DFES has published more information and a FAQ regarding the WA Nationals’ Regional Emergency Service Volunteer Fuel Card initiative – including a map that shows some metropolitan brigades have been generously included in the catchment area.
Click here if you would like to read the AVBFB media statement on the Government’s September 17 announcement of the scheme.
Below is the text from the DFES website and map for the information of our stakeholders
The Regional Emergency Service Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme (the Scheme) is a State Government initiative to acknowledge emergency service volunteers’ invaluable contribution to community safety.
The Scheme is designed to minimise the personal transport costs incurred by regional emergency service volunteers who often travel great distances to attend incidents and training.
The fuel card will be available to all brigades, groups and units (BGUs) in regional Western Australia, which includes a designated Perth urban fringe. Eligible BGUs will receive $2,000 per financial year, for a period of four years, commencing 2015/16.
The Regional Emergency Service Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme is made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
What volunteer emergency services are eligible for the fuel card?
The following BGUs who are in regional Western Australia can apply for the fuel card:
- St John Ambulance
- Bush Fire Service
- Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service
- Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services
- State Emergency Service
- Volunteer Marine Rescue Services
Click here for a PDF map that identifies where the designated regional boundary starts. Indicative BGU names have been provided for your reference.
Who can apply for the fuel card?
The Captain or officer- in -charge of an eligible BGU can apply for the fuel card.
How do you apply for a fuel card?
Applications are expected to open in December 2015. Application forms will be available to download from the DFES website.
When will you receive the fuel card?
It is anticipated that fuel cards will be sent out in January 2016.
How can the fuel card be used?
The Captain or officer- in-charge will be responsible for distributing the fuel card amongst active members within the BGU.
The fuel card is restricted to fuel purchases only and can be used for private purposes.
Where can I find out more information?
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is managing this scheme. DFES will regularly update this website with all current information.
If you require further information in the interim please email DFES using the general enquiry form or phone 9395 9300.
Would you like to keep informed?
If you would like to subscribe to the DFES update list, click here.