Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman MP, and State Member for East Hills, Glenn Brookes MP, have announced that the NSW Cave Rescue Squad and the Australian Civil Air Patrol – both based at Bankstown Airport – will receive funding under the Emergency Volunteer Support Scheme.

The Scheme is part of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program, a joint initiative of the Australian and NSW Governments.

The NSW Cave Rescue Squad will receive $7,000 to fund training volunteers in nationally recognised training units of cave rescues and complex vertical rescues.

The Australian Civil Air Patrol will receive $2,200 to fund training volunteers in using handheld infrared cameras to enhance the effectiveness of volunteer aerial observers.

“This funding will help these vital local organisations to further help our community,” Mr Coleman said.

“We rely on emergency services organisations and their volunteers, just like the NSW Cave Rescue Squad and Australian Civil Air Patrol, during emergencies to ensure our communities are safe.

“I am pleased that this funding will go towards delivering important training to the volunteers who do so much for communities right across NSW”.

“Natural disasters have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities and although many natural disasters are unpredictable, we can all be better prepared,” Mr Brookes said.

“Ensuring that our emergency services volunteers have the necessary training to act during natural disasters and other important situations is an absolutely vital part of that readiness”.