Benalla CFA volunteers to get a new big fill

20 August 2015

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Benalla CFA will benefit from a new big fill thanks to the latest round of Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) grants.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan congratulated the brigade on its successful application.

“This grant program is important because it ensures the volunteers who give their time to protect the community have modern facilities and equipment,” Ms Ryan said.

“Grants are provided to help brigades purchase operational equipment, trucks or to undertake minor upgrades. The Benalla CFA will be using its grant to buy a new big fill.”

Ms Ryan said the local brigade was always quick to pitch in in the fight to protect lives and property.

“Benalla is fortunate to have many dedicated volunteers who are committed to keeping our community safe,” Ms Ryan said.

“Local volunteers have always pitched in to help protect us – whether at home or other communities around the state.

“The crucial role of our volunteers was no more evident than last summer when they worked to fight blazes at Stewarton and Boweya, and successfully stopped a number of other fires at Reef Hills, Tatong and  Mollyulah following lightning strikes.

“Teams from Benalla CFA, along with other brigades in Region 23, have also been present during large campaign fires, including Black Saturday.

“With another long fire season expected, we should also remember that the men and women who spend much of their summer turning out on the truck have loved ones at home, waiting for their return,” Ms Ryan said.


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