Despite a tough budgetary environment, the Government has continued its investments in CFA, in particular:
• $22.9 million to build or upgrade more rural fire stations across the state
• $12.3 million for the CFA to acquire additional vehicles, providing crews with access to the technology, operational capability and safety features offered by new vehicles.
“This will continue the major revitalization of CFA facilities and equipment, enhancing our mission to protect lives and property.”
Mr Bourke described the 2012/13 Victorian budget as “tight” but also as “an opportunity to prioritise the organisation’s efforts”.
“CFA was aware this would be a tight Victorian budget caused primarily by the state and national economic climate,” he said.
“We understand all parts of the public sector are tightening their belts now and into the future while continuing to provide important services.
“Over the next financial year CFA will continue to focus on service delivery to the community, operational training for its members and volunteer support.”
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