Volunteer Rescue Association Receives Additional Funding

Volunteer Rescue Association Receives Additional Funding

New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant

Major Boost For Volunteer Rescue Association

Victor P Taffa

State’s emergency rescue volunteers will be even better equipped to help keep the community safe, with new funding for vehicles, equipment and training under the New South Wales Liberals & Nationals Government.

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant announced the New South Wales Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) would receive $18.8 Million in additional funding over 4 years while visiting Wagga Wagga today.

“VRA are a dedicated group of volunteers who provide lifesaving services at road crashes, land searches, vertical rescues and even ski-related incidents.” Minister Grant said.

“These specialist rescue operators work from more than 58 locations across New South Wales, and under a New South Wales Liberals & Nationals Government they will be able to upgrade and improve their capabilities with the support and funding they need.”

Minister Grant said the funding will deliver 30 new rescue vehicles, including 18 medium rescue trucks and 12 quick response trucks, for regional New South Wales, and provide standardised equipment for vertical, swift water and general land rescue, as well as communications and training.

“This will mean new vehicles across a number of areas, including Brunswick Heads, Bega, Leeton, Narrabri, Wagga Wagga and the Tweed.” Minister Grant said.

“These volunteers often perform rescues under very challenging conditions, so we want to do everything we can to ensure they’re as safe as possible.”

New South Wales Nationals candidate for Wagga Wagga Mackenna Powell welcomed the announcement.

“VRA play such an important role in Wagga Wagga and beyond, so this extra support for the many dedicated volunteers means more support for our community in times of trouble too.” Ms. Powell said.

New South Wales VRA Commissioner Mark Gibson welcomed the Government’s commitment to throw their weight behind the organisation and its talented volunteers.

“This year marks 50 years since the VRA was established, and while our volunteers are the absolute backbone of our operation, we couldn’t continue without funding and support, so the New South Wales Government’s pledge is crucial to our ongoing work.” Mr. Gibson said.

“Our incredible volunteers carry out thousands of rescues each year, from bushland areas to alpine regions and everywhere in between this support will only strengthen those efforts.”