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Saturday, 13 October 2018

NEW RESCUE TRUCK FOR BENDIGO SES VOLUNTEERS

Bendigo SES volunteers now have even better resources to keep communities safe, with a new rescue truck funded through the Andrews Labor Government’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP).

Representing the Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino, Members for Bendigo East and West Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan today officially handed over the vehicle to members of the Bendigo unit.

The total cost of the vehicle is $215,000, with $100,000 provided through the 2017-18 VESEP and the unit contributing the remaining $115,000 through its own fundraising.

The new truck will help volunteers respond to incidents quickly and effectively, as it carries a better array of equipment.

The Bendigo SES unit was formed in 1976, and currently has about 50 operational members.

The unit’s volunteers responded to 550 requests for assistance in 2017-18, including road-crash rescues, fallen trees, damaged buildings and floods.

Under the VESEP, the government matches every $1 paid by volunteer groups with a $2 co-contribution, with the government this year increasing its maximum contribution from $100,000 to $150,000.

The grants fund much-needed operational equipment for volunteers, including vehicles, trucks, tankers, watercraft, trailers and minor facility upgrades.

More than $13 million in government contributions has been made available to volunteer organisations through the 2018-19 VESEP, with the recipients to be announced later this month.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards

“This rescue vehicle gives the volunteers at Bendigo SES a significant boost as they continue the great job they do in keeping the community safe.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan

“Volunteers are there for us in our time of need, responding to thousands of incidents every year across the state.”

“The Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program helps to provide our hard-working volunteers with the equipment they need to respond to emergencies.”

 

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