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Multi-Million Dollar Boost for Victoria’s Emergency Services Volunteers

16 March 2015

The Andrews Labor Government will provide up to $12.54 million to help volunteer emergency services organisations protect lives and properties across the state.

Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett, today announced the opening of the 2015-16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

VESEP offers grants of up to $100,000 for emergency service volunteer groups to assist them when responding to emergencies such as fires, floods, heatwaves, storms, water rescues or related incidents.

The grants are used to purchase additional operational equipment, vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and support minor facility improvements.

The Labor Government will contribute $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer groups.

The program is open to the:
· Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
· Country Fire Authority
· Life Saving Victoria
· Victoria State Emergency Service
· Other eligible volunteer emergency services groups as defined in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.

The Labor Government’s commitment of $12.54 million towards the program is almost $400,000 more than the previous year.

For further information, visit www.emv.vic.gov.auExternal Link

Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services, Jane Garrett

“Volunteers are the backbone of many emergency services organisations. Their dedication and hard work keeps our communities safe.”

“Over the last few months, volunteers have been especially busy fighting fires, responding to storms and floods affecting parts of Victoria and protecting us on our beaches and waterways.”

“The Andrews Labor Government is supporting emergency service volunteers by providing them access to funds to carry out their roles safely and efficiently.”

“I strongly encourage all eligible groups to apply for Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program funding.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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