Tinonee was one of many communities impacted by the 2019/20 bushfires and a recent grant is helping its rural fire brigade be better prepared.
The brigade was awarded $6,713 through Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)'s Volunteer Emergency Services Fund for disaster response go bags for its support vehicles. The funding helps improve the capacity and enhance the safety of volunteers through the provision of fire safety equipment for community evacuation notifications and emergencies.
Tinonee was one of 19 emergency services to share in $311,049 in grants through the fund's first round of funding, and the second round is now open.
FRRR is encouraging volunteer emergency services groups serving rural communities affected by the bushfires to apply for funding to support recovery needs and/or strengthen emergency response capabilities ahead of the bushfire season.
Grants of up to $25,000 are available to meet local agencies' needs, however, groups who may not have a large project in mind should consider making a small grant application of up to $6,000 to be better prepared with small essential equipment like go bags that might contain torches, fire blankets and traffic wands.
Danielle Griffin, FRRR's Philanthropic Services Manager - Corporate said that with this summer's bushfire season fast approaching, first responders should feel confident in their preparedness and volunteers should feel supported, especially those in regions that are still recovering from the 2019/20 bushfires.
"Preparing for future disasters and adapting to changing conditions after a disaster are integral parts of the recovery process. In practical terms, preparedness can mean upgrades to infrastructure and equipment and providing up-to-date training, which can have a big impact on the security and safety of first responders.
"These grants can fund important projects to care for the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers that generously give their time to support and protect their communities," Ms Griffin said.
"The Volunteer Emergency Services Fund is specifically designed to support the disaster recovery needs and priorities of first responder organisations at a local level, and we look forward to funding initiatives that will assist these vital community members and services."
Applications close 5pm on October 20 with grants to be announced in November.
Made possible thanks to a significant private donation, the Volunteer Emergency Services Fund provides grants to local volunteer emergency services groups and first responder organisations in eligible fire-affected communities across the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.
For more information, visit FRRR's website - https://frrr.org.au/volunteer-emergency-services-fund-grant-program/.
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