Two brigades net state grants

June 08, 2018

KNOWSLEY Fire Brigade and Redesdale Rural Fire Brigade have received grants via the state government’s Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program (EVGP).

The Knowsley brigade will put the funding towards enhanced first aid, while the Redesdale brigade will put theirs towards extra ancillary equipment.

CFA brigades and districts that made successful individual and joint applications in Round 1 of the EVGP will receive a range of equipment, upgrades and training.

Round two applications opened on June 1, giving the Heathcote brigade another chance to tap into invaluable resources to support the communities they serve.

In total, the two rounds will deliver $10 million in extra funding for our volunteer brigades.

Acting Chief Officer Garry Cook welcomed the announcement, saying brigades and districts across the state had been successful in securing almost 250 Enhancing Volunteerism Grants in round one of the initiative.

“While fighting bushfires is core to what we do, our volunteers do so much more. They attend urban house fires, motor vehicle accidents, natural disasters and provide essential community safety education initiatives,” Acting Chief Officer Cook said.

“These grants will support, equip and enable our volunteers to continue to meet changes in community needs, the environment and technology across the range of services they deliver.

“Having the equipment and support they need helps brigades keep their communities safe, retain and attract members, and prepare for and respond to emergencies.”

Brigades are strongly encouraged to apply for round two grants. Applications close on June 30.

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