Volunteer firefighters at the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade were delighted to learn recently that the brigade will be receiving up to $10,000 to install a state-of-the-art storage system to one of its firefighting vehicles.
The $10,000 boost will be one of nearly 300 grants handed out to Victorian emergency service volunteer groups under the Victorian State Government’s $12.5 million Volunteer Emergency Service Equipment Program (VESEP).
Under the program, the Government will contribute $2 for every $1 contributed by local volunteer groups from organisations, including the CFA.
The grant will supplement donations made to the brigade from the local community and will fund a purpose-built locker system which will be manufactured and installed on the brigade’s four wheel drive control vehicle.
The new locker system will enable items of firefighting equipment to be stored on the vehicle in a safe and easy-to-access way, which will improve firefighter safety and make it easier for firefighters to access equipment in a hurry.
“We’ve wanted to design and purchase a purpose-built locker system for our control vehicle for a number of years and it’s great that we will now receive some extra funding to allow this to happen” said Dave Thompson, Captain of the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade.
The four wheel drive ute is owned by the Riddells Creek Fire Brigade and plays an important role in the command and control or fires and emergencies, especially at major grass fires and bush fires. “Purchasing the new locker and storage system for the rear of the vehicle will make it a lot easier for our firefighters to find the specific item of equipment they are looking for. Each piece of equipment will now have a dedicated storage spot and will be positioned in a place which makes it safe for our firefighters to lift in and out of the vehicle” said Dave.
The fire brigade is confident that the new locker system will be installed on the back of the vehicle prior to the onset of the 2015/16 summer fire season.
Grants will also be provided to the nearby Trentham Fire Brigade and the Kyneton Fire Brigade Group under the 2015/16 VESEP program.