'Volunteers give up so much': Grants to aid local emergency services

Members of the Casula Rural Fire Brigade with NSW Rural Fire Service Assistant Commissioner Kelly Browne, Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott and Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons.
Members of the Casula Rural Fire Brigade with NSW Rural Fire Service Assistant Commissioner Kelly Browne, Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott and Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons.

NSW Rural Fire Service Assistant Commissioner Kelly Browne thanked the Casula Rural Fire Brigade's 54 volunteers for their dedication, commitment and service when helping to announce a $10,000 grant to the unit on Friday.

She was joined by Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott and Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons at the Maple Road headquarters for the announcement which will allow for construction of a new covered area that will enable the safe storage of trucks and other equipment.

"You only have to look at the last season to see how hard our skilled firefighters and support crews work to keep us safe when bush fires and emergency situations threaten," Assistant Commissioner Browne said.

"I would like to take this time to praise all our volunteers for their ongoing efforts each and every day, particularly when dealing with emergencies here in the Macarthur District."

Ms Gibbons thanked all RFS volunteers for their service to the local community.

"Our RFS volunteers give up so much time away from their families and friends to ensure that we are safe," she said.

"We are no stranger to bushfires in the Holsworthy electorate and I hope this funding will help keep their important equipment safe for when it is next needed."

Members of the Liverpool SES Unit with NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York, Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott and Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons.

Members of the Liverpool SES Unit with NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York, Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliott and Holsworthy MP Melanie Gibbons.

Mr Elliott and Ms Gibbons also joined NSW SES Commissioner Carlene York at the NSW SES Liverpool Unit to announce a $10,000 grant. The money will allow the unit to purchase 50 new lockers for their members, along with a new training roof, to use for practicing responding to storm damage.

"This grant is just one example of the NSW Government's commitment to investing in NSW SES and its volunteers, who give up their time to put the needs of others above their own," Mr Elliott said.

Commissioner York said members of the Liverpool Unit are "skilled professionals" that help the community through storms and floods.

"I want to thank the volunteers, as well as their families and employers, for without their support, they would not be able to dedicate the time they do to helping their local communities," she said.

Ms Gibbons said over the past 12 months the Liverpool SES unit has responded to nearly 530 requests for assistance, with 152 of those coming through during the most recent flood event.

"We are incredibly proud of our volunteers, and we know they help their community without want of any reward or recognition. I'm pleased we can make their facilities a little more comfortable and safe," she said.