipment

Victoria Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino

$91,000 For Country Fire Authority Brigades In Western Victoria

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government has announced $91,000 in grants for new equipment and upgrades at Country Fire Authority (CFA) brigades in Willaura, Wickliffe, Pomonal and the Westmere Group.

“Congratulations to the Willaura, Wickliffe and Pomonal brigades, and the Westmere Group, on securing funding to help them continue their vital work in keeping the community safe.” Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino said.

“These are some of the most active brigades in the state and we are proud to support the valuable work they do in Western Victoria and the Ararat region.”

Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today visited the Willaura Fire Station to congratulate volunteers on their successful application under the $15 Million Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) Grants Program.

Funding will enable these brigades to buy new equipment, upgrade facilities and keep their communities safe.

Willaura will receive more than $37,000 to upgrade the fire station with new external cladding and windows.

Willaura Fire Station is more than 50 years old and has undergone a number of extensions over the years. The new facade will provide a uniform look for the entire building, which is also the local command facility and headquarters for the Westmere Group.

Pomonal CFA Brigade will receiving more than $39,000 to upgrade bathrooms and storage facilities, while Wickliffe CFA will get $4,600 for portable emergency lights and a defibrillator.

Westmere Group, which includes 19 CFA brigades across Western Victoria, will receive $10,200 so it can trade-in and upgrade its four-wheel drive command vehicle.

Funding is being provided through the third tranche of the ESVS Grants Program, which provides for urgent equipment replacement, facility upgrades and minor works, community engagement and training.

“Our volunteers do a great job protecting our communities and Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants give them the opportunity to share in $15 Million of funding to enhance their services.” Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said.

Grants Program is open to volunteers, brigades, units and clubs including CFA, VICSES, Marine Search and Rescue providers, Life Saving Victoria and other emergency management organisations.

It has already delivered $8.8 Million through 540 grants to volunteers around the state. The third tranche will fund a further 326 grants totalling $5.6 Million.