The state government has announced a $1 million funding boost for State Emergency Service groups across Queensland.
The money will allow the volunteer groups to buy more equipment, maintain their trucks and upgrade their buildings, with Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford saying the SES Support Grant funding injection was a fitting end to National Volunteer Week.
"Funding has been awarded to 28 local governments and will go a long way to improving existing infrastructure and helping our volunteers prepare for and respond to emergencies," he said.
"The grants program will allow SES groups to make enhancements to existing facilities including accommodation, sheds and storage spaces, and other amenities.
"The program also offers funding to upgrade vehicles ensuring our SES volunteers can continue to respond when their communities need them."
Mr Crawford said local governments had submitted applications for grants, with project funding of up to $75,000 for infrastructure upgrades and $30,000 for vehicle upgrades.
"Applications are assessed against the project's cost, potential benefit to the community, contribution to an efficient SES response, and building safer, more sustainable communities," he said.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said it was vital in Queensland to have well-equipped SES groups.
"This storm and cyclone season, we've had tropical cyclones Trevor, Penny, Owen and Ann, as well as the north Queensland floods," Ms Carroll said.
"It's vital our volunteers are ready and raring to go during severe weather events and I'm pleased to see the SES Support Grant playing a hand to assist our volunteers and the communities they serve.
"In the past financial year, SES volunteers across the state have performed nearly 80,000 hours of operational activity.
"Our volunteers do so much for their communities and by awarding funds from the SES Support Grant, we can show our recognition for their hard work."