$723,000 of funding will support emergency services volunteers

First-response volunteers across NSW agencies will be better supported with $723,000 of joint Commonwealth and State funding.

The funding for 13 projects across nine agencies is part of the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme, which backs programs that enhance the recruitment, retention and capability of the State’s emergency services.

Yass support Rural Fire Service members.

Yass support Rural Fire Service members.

Yass Rural Fire Service has received funding of $3298 which would purchase a rescue smart dummy manikin training aid, Daniel Osborne said. 

“The rescue smart dummy will greatly enhance the development opportunities for our firefighters through more realistic training scenarios.”

The dummy had added features that could resemble real life scenarios, such as simulate an amputation, or an impalement, and is built to withstand tough fire training scenarios.

“This training resource can be used to develop our firefighters capabilities in casualty management, the application of First Aid principles and triage,” Mr Osborne added. 

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Linda Reynolds said communities needed to become more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

“I am very proud of the work our governments are doing to strengthen capabilities across different communities, such as keeping small fire brigades operating with more volunteers who are armed with better skills,” she said.

“More highly-trained volunteers on the front line means more helping hands in times of trouble, and during the aftermath when communities rebuild.”

The projects include the promotion of volunteering with the development and distribution of a newsletter, and statewide recruitment campaigns that would support the State Emergency Services, Rural Fire Service, and Marine Rescue.

“Our men and women on the front line carry out vital work,” NSW Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said.

“This scheme supports public awareness projects that help recruit local volunteers, and may even target certain groups for future opportunities such as young people, while also strengthening the skills of the existing membership,” Minister Grant said.

The Southern Tablelands Zone RFS has 4407 members, with 1719 of those members in the Yass Valley District. 

Funding would also be used towards purchasing training equipment and the management of courses to upskill volunteers, as well as recruitment and retention.