10 August 2012
Malvern’s volunteer emergency services will share in a record $11.95 million Coalition Government investment in operational equipment, vehicles and amenities upgrades across Victoria, Member for Malvern, Michael O’Brien MP said today.
Mr O’Brien said the Malvern SES Unit were among 261 volunteer emergency services units across Victoria to receive funding under the 2012/2013 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).
“We see our emergency service volunteers in action when responding to life threatening situations such as fires, floods, heatwaves and storms, it is therefore crucial they have the necessary equipment for the job,” Mr O’Brien said.
“It is important our volunteer groups such as the SES and CFA are supported through grants such as the VESEP so they can continue to do what they do best, protecting lives and property throughout Victoria,” Mr O’Brien said.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Emergency Services Peter Ryan said Victoria’s 90,000 emergency services volunteers were fundamental to the state’s ability to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
“VESEP funding provides vital equipment for our volunteers who give up their time and energy and are selfless in their efforts to protect lives and property during an emergency,” Mr Ryan said.
“The Victorian Government contributes $2 for every $1 of funding contributed by local volunteer groups, demonstrating how much can be achieved when community, government and emergency services agencies work together.”