SES and CFA units benefit from funding for new equipment

Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley (second from right) with SES officers Gavin Kelly, Ararat controller Donna Dunmore and Geoff Dunmore.

Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley (second from right) with SES officers Gavin Kelly, Ararat controller Donna Dunmore and Geoff Dunmore.

COUNTRY Fire Authority and State Emergency Service units in the Ararat, Stawell and Buangor areas will receive funding for new equipment and vehicles.

They will share in grants totalling $519,051.

The Ararat SES will receive $98,763 for a large field truck, the Stawell Fire Brigade, $43,440 for a large field command vehicle and the Buangor and Middle Creek Fire Brigade, $2,159 for a defibrillator.

"The Napthine Government is committed to providing our emergency services with the resources and equipment they need to keep Victorians safe and support stronger local communities," Liberal Candidate for Ripon Louise Staley said.

"I am very pleased that the Ripon CFA and SES services have received these grants which will enhance their emergency response capability.

"This is all part of our plan to invest in projects in our local area to make Ripon an even better place to live."

Ms Staley said that the Napthine Government had delivered $12.23 million for the 2014-15 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment program (VESEP).

"The VESEP is a partnership between the Napthine Government and communities that allows emergency services volunteers to purchase the latest equipment that will support the ongoing protection of all Victorians," Ms Staley said.

"In recognition of the significant contribution made by emergency services, the Napthine Government has invested more than $48 million in the VESEP program since 2010," Louise Staley said.

This year the Napthine Government has allocated 260 grants to various volunteer organisations across the state.

Recipients this year include the CFA, VICSES, Life Saving Victoria and the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association.

"After visiting the Ararat SES with Minister Wells in May, I am particularly delighted to announce $98,763 has been granted to the Ararat SES for a new LRT Merc Sprinter response vehicle," Ms Staley said.

"By keeping the economy strong the Napthine Government are able to deliver on our plan to give families the services they need and reinvest in stronger local communities."

Meeting with SES volunteers in Ararat, Member for Western Victoria David O'Brien said that the state government was committed to providing emergency services with the resources and equipment they need to keep Victorians safe.

"I am very pleased that the brigades have received these grants which will enhance their emergency response capability," Mr O'Brien said.

"This is all part of our plan to invest in projects in our local area to make Western Victoria an even better place to live."

Nationals candidate for Ripon Scott Turner said that it was good to see the Coalition government supporting emergency services volunteers in smaller communities.

"In recognition of the significant contribution made by emergency services, the Coalition Government has invested more than $48 million in the VESEP program since 2010," Mr Turner said.

"The Nationals have always placed a high priority on the 90,000 volunteers who are the backbone of our emergency response and generously give their time assisting others.

"I congratulate all CFA and SES volunteers for their commitment to community protection."

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