Volunteer firefighters in Dandenong have received a $53,565.50 grant, thanks to a new Andrews Labor Government-funded program.

Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino today announced there are almost 250 successful applications in the first round of the CFA’s Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program.

The grants will provide volunteer firefighters with a welcome boost, supporting vital equipment and facility upgrades, as well as local initiatives that strengthen volunteerism and brigade culture.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams congratulated the District 8 Headquarters in Dandenong South for its successful application.

The funding will allow the Headquarters to purchase five new defibrillators to enhance its first aid response capacity. The grant will also be used to establish a new campaign for recruitment and re-engagement of volunteers with focus engaging with multicultural communities.

Mr Merlino said the grants were being provided to support volunteer firefighters and brigades by:

  • addressing immediate needs and enhancing operational capability
  • improving culture, diversity and fairness
  • strengthening volunteer leadership skills
  • encouraging recruitment, retention and recognition of volunteers
  • reflecting the evolving needs and demographics of the communities that volunteer brigades serve.

The total value of the program is $10 million, with the remaining $4.84 million to be allocated in a second round of grants.

Applications for the second round will open for 30 days from 1 June.

The Enhancing Volunteerism Grants Program is funded through an additional $60 million the government announced for Victoria’s fire services in October.

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