Emergency volunteer grants announced


16 February, 2017

Victorian emergency management volunteers across the state are receiving much needed funds to do their crucial work through the Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) Grants Program.

Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino, Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke and Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny recently visited the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard’s Frankston Flotilla to congratulate successful recipients under the $15 million grants program.

More than 260 grants worth over $5 million have been approved in the first round of the grants program to support volunteers.

Victoria’s Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) providers were among the beneficiaries, sharing a $100,000 grant for comprehensive insurance cover for the 2016-17 financial year.

MSAR providers, including the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard in Frankston, Hastings and Carrum, the Southern Peninsula Rescue Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue Mornington and Hastings also received grants for fuel to enable more on-water training. 

Devon Meadows CFA will receive over $10,000 for a thermal-imaging camera and pack, to help detect hot spots in bush and house fires, and assist with search and rescue and hazmat incidents.

The Frankston unit of Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) successfully secured grant funding for a new utility vehicle to replace the old station wagon, health and safety upgrades to the unit’s building, an ICT infrastructure upgrade and a new generator.

Hundreds of applications to-date will support emergency management volunteers across the state to receive: 

  • First aid equipment, including defibrillators and simulation mannequins
  • Operational equipment including generators, helmet torches, chainsaws and hoses
  • Upgraded communications, such as portable UFH radios and thermal Imaging cameras
  • Community engagement tool kits 
  • Training courses
  • Rescue equipment, including flotation devices and rescue airbag
  • Facility upgrades including observation towers, rainwater tanks, lockers.

View a full list of grant recipients at the ESVS Grants webpage. (External link)

The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability (ESVS) Grants Program has been established to ensure emergency management volunteers can continue to deliver their crucial work to keep Victorians safe.

Eligible emergency management volunteers that need operational equipment, facility improvements, training and development, community engagement and education and other requirements that will assist to enhance services should apply now.

Volunteer brigades and units across the state, including CFA, Victorian SES, Life Saving Victoria, marine search and rescue teams and other organisations that fall under the Emergency Management Manual Victoria (EMMV) are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be assessed and processed on an ongoing basis until the program finishes on 30 June 2017 or program allocation is expended in 2016/17.

For more information, including on how to apply, head to the ESVS Grants Program web page (External link) (External link).