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Media Release

Grants scheme helps VES and SES units this bushfire season
Tuesday 15 December 2009 – 1:55 PM

More than 840 emergency service volunteer groups will benefit from a new $750,000 Lotterywest grants scheme.


Volunteer Emergency Service units (VES), State Emergency Services (SES) units, Bush Fire brigades, Volunteer Fire Service brigades and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service stations have begun applying for grants for items that support emergency services operations.


Lotterywest Program Manager Alan Moore said they were pleased to offer the grants to help boost emergency services during what is expected to be a particularly busy bushfire and summer season, when extra resources will be of great use.


“Currently volunteers receive funding for essential items and services under the Emergency Services Levy,” Mr Moore said. 


“These grants aid volunteers in other areas such as training, new equipment, building improvements and water storage for firefighting purposes.”


Tambellup Volunteer Emergency Service Unit has received a grant towards the purchase of a trailer-mounted pump that will enable more efficient refilling of the community fire appliance.


FESA Regional Director Great Southern Grant Olsen said the new equipment will greatly assist the unit during their busiest time of year.


“A tough bushfire season is expected, due to spring rains and a wet winter providing higher fuel loads,” Mr Olsen said.


“With the risk of bushfires imminent property owners need to take responsibility for their survival by preparing their property and developing a bushfire survival plan.”


Meanwhile Pingelly volunteer State Emergency Service Unit has received a grant towards two GPS (Global Positioning System) devices.


“These GPS devices will help SES volunteers during land searches, callouts in emergencies, training and supporting community events,” said Mr Olsen.


For more information on how to prepare for the bushfire season visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au




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