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Applications now open for the Regional Capability Community Fund

The Minister for Emergency Services Tony Piccolo announced today  applications are now open for grants to help increase capability and safety during emergency incidents in rural, regional and remote communities.

Emergency Services Minister Tony Piccolo said he encouraged regional South Australians to apply for the grants so they can upgrade equipment to assist with emergency response.

“Speaking with regional communities, I learnt that there was a need to upgrade equipment that forms a fundamental part of a response to an emergency,” Mr Piccolo said

“The Regional Capability Community Fund will offer grants between $500 and $5000 to purchase this equipment and continue the excellent work of our Emergency Services and farm firefighters during emergency situations

“The grants are available to organisations, groups and individuals in rural and regional areas, including registered farm fire units, CFS brigades, SES units and local councils.

“While people in remote and regional areas are resourceful and innovative, this grants program will go a long way to benefit their own safety and the safety of the community as a whole.”

The Regional Capability Community Fund will allow the purchase of items like pumps, communication devices and other essential items used when responding to emergencies.

Mr Piccolo said registered farm fire units can often respond to fires as quickly as other appliances and are an extremely important frontline defense to control fires before they spread.

“These units usually involve the use of trucks, utilities or trailers with water pumps attached to fight fires on their or their neighbour’s properties,” he said.

“So, for example, a farmer may choose to upgrade the water pump attached to their truck.

“Furthermore, we would encourage the community to use the grants to purchase equipment from local businesses so we can maximise the benefit to the community.

“The fund recognises the unique challenges that exist in these regional communities and environments and continues this Government’s proud history of supporting regional communities.”

The Regional Capability Community Fund will provide $2 million of small grants over the next four years. The public has until 24 July, 2015 to make an application. For more information on how to apply for a Regional Capability Community Fund grant, visit http://www.safecom.sa.gov.au or call Ms Deb Bates, RCCF Project Manager on 08 8463 4070.

Source: – Minister Tony Piccolo

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