Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Easing costs for emergency services volunteers

    10/03/2016 6:30 AM
    • Fuel cards provided to eligible emergency services volunteers
    • $7.9 million Royalties for Regions program initiative 

    Eligible volunteer brigades, groups and units will receive a $2,000 fuel card in the coming week as part of the State Government's Emergency Services Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme.


    The $7.9 million initiative, made possible with support from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program, recognises the dedication of emergency services volunteers to keeping the community safe.


    Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the recent bushfires in the South-West and Esperance highlighted the efforts of volunteers, who regularly sacrificed time with family and work to save lives and protect the community.


    "Emergency services volunteers travelled from across Western Australia to help local crews battle fierce bushfires in extremely challenging circumstances," Mr Francis said.


    "The fuel card scheme is a small way we can acknowledge and thank volunteers for their outstanding service and contribution to the community."


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the scheme would support emergency service volunteers with the vital role they played in protecting regional WA from devastating bushfire.


    "It was fantastic to see the large amount of interest in the scheme, which is being rolled out annually over four years," Mr Redman said.


    "Volunteers are crucial to the State's ability to respond to emergencies and the fuel card scheme is a practical gesture to help them with their transport expenses."


    More than 85 per cent of Western Australian brigades, groups and units successfully applied for the $2,000 fuel card, which will help them with personal travel expenses.


    Eligible brigades, groups and units will be mailed an Emergency Services Volunteer Fuel Card information pack containing a fuel card and further information about the scheme.


    Fact File

    • Eligible emergency services include Bush Fire Service; Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service; Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services; State Emergency Service; Volunteer Marine Rescue Services and St John Ambulance WA
    • Officers-in-charge are responsible for distributing the fuel card among actively contributing volunteers
    • For more information, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au
    • For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions 

    Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6500

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700