Support for VRA

Neil Sturrock and David Chenhall

Neil Sturrock and David Chenhall

Support is flowing for the Dubbo Branch of the Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) as it begins its campaign for a significant upgrade to its headquarters.

Dubbo MP Troy Grant said he has already been working towards improved conditions for the Dubbo Rescue Squad.

Former deputy mayor of Dubbo Ben Shields said the squad should be given whatever they need to serve the community.

“Our local Volunteer Rescue Association performs an important and valuable role in our community.

“I have enormous respect for VRA volunteers, they deserve appropriate facilities to work from,” Mr Grant said.

“I am aware that the Dubbo branch of the VRA have a number of issues with their building.

“Behind the scenes I have been working with the VRA Commissioner Mark Gibson to come up with a solution, I will keep on this matter and look forward to a positive outcome.”

I have enormous respect for VRA volunteers, they deserve appropriate facilities to work from. - Troy Grant

Earlier this week Dubbo Rescue Squad captain David Chenhall said the current building was too small to house their equipment, prone to leaking, falling apart and had previously had a number of security issues.

He said they were hopeful funding could be found by some level of government to help bring their building up to standards.

They are hoping to fix the issues with the building and expand so they can fit all of their vehicles and trailers into the shed.

Mr Shields said the rescue squad provided such an important service to Dubbo that an upgraded headquarters should be a high priority.

“The VRA is the pinnacle of community in service.

“These people go out in their own time to some of the worst accidents and tragedies and cut trapped people out of cars.

“Then they also then go out and do their own fundraising to cover the running costs of the organisation.

“They do some amazing work and what kind of joke is it if we can’t lend them a hand when they do so much?”

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop