Multi Million Dollar Program Now Open for Local Emergency Services

The Victorian Government will provide up to $12.54 million to support volunteer emergency services organisations protect lives and property across the state.  This is an increase of more than $400,000 than the previous year.

Applications for the 2015-16 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) are now open.

VESEP is a great opportunity for local volunteer groups to boost their resources.

VESEP offers grants up to a maximum of $100,000 for emergency service volunteer groups to assist them when responding to emergencies such as fires, floods, heatwaves, storms, water rescues or related incidents.

The grants are used to purchase additional operational equipment, vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and support minor facility improvements.

The government will contribute $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by the local volunteer groups.

The program is open to the following groups:

  • Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association
  • Country Fire Authority
  • Life Saving Victoria
  • Victoria State Emergency Service
  • Other eligible volunteer emergency services groups as defined in the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc, Tim Richardson MP

“Local volunteers perform a vital role and are the backbone of the emergency services organizations that we all rely upon. Their dedication and hard work keeps our community safe.”

“This program will support emergency service volunteers by providing them access to funds to carry out their roles safely and efficiently.”

“I strongly encourage all eligible groups to apply for Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program funding.”

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