The Andrews Labor Government has failed to support the volunteers of the Kinglake West Fire Brigade by refusing to provide funding to improve safety and replace a tanker at the iconic station.
Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell raised the issue of volunteer safety at the station in a contribution in State Parliament in August and sought a funding commitment from the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville for urgent capital works improvements and to replace a near 20 year old tanker.
In a written response to Ms Lovell, Ms Neville acknowledged that any improvements to the station over the years had been funded by the volunteers themselves and the generosity of the local community but refused to commit any government funding for the brigade.
Station volunteers are forced to navigate slippery floors when accessing their personal protection equipment because of a drainage fault and members are submitting incident reports to regional command whenever a member slips on the pooling water.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“I am extremely disappointed that the Minister refuses to provide funding to upgrade the station and replace the tanker at the Kinglake West Fire Brigade.
“Apart from a replacement door the station has received no government funding for capital works in its 42 year history and the station does not meet operational requirements.
“The members at Kinglake West Fire Brigade deserve better and I urge the Minister to reconsider her decision provide funding for these upgrades.”
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