EARLY response times for two fire brigades will be improved thanks to an NRMA community grant.
The Lavington and Bowna Wymah Rural Fire Brigades both received almost $5000 for vital equipment.
Secretary of the Bowna Wymah brigade, Nick Roberts, yesterday welcomed the money to buy two hand-held digital radios.
“It will be a great help because mobile phones don’t always work out here,” he said.
“The radios will allow for earlier response times, faster investigations of reported fires and lightning strikes.”
Lavington Rural Fire Service will buy two hand-held radios for the captain and senior deputy captain, allowing them to be contactable by incoming units.
The grant will also be used to buy six pagers to provide the crew with immediate notification of an incident.
Deputy captain Kathy Barnes said it meant there would now be enough pagers to go around the crew.
“In the past we have had to text the people without pagers and it slows down the whole operation,” she said.
NRMA Albury office manager Sue Bracken said the grant program had run since 2003 to support organisations making communities safer.
Member for Albury Greg Aplin handed over the money yesterday, saying the timing was fitting ahead of the fire season.