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RFSA Grant Scheme to boost equipment for NSW Rural Fire Brigades

Friday, 27 February 2015

Rural Fire Brigades across NSW are invited to submit applications in the 2015 NSW RFSA Grant Scheme. 

An estimated $1.7 million dollars in grants will be available to give NSW Rural Fire Brigades, Support Brigades and Districts a boost in equipment and assist them in their volunteer service to the community.

RFSA President, Tim Arnott said he is delighted with the ongoing success of the scheme and the support it gives to over 70,000 Rural Fire Service volunteers. 

“The 2014 Grant Scheme was our most successful yet with almost 600 applications received and $1.7 million in items granted. 

“We have another $1.7 million (inclusive of GST) available for the 2015 scheme so I encourage all brigades to get their forms in before the closing date.”

Mr Arnott said some equipment is not covered by direct Government and Council funding so the Grant Scheme forms an integral part of the Association’s commitment to supporting its members to protect the community.

“Brigades in remote and rural locations often find it difficult to fundraise, so the Grant Scheme is vital in ensuring they have the equipment they need to make performing their duties just that little bit easier.”

Items granted through the scheme range from training equipment such as computers and TVs to storage equipment including shelving racks and portable fridges to store drinks in whilst on the fire ground.  Larger items such as weather stations and even commuter vehicles to transport fire fighters safely to and from fires can also be applied for.

“We have a catalogue available to show brigades what is available, as well as, the most popular items they can apply for,” said Mr Arnott.

“However, the scheme is not limited to these catalogue items and brigades are encouraged to apply for any equipment they can demonstrate will enhance their rural fire fighting efforts.”  

Mr Arnott extended warm thanks to the community of NSW for their continued support.

" Thank you everyone who has purchased tickets in NSW RFSA Raffles.

" It's as a direct result of your contribution that the RFSA can fund the Grant Scheme to the benefit of volunteer fire fighters across the state."

Applications for the 2015 Grant Scheme must be received by COB Tuesday, 17 April 2015.  For further information on the 2015 RFSA Grant Scheme visit the RFSA website www.rfsa.org.au or contact the RFSA office on (02) 4722 2122.