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Grant program opens

Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program Grants are now open, and Ripon MP Louise Staley has encouraged Loddon volunteer emergency services organisations to apply.

"In Ripon, we know how important our emergency services volunteers are. This summer saw several bushfires start that would have been much worse if it wasn’t for the skill and dedication of our CFA brigades," she said.

"Some communities have also experienced extreme weather and flooding, reminding us that the SES provides an essential service in emergencies.

"Volunteer organisations have done it tough over the last few years. The CFA has had to adapt to a range of changes that threaten to undermine the work of volunteers. Restrictions have also impacted volunteer organisations’ ability to fundraise, recruit new members and come together for vital training and team-building exercises.

"We need to do everything we can to support these vital organisations to get back to what they do best, saving lives.

"If you are a member of a volunteer emergency services organisation that needs new equipment, a vehicle or facility upgrades, I encourage you to apply for the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program."

Information about the program and how to apply can be found at www.emv.vic.gov.au/vesep

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