December 15, 2015

WELCOME BOOST FOR SMYTHESDALE FIRE BRIGADE

The historic Smythesdale Fire Brigade’s current generation of firefighters has a new field command vehicle this summer, thanks a Victorian Government grant and the brigade’s own fundraising efforts.

Member for Buninyong, Geoff Howard handed over keys to Brigade Captain Alwyn ‘Snowy’ Parker. Mr Howard said the new field command vehicle will enhance the brigade’s fleet and capacity to respond to local incidents.

“CFA members play a vital role as part of our local emergency services, protecting lives and property in the local community,” Mr Howard said.

“Equipped with ultra-high frequency radio communication, lights, sirens and two portable fire extinguishers, Smythesdale Fire Brigade’s new field command vehicle will support the remarkable work its members do protecting the township and the surrounding region.”

“With emergency services across the state preparing for an increased fire risk this summer – it’s critical that our CFA crews receive the state-of-the-art equipment they need to keep our community safe.”

The Victorian Government has provided $9570, courtesy of a grant from the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP), with the brigade contributing almost $4800.

“As well as their role in fighting fires, Smythesdale Fire Brigade has done a fantastic job raising their own funds toward the purchase of this much-needed vehicle.”

The Smythesdale Fire Brigade was founded in 1863 and currently has 81 members, 53 of who are operational firefighters.

It responds to around 60 incidents each year, protecting the town of Smythesdale and other communities’ located south-west of Ballarat.

The brigade also travels across the state to provide additional support during major fires.

For further information about the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, visit www.emv.vic.gov.au