State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers in Dandenong will have the very best equipment to keep the community safe as part of the $13 million 2016-17 Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program.

The Greater Dandenong SES unit received a $47,813 grant for a new Ford Ranger Crew Cab 4WD.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, visited the Greater Dandenong SES Unit and met with Acting Unit Controller Shane Bolton to share the good news.

“This is a much deserved boost for a strong and dedicated local SES unit.” Ms Williams said.

“The Unit’s existing 4WD has served the team well for 13 years but it’s getting tired and needed replacing. This grant will provide the team of hard working volunteers at the Greater Dandenong Unit the up-to-date equipment they need to keep our community safe.”

Under the program, the government commits $2 for every $1 provided by volunteer groups to help them buy additional trucks, tankers, watercraft and trailers, and carry out minor facility upgrades.

The SES received 42 grants to the value of $2.2 million to help volunteer units buy much-needed equipment to respond to floods, storms and other emergencies.

The CFA, Life Saving Victoria and Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association were among the other organisations to receive grants under the $13 million program. Organisations can apply for government contributions of up to $100,000.

For more information about the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program, visit