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A big win for emergency services volunteers

Published 17/08/2015

Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) volunteer units will share in over $2 million dollars’ worth of equipment thanks to the 2015-16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

A total of $12.5 million has been allocated to Victoria’s emergency services volunteer groups to help them purchase life-saving equipment, trucks, boats, and fund minor upgrades.

VICSES volunteer units will use this money to purchase a variety of new vehicles and upgrades, storm trailers, equipment and undertake building renovations.

Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett said the 2015-16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grants help volunteer groups keep their communities safe.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our community. They help protect the lives of more than 3.3 million Victorians and deserve our support” she said.

The grants can be any amount up to $100,000. The program operates in a way that sees the Victorian Government contribute $2 for every $1 raised by local volunteer groups. Recipients include the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association (AVCGA), Country Fire Authority (CFA), Life Saving Victoria (LSV), Bush Search and Rescue Victoria, Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad, St John Ambulance Australia and the Torquay Marine Rescue Service.