- $95,000 Western Power VBFB grants – ⇧ $15,000
- 33 Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades – ⇧ seven since last year
- +$570,000 in VBFB grants provided since 2007
Western Australia’s Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades have shared in more than $95,000 from Western Power to strengthen their preparedness for the upcoming bushfire season.
Western Power’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Italiano said we are proud to continue supporting WA’s courageous volunteer firefighters who help protect lives and property.
“Western Power’s bushfire grants will be used by the local brigades to purchase resources such as medical equipment, water tanks and pumps that will directly support their efforts to help keep the community safe from bushfire this summer,” he said.
Western Power initially offered $80,000 this year to assist brigades, however, following an assessment process a total of $95,035 has been awarded to 33 Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades across southern parts of WA.
Since 2007 Western Power has contributed more than $570,000 to communities through the annual grants program to help equip volunteer firefighters.
Western Power has also joined other Western Australian emergency services this summer in supporting the Are You Bushfire Ready? community safety campaign to help Western Australians plan for bushfire season.
“Preparing for the summer fire season is a team effort which is why Western Power continues to invest in community projects to help everyone to be bushfire ready,” Mr Italiano said.
“Western Power works throughout the year to reduce the risk of bushfire by clearing vegetation away from the network, washing and silicone coating pole top equipment and replacing ageing electricity infrastructure.”
Applications for the grants are assessed by a panel including representatives from Western Power, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the WA Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (WAVBFB).
A full list of Western Power’s Volunteer Bushfire Brigade grant recipients is attached.
To learn more about preparing for bushfire season visit www.areyouready.wa.gov.au
About Western Power: Western Power is a State Government owned corporation that is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to more than one million customers across a network area of 255,064 km2.
Western Power Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade grants recipients 2014
South West / Peel Region Kunderup VBFB
Yallingup Rural BFB
Kirup / Brazier VBFB
North Cliff BFB
Preston Beach VBFB
Orchid Valley FB
Cape Burney VBFB
Irwin North and South VBFB
Ajana Binnu BFB
Bakers Hill BFB
Three Springs Town Brigade
Hines Hill Nangeenan
South Quairading BFB