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Echuca SES, district fire brigades granted funds

Echuca SES and three district fire brigades have received funds to help with upgrades.

July 21, 2014 3:23am

District emergency services groups have received a significant funding boost from the Victorian Government.

Echuca SES and Bamawm Extension, Cohuna and Rochester fire brigades have all benefited.

Bamawm Extension captain George Calleja was ecstatic at news his brigade would be allocated $23,467 for extensions to its fire station.

‘‘It’s great there are grants for fire brigades to be able to do these kinds of things,’’ he said.

Mr Calleja had been concerned the brigade may not be able to adequately react to a situation which might happen in its 12km service area.

He said the money would help create a command centre at the facility on West School Rd, which only has a small meeting room and station room to park the fire trucks.

The brigade applied for the grant in March and were informed of the funding on Friday.

Mr Calleja said the brigade would continue to fundraise to reach its $35,200 target.

Echuca SES deputy controller Bob Callander said $38,669 would enable the crew to move on to stage two of moving into its new premises in the emergency services precinct.

This will include fitting out the kitchen, creating a reception area, installing heating and cooling and fitting out storerooms and changing areas for volunteers.

‘‘The funding will also pay for the comms room to be complete,’’ Mr Callander said.

‘‘It will make the house a home — so to speak.

‘‘The funds will enable us to complete the building, to a level that will allow us to better serve the community of Echuca.’’

Member for Rodney Paul Weller said the government had always given emergency response volunteers high priority.

‘‘I congratulate every member of successful CFA and SES agencies for their commitment to community protection,’’ he said.

Cohuna Fire Brigade received $2795 for a stabfast stabilisation system and Rochester Fire Brigade will receive $45,463 for a field command vehicle.

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