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Media Release

Extra resources help volunteer firefighters this bushfire season - great southern 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.

Plantagenet volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has received a grant towards an aerial support quick fill pump.

It will be used to refill aerial water bombers using a local airstrip rather than the pilots having to return to Albany each time.

FESA Regional Director Great Southern Grant Olsen said the pump would greatly reduce the turnaround time pilots needed making them more efficient.

“A tough bushfire season is expected, with late rains resulting in more fuel especially in the great southern coastal area of the state,” Mr Olsen 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 ENDS

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