Today’s announcement by the State Government that its $7.6 million volunteer fuel card program will be rolled out this year has been welcomed by the peak body for Western Australia’s largest emergency service.

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) Chief Executive Officer Tony Papafilis said the program was confirmation of the government’s support for and appreciation of the work done by the tens of thousands of emergency services volunteers who keep our communities safe.

“There are more than 30,000 emergency services volunteers in WA, a vast majority of whom live in regional and remote areas,” Mr Papafilis said.

“We know that many of our Volunteer Bush Fire Service members spend hundreds of hours every year training, fundraising and protecting their communities and are often left out of pocket in doing so – especially those who volunteer in regional areas.”

“The government’s generous offer to provide Brigades with an annual $2,000 fuel card to help cover some of the costs their members incur will be very well received by many.”

“The AVBFB is very proud to have been working with the government on this initiative since the election and are very pleased that it has now been announced.”

“On behalf of our hard-working and professional volunteers, I would like thank the WA Nationals for their election commitment and the State Government for delivering on the promise,” Mr Papafilis said.

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