Victoria Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells
Record Boost To Fund Trucks, Tankers And New Equipment For Emergency Services Volunteers
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells today announced the Victorian Coalition Government was investing a record $12.23 Million to ensure emergency services volunteers have the tools they need to do their job and keep Victorians safe.
Launching this year’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), Mr. Wells said grants of up to $100,000 would go to emergency services groups for operational equipment such as vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, and trailers to make minor facility improvements.
Under the VESEP, the Coalition Government contributes $2 for every $1 contributed by volunteers from organisations such as the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association, CFA , Life Saving Victoria, VICSES, or any eligible volunteer emergency services groups.
“Since 2011, the Coalition Government has paid $23.55 Million towards new equipment for 457 emergency services groups under this program.” Mr. Wells said.
“The VESEP is a partnership between the Coalition Government and communities to ensure emergency services volunteers purchase equipment that supports the ongoing protection and safety of all Victorians.”
“Emergency services volunteers are the backbone of Victoria’s emergency response so we want to ensure they have the latest equipment available to help them carry out their vital work.”
“With this year’s record boost, we expect to deliver even more equipment to volunteer groups.”
“We will continue to ensure our emergency services volunteers are better equipped to respond safely and effectively to emergencies, whether it is floods, storms or bushfires.” Mr. Wells said.