Emergency Services celebrate National Volunteer Week

18 May 2020

From 18 – 24 May, the emergency management sector is celebrating the unsung heroes protecting communities across Victoria, during National Volunteer Week. 

There are more than 100,000 volunteers who help deliver emergency management services in Victoria alone. These volunteers are key to Victoria’s ability to plan, prepare for, respond to and recover from a range of emergencies. 

In these uncertain times, it’s even more important to recognise the contribution of volunteers. The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week is ‘Changing communities. Changing lives.’ 

“We have a wonderful culture in both Australia and Victoria of lending a hand to those who need it,” Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said. 

“Our state is built on the back of volunteers who perform tasks big and small, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for the work that you do. 

“Your contributions to this state will never be underestimated.” 

The Victorian Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) is a key supporter of volunteerism in Victoria, providing support to emergency management volunteers through grants and other funding. 

For more information, visit the Volunteering Australia website (External link)