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Media Release

Extra resources help volunteer firefighters this bushfire season - south west region
Thursday 5 November 2009 – 10:15 AM
More than 840 emergency service volunteer groups will be better off thanks to a new $750,000 Lotterywest grants scheme.

Bush fire brigades, State Emergency Services (SES) units, Volunteer Emergency Service units, Volunteer Fire Service brigades and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service stations have started applying to seek grants for items that aid emergency services work.

Lotterywest Program Manager Alan Moore said they were pleased to offer the grants, particularly coming up to bushfire season when extra resources will be of great use.

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

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

Under the scheme, a number of grants have been approved to equip volunteer firefighters this bushfire season.

The Wellington Mills Volunteer Bushfire Brigade has received a grant towards a 5,000 gallon rainwater tank, for which community volunteers will assist with the installation. The group currently sources its water from a small dam on a neighbouring private property.

FESA Regional Director South West Greg McKay said the new tank will provide the Brigade with its own water source to reduce reliance on the dam.

“A tough bushfire season is expected, with late rains resulting in more fuel especially in the south west corner of the state,” Mr McKay said.

“With the risk of bushfires not far away property owners need to take responsibility for their survival by preparing their property and developing a bushfire survival plan.”

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


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