In recognition of the tireless contribution that fire and emergency service volunteers make to protecting Western Australia and its people, a $7.9 million State Government program is being introduced to provide eligible volunteer brigades, groups and units (BGUs) with a fuel card.
Available to all metropolitan and regional volunteers, the initiative will provide each BGU with $2,000 per year for four years.
Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the Emergency Services Volunteer Fuel Card Scheme was a way to support the important work of metropolitan and regional BGUs and acknowledge the contribution of volunteers to the WA community.
"Volunteers are crucial to the delivery of fire and emergency services in the Western Australian community," Mr Francis said.
"Volunteers willingly give their time to protect our communities and the fuel card is a small gift to help with their commuting costs."
Administered by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), the scheme is available to BGUs belonging to the Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services, State Emergency Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Services and St John Ambulance.
To access the fuel card, the officer-in-charge (eg: Commander/Captain/Unit Leader/Local Manager of a BGU or a recognised volunteer leader in a St John Ambulance Sub-Centre/Division) can apply from Monday 23 November 2015. Applications close on Sunday 10 January 2016.
The scheme has been made possible by the State Government of WA and the Royalties for Regions program.
For more information visit the fuel cards page.
* Please note in this revised news story the overall budget figure has increased from $7.6 million to $7.9 million to provide for the inclusion of the Metropolitan area.