11 July 2018
The 18th Emergency Management Conference, which brings together emergency management personnel from across Victoria, has been a huge success.
The two-day conference, organised by the Emergency Services Foundation and supported by Emergency Management Victoria, saw around 400 representatives attend from Victoria Police, fire agencies, Victoria State Emergency Service, community groups and other organisations.
Keynote speakers were beyondblue Chair and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and retired Major Matina Jewell, who has a service record that includes postings in the Middle East and Solomon Islands.
The conference theme was Strategy to Action and was a great opportunity for delegates to share ideas, knowledge and experience.
It was also an opportunity to discuss emergency management strategies and how they are being implemented on the ground and in communities.
Speakers at the conference included EMV’s Director Emergency Management Resilience John Schauble, Director Relief and Recovery Kate Fitzgerald and General Manager Risk and Resilience Brett Ellis.
Conference organisers, the ESF, was established in 1987 after Ash Wednesday by the Chief Commissioner of Police and Fire Chief Laurie Lavelle.
It provides relief and assistance to emergency services personnel and their families when they experience hardship because of a member is engaged in emergency services operational activities.
ESF awards a number of international study scholarships, as well as convening professional development events. This year’s scholarship recipients were Luke Heagerty and Geoff Ranzenhofer from CFA, Jacob Riley from VICSES and Linda Jones from Victoria Police.