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Western Power support for volunteer bushfire brigades

Western Australian volunteer bushfire brigades will benefit from $45,000 in funding grants from Western Power to support bushfire fighting capabilities during the bushfire season. 

Since 2007, Western Power has supported volunteer brigades who generously give their time to keep the community safe. 

Western Power’s Chief Executive Officer, Ed Kalajzic, said the organisation was proud to give back to volunteer groups who played such a vital role in our community, protecting lives, homes, and businesses from the devasting impacts of summer bushfires. 

“This funding will assist volunteer bushfire brigades to purchase additional firefighting tools such as water pumps, thermal imaging cameras and chain saws, all part of ensuring brigades are able to safely and effectively carry out firefighting activities,” he said. 

Each year, the grant program invites local government authorities (LGA’s) and volunteer bushfire brigades within Western Power’s service area to apply for direct funding for items and other services that are not able to be purchased via the State Government’s Emergency Services Levy (ESL). 

“Western Power’s ongoing support of the Association of Volunteer Bushfire Brigades has helped many brigades procure additional equipment reducing the amount of time the brigades have to spend fundraising,” Mr Kalajzic said. 

Bushfire Volunteers’ Executive Officer, Darren Brown, said the grants program highlighted the value of WA’s unique LGA volunteer bushfire service and the individuals and teams who donate their time and leave their homes and families to protect those of others. 

“On behalf of our member brigades, we’re incredibly grateful for Western Power’s ongoing support over a number of years now,” Mr Brown said. 

“Since Western Power began supporting our brigades through grants, every single grant round has been oversubscribed, highlighting the need for additional equipment among the State’s volunteer bushfire brigades,” he said. 

Chidlow Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and Wooroloo Volunteer Bushfire Brigade were both allocated significant funding this year to assist with facility upgrades following the devastating Wooroloo bushfire. 

Overall, there were 34 successful grant recipients this year spread across the Western Power service area.

Learn more about preparing for the bushfire season.