A new medium tanker is helping Guildford Fire Brigade keep the local community safe, thanks to $310,000 in Victorian Government funding.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards officially handed over the 2750-litre tanker today and congratulated the volunteer brigade for their dedicated service to the community.

The vehicle is a welcome boost to the brigade’s firefighting capacity and provides the volunteer firefighters greater safety when attacking fires.

It can carry a crew of five firefighters, as well as the equipment needed to respond to fires and other emergencies.

The Victorian Government has also provided funding for the brigade to improve their facilities, including bi-fold doors to separate the meeting from the engine bay and upgrades to the kitchen area.

Guildford Fire Brigade was founded in 1942 and has been operating continuously serving the local community for 77 years.

The brigade is located in a small town on the Loddon River and attends approximately 20 incidents per year including vegetation fires, house fires, traffic incidents and local floods.

The brigade actively participates in strike teams, with teams being deployed to Kinglake in 2009, Riddells Creek in 2014 and Sydney in 2013.

The new tanker was funded as part of the 2017/18 round of the Victorian Government’s Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), which provides funding for emergency service agencies across the state.

Applications are now open for the 2019/20 round of VESEP grants and emergency services agencies are encouraged to apply at www.emv.vic.gov.au/vesep 

“I congratulate the Guildford Fire Brigade on its tireless commitment to serving not just our community but those that call on them in their time of need anywhere across the state.”

“Guildford’s volunteer firefighters do a wonderful job protecting the local community, and the new tanker is an excellent addition to its capabilities.”

“I’d also encourage local brigades to apply for the latest round of the popular Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, which is now open.”

Posted by:Maree Edwards MP