Emergency services boost

November 23, 2017

Emergency services in Greater Shepparton have received Victorian Government funding to purchase important equipment.

Emergency services in Greater Shepparton received a great boost from the Victorian Government with $282666 going towards important equipment and vehicles for volunteers in the district.

Victorian Emergency Services Minister James Merlino announced the outcome of the 2017-18 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program for 300 successful applicants on Friday.

Shepparton Country Fire Authority will receive $123833 for a big fill vehicle to enhance operational capability. Shepparton Search and Rescue Squad will receive $100000 for a four-wheel drive rescue and support vehicle and equipment. Tatura State Emergency Service has received $51606 for the upgrading of an emergency response vehicle. Mooroopna CFA will receive $5200 for lighting and Kialla and District CFA gets $2027 for a defibrillator.

Tatura SES deputy controller operations Kris Parker said keeping lives and property safe was his main concern.

‘‘The importance of keeping our equipment, vehicles and facilities up to date is vital in providing our local community the highest standard of emergency response,’’ he said.

‘‘This grant will allow us to upgrade one of our vehicles this year which will see an increase in its weight and towing carrying capacity and will ensure it is ready at a moment’s notice to respond to emergencies in the local area.’’

Unit controller Stephen Tuck said the unit was grateful for being successful in this year’s VESEP program and must offer a huge thank you to Tatura Milk for their recent donation of $5000 towards this project.

‘‘Volunteers in our communities do an incredible job keeping the local community safe and they deserve nothing but the best equipment,’’ State Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said.

Emergency services volunteers across the state will share in $13 million in grants to help them keep Victorian communities safe.

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