The following Media Statement was released by Emergency Services Minister Hon Fran Logan this morning.
- $1.38 million in funding secured annually until 2023
- State Government committed to fund critical lifesaving equipment used across WA beaches
The State Government has committed $1.38 million a year to fund critical equipment for Surf Life Saving WA.
The funding, secured for the next five years, will pay for essential lifesaving equipment used on a daily basis by surf lifesavers to protect people across Western Australia enjoying our stunning beaches.
This commitment by the State Government will allow Surf Life Saving WA to purchase jet skis, trailers, rescue boats, all-terrain vehicles, defibrillators, lifejackets and radios.
The funding, secured in May, is a renewal of an agreement that has been in place since 2007. The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will administer the grant agreement on behalf of the State Government.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
“The State Government is pleased to be able to continue to support Surf Life Saving WA with $1.38 million in funding delivered annually for the next five years.
“Surf Life Saving WA is the State’s peak coastal safety and rescue organisation, and provides the Western Australian community with an invaluable service.
“The funding will assist in the purchase of equipment essential in undertaking patrols and rescues, and running community education and training programs.”
Comments attributed to Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM:
“DFES is proud to continue this partnership with Surf Life Saving WA, with both organisations committed and passionate about the safety and protection of the WA community.
“DFES and Surf Life Saving often work closely together during critical ocean search and rescue missions, in particular in regional WA where without volunteers, help would be hours away.”
Comments attributed to Surf Life Saving WA President Craig Smith-Gander:
“The value of this grant is not solely in the ability to purchase critical and expensive lifesaving equipment, but it also ensures that our clubs and volunteer lifesavers can focus on what they do best – saving lives and reducing harm on our coast.
“With the valuable support of the State Government, our lifesavers can concentrate their efforts on the delivery of prevention and rescue services or training to maintain their skills for use in this high-risk environment.
“We are pleased and grateful that the Government recognises this and has chosen to continue its support of our selfless volunteers.”