Emergency services' contribution recognised by Grand Prix

12 March 2020
A stylised Formula 1 car moving fast.

Emergency service (ES) personnel will be guests of honour at the 2020 Australian Grand Prix. The four-day event will include various activities paying tribute to our sector.

This is the Grand Prix Corporation’s way of giving back to those who have worked incredibly hard to protect the community and the environment. Personnel will be welcomed into an Emergency Services Precinct with vehicle displays.

ES representatives will also take part in a guard of honour during the Drivers’ Parade.

Fire-affected regions will benefit as suppliers for catering at the event and there will be displays of their produce.

The Grand Prix is one of Victoria’s premier events, drawing hundreds of thousands of attendees and a worldwide audience. This year, spectators have a unique opportunity to recognise the contribution of our emergency services.

Emergency Management Commissioner, Andrew Crisp, thanked the Grand Prix “for recognising our police and emergency services for their efforts over the fire season. Initiatives like this will enable race goers to acknowledge the sector’s incredible commitment to community.”

The recognition is welcome after a very tough season. More than 1.5 million hectares of Victoria was burnt. More than 400 residential structures and more 600 non-residential structures were damaged or destroyed by fire.

Like a top Formula 1 team, the emergency services sector relies on preparation and continues to work as one.