August 15, 2017


Sebastopol CFA has a new LPG specialist response vehicle thanks to a grant from the Andrews Labor Government.

The Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard, today handed over the keys to the $94,000 Ford Transit vehicle, which will be used at incidents involving liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“Sebastopol Fire Brigade has been keeping our community safe for over 130 years,” Mr Howard said.

“Our volunteer brigades play a vital role protecting lives and property in the community and it’s important that they have access to the state-of the-art equipment they need to stay safe when responding to emergencies.

“This custom-built specialist response vehicle is the first in the state to be fitted with new LPG burner technology that improves the safety and efficiency of gas flare offs.

“It also has a multi-purpose function with portable mobile lighting and salvage equipment.

“Sebastopol Fire Brigade members have been specifically trained to use the specialist appliance and equipment on board.

“I would like to express my thanks to all the volunteers at Sebastopol CFA for the outstanding work they do providing a continuous emergency response and support to the wider community.”

The Victorian Government contributed almost $63,000 towards the new vehicle under the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) while the brigade contributed more than $31,000.

The VESEP is an ongoing program that provides grants of up to $100,000 to enable emergency services volunteer groups to purchase operational equipment such as tankers, trucks, pumps and generators.

The government contributes $2 for every $1 of funding provided by the applicant.

For further information, including the program guidelines and to check eligibility, visit: