BOOST: The state government will include more than $29 million for the Country Fire Authority in next week’s State Budget.MORE than $29 million will be allocated to the CFA in next week’s State Budgetfor the purchase of 78 new vehicles
Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells said theinvestment wouldinclude74 medium tankers and four prototype vehicles.
The prototypes featurea medium pumper, heavy tanker, breathing apparatus truck and a heavy sand tanker.
“The coalition government will provide an investment of $17.2 million, in addition to CFA’s2014-15 budget allocation for the CFA to purchase firefighting vehicles,” Mr Wells said.
Mr Wells said the government was committed to ensuring Victoria’s emergencyservices personnel were equipped to respond safely and effectively to emergencies.
“CFA firefighters hold a special place in the hearts and minds of Victorians. They selflesslygive their time to keep people and property safe,” he said.
Mr Wells said the government continued to provide additional resources to the CFA andother volunteer emergency services organisations through the Volunteer Emergency ServicesEquipment Program,with a further $12.2 million, matching thatdeliveredlast year.
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