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Over $1.72 million in grants awarded to help NSW Rural Firefighters protect the community

Friday, 31 July 2015

NSW Rural Fire Brigades, Support Brigades and Districts across the state will receive a boost in equipment thanks to the NSW Rural Fire Service Association's (RFSA) 2015 Grant Scheme.


Rural Firefighters from as far west as Coonamble, to south in the Bega Valley, East in the Gosford District and far north to the Tweed, will share in over to $1.72 million in grants to support them in their service to their community.


 RFSA President, Tim Arnott said the NSW RFSA Grant Scheme was a highly valued support service offered by the Association.


“Brigades are often in need of items that are not covered by Direct Government and Council Funding so the Grant Scheme offers financial assistance to purchase items and equipment that make performing their duties just that little bit easier,” said Mr Arnott.


Funding from the scheme is not directed toward fire fighting vehicles or fire fighting equipment that is supplied by the NSW RFS and/or local Councils.


“The funding capacity of individual brigades in NSW, particularly smaller brigades in remote locations can be difficult,” Mr Arnott explained.


 “The scheme offers these brigades the ability to purchase items they may, otherwise, be unable to afford.”


Popular items in the 2015 Grant Scheme included GPS units, portable fridges, hose reels, spanner sets and sun shades to protect fire fighters from the heat.


Mr Arnott thanked the community of NSW for their generous support through purchasing tickets in the NSW RFSA raffles.


“It is a direct result of their contribution that the RFSA can fund support services, such as the Grant Scheme, to the benefit of the men and women of the NSW Rural Fire Service,” said Mr Arnott.