Grants help local fire brigades with needed gear
LOCAL brigades have received a slice of $1.7 million made available under the NSW Rural Fire Service Association's 2014 grant scheme.
From close to 600 applications across NSW the Coffs Coast brigades to score $28,000 in grant assistance were Coramba, Corindi-Red Rock, Eastbank, Fernmount, Lowanna, Moonee, Mullaway, Mylestom, Orara, Repton, Sherwood Creek, Ulong, Urunga and Woolgoolga.
Items to be provided under the RFSA grants to local brigades include ride-on lawnmowers, portable fridges, blower vacuum, a barbecue, lockers, sun shades, reversing cameras, GPS units, pressure cleaner, air compressor, urn, fridge, data projectors, projection screens, DVD/VCR combo, tables, chairs, traffic batons and a brush cutter.
The Mid North Coast Team will also receive a Propane Fuel Live Fire Training System, valued at $21,000.
Alan Went from the Mylestom Brigade said they received a large amount of equipment, including a data projector and screen, laptop computer, and a DVD/VCR player for the training of volunteers in the area.
"We're only a small brigade and we are trying to entice younger members and so the equipment will give us a better chance of getting across training techniques," Mr Went said.
"We've got a few new members from last year and we have a new president-come-secretary so things are starting to look up.
"The GPS unit will help our brigade find our way around, particularly for out of area operations, and it's the top of the line to show forest trails and other important topographical information."