The State Government has devoted 1.38 million a year to fund crucial equipment for Surf Life WA.
Secured for the following five years, the funding will cover necessary lifesaving gear used everyday by surf lifesavers to Western Australian beachgoers.
This commitment by the State Government will allow for the purchase of jet skis, trailers, rescue boats, all-terrain vehicles, defibrillators, lifejackets and radios.
Emergency Service Minister Francis Logan says he’s pleased to continue to support the Surf Life Saving WA club, with 5 years of funding delivered annually.
“Surf Life Saving WA is the State’s peak coastal safety and rescue organisation, and provides the Western Australian community with an invaluable service,” Mr Logan said.
“The funding will assist in the purchase of equipment essential in undertaking patrols and rescues, and running community education and training programs.”
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm says DFES is proud to continue the partnership to protect the 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,” Mr Klemm said.
Surf Life Saving WA President Craig Smith-Gander says the grant will allow volunteer lifesavers to focus on saving lives and reduce harm on WA coast.
The funding, which was secured in May, is a renewal of an agreement that has taken place since 2007.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services will deliver the grant agreement on behalf of the State Government.