Local brigades boosted ahead of fire season
12 August 2016
Volunteer fire fighters from Boho, Clonbinane, Longwood, Pyalong, Stanhope, Tallarook and Violet Town fire brigades have all received funding boosts prior to the upcoming fire season, under the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).
Boho CFA will receive new operational equipment by way of a mussel vortex control, Clonbinane a new light tanker crew cab, Longwood a new field command vehicle, Pyalong a quick fill pump station, Stanhope a thermal imaging camera, the Tallarook station will undergo a refurbishment and Violet Town’s station will be getting an extension and automatic roller door, Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of the Nationals Steph Ryan said today.
“I congratulate local brigades which successfully applied to receive upgrades, big and small,” Ms Ryan said.
“Our CFA volunteers are indispensable to the safety of our local communities.
“Any extra support volunteer fire fighters receive goes a long way.”
Ms Ryan said despite the good news, Daniel Andrew's CFA crisis was still far from over.
“The disdain this Melbourne focussed government has shown for CFA volunteers can’t be reversed by a few equipment grants," Ms Ryan said.
“Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria (VFBV), the representative for volunteers in the CFA dispute, expressed concerns at a parliamentary inquiry into fire season preparedness just last week that negotiations had “diminished” Victoria’s fire system preparedness and response capability,” Ms Ryan said.
“Daniel Andrews claims he has ‘fixed’ the CFA dispute, but in reality all he has done is create uncertainty and tension within Victoria’s fire services in the lead-up to fire season.
“The Premier’s willingness to trample on Victoria’s CFA volunteers and risk the safety of our communities to pay back the United Firefighters Union is difficult to comprehend.
“Daniel Andrews must fix the mess he has created before we get to the next fire season," Ms Ryan said.