Collie is one of six South West shires to benefit from this year’s Western Power grants program. The shire’s Worsley Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade is one of 34 brigades to share in $45,000 of grant funding that will support bushfire fighting capabilities during the upcoming bushfire season. Through the grant program, local governments and volunteer brigades can apply for funding for equipment or services unable to be purchased through the State Government’s Emergency Services Levy. Bushfire Volunteers’ executive officer Darren Brown said the grants program highlighted the value of WA’s unique volunteer bushfire services. “On behalf of our member brigades, we’re incredibly grateful for Western Power’s ongoing support over a number of years now,” Mr Brown said. “Since Western Power began supporting our brigades through grants, every single grant round has been oversubscribed, highlighting the need for additional equipment among the State’s volunteer bushfire brigades,’’ he said. Other South West brigades to receive grants were the Gelorup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Gracetown Bushfire Brigade, North Nannup Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, and the Ringbarkers Bush Fire Brigade and Springfield Bush Fire Brigade from Manjimup. Western Power’s chief executive officer Ed Kalajzic said the organisation was proud to give back to volunteer groups who played such a vital role in our community. “This funding will assist volunteer bushfire brigades to purchase additional firefighting tools such as water pumps, thermal imaging cameras and chainsaws, all part of ensuring brigades are able to safely and effectively carry out firefighting activities,” he said.