Category: Minister for Emergency Services

Wear Orange To Show Support For SES Volunteers

Victorians are wearing orange today to show their support for the dedicated women and men who volunteer with the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES). Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino said Wear Orange Wednesday was the perfect opportunity to say thank you to the VICSES volunteer members, who selflessly don their orange overalls and respond […]

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Latest Fire Services Response Times Published Online

The response times of Victoria’s fire services varies widely across the state according to the latest data for the March quarter released by CFA and MFB The data is now released every quarter giving further transparency to all Victorians to see how their own fire services meets their communities needs. Figures for January-March, which are […]

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Budget Boost For Wonthaggi SES Volunteers

A significant step towards new Victoria State Emergency Service facilities in Wonthaggi has been taken thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino visited Wonthaggi today to announce the Victorian Budget 2018/19 provided $2 million for VICSES to acquire new land for the Wonthaggi unit. The funding will enable […]

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Backing our state’s emergency services

Emergency services workers and volunteers will get the equipment and facilities they need to keep Victorians safe, as part of the Victorian Budget 2018/19. More than $43 million will go towards upgrading and building new Country Fire Authority (CFA), State Emergency Service (SES) and Life Saving Victoria facilities, giving our emergency workers and volunteers the […]

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Emergency Volunteers To Share In $13.34m In Grants

Volunteer emergency-service groups can apply for Andrews Labor Government grants of up to $150,000 to help buy operational equipment and fund minor facility upgrades. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino announced today that applications are open for the 2018-19 round of Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program funding. Under the VESEP, the government matches every $1 […]

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First Sod Turned For New Life Saving Clubhouse

Construction of a new life saving clubhouse in South Melbourne has begun thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, delivering a major boost to water safety at one of Melbourne’s most popular beaches. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and Member for Albert Park Martin Foley visited the Beaconsfield Parade site today to turn the first […]

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New Vessels For Marine Search And Rescue Volunteers

Marine Search and Rescue groups across Victoria’s south-west are some of the first in the state to benefit from the Andrews Labor Government’s record $11.3 million funding boost. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino visited the Port Fairy Marine Rescue Service unit today, to announce funding for several replacement search-and-rescue boats in the region. Mr […]

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Victoria’s Brave Young Triple Zero Heroes Recognised

Thirty-one brave young Victorians have been honoured for showing courage and bravery beyond their years at the 14th Annual Triple Zero Hero Awards. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy attended today’s awards and congratulated the young people for remaining calm and calling Triple Zero in emergency situations that would […]

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Former Eltham Fire Station To Re-Open

The former Eltham Fire Station will re-open, thanks to a $500,000 facility upgrade. Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino and Member for Eltham Vicki Ward visited the site in Main Road today, to announce the station will be restored to operational capability for volunteers. Today’s announcement means the Eltham community will be protected by two […]

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Australia First Night Firebombing To Keep Victorians Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victoria’s summer firefighting armoury another big boost, with aerial night-vision technology set to become a permanent, statewide resource. Acting Minister for Emergency Services Gayle Tierney today announced after-dark water bombing would be rolled out in time for next summer’s fire season. It’s another example Victoria is one of the […]

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