The Yarrawonga Fire Brigade Group (YMFBG) has been overwhelmed with the generous support by the three local licenced clubs who have each donated $7000 to assist in their endeavour to upgrade their Forward Command Vehicle.
The YFBG recently approached the clubs to assist with donations towards a fundraising appeal being conducted to replace the Forward Command Vehicle (FCV) which is six years old.
This vehicle has been a highly valuable and much used asset to the group and is coming up for replacement.
The YFBG is a support group made up entirely of volunteers from Bundalong, Burramine, Peechelba, Wilby and Yarrawonga fire brigades who dedicate their time to protect lives and property for the local communities.
They exist to ensure that all possible assistance is given to these brigades in their response to fires and incidents in Victoria and when required, over the border in New South Wales.
Each year they are required to attend at least 190 fires or incidents.
The YFBG does not hold a large amount of funds, preferring instead to conduct fundraising as required for specific projects.
To the delight of the Yarrawonga Fire Brigades Group, the Mulwala Water Ski Club, the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort and Club Mulwala (RSL) generously agreed to donate $7,000 each through their ClubGrants program.
This will enable the YFBG to participate in the Victorian Government Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) which provides local emergency services volunteer groups access to grants for operational equipment.
The replacement Forward Command Vehicle will be built as part of a Country Fire Authority program, providing the group with a four-wheel drive command vehicle capable of operating in all types of terrain.
The Murray and Ovens rivers also see a large number of tourists camping along the river banks during the towns busy tourist season.
This vehicle is a vital first response tool in responding to calls to the many arduous tracks and campsites along the rivers.
It could be used as a Strike Team Leader vehicle or to provide fire ground intelligence at fires and incidents.
Should the VESEP application be successful this year, it is hoped that the new vehicle could be built and operating in early 2019.
The Yarrawonga Fire Brigades Group wishes to sincerely thank Mulwala Water Ski Club, Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort and ClubMulwala for their generous support of this project which will undoubtedly contribute to a safer community.