Today I visited the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) Dandenong unit to do the annual test and tag of the electrical appliances they use in their response operations.
ACME has been a supporter of this unit for 5 years as part of our way to recognise of the enormous combined contribution VICSES makes to the Victorian community and the fantastic job the volunteers do week in, week out, often in very difficult circumstances.
So I want to give them a free plug.
VICSES is a volunteer-based organisation, providing emergency assistance to minimise the impact of emergencies and strengthen the community’s capacity to plan, respond and recover, when emergencies occur.
A large portion of the events volunteers respond to are related to storms; damage to properties, clearing fallen trees, flooding and traffic control. More often than not, this involves responding in cold, wet and rather unpleasant weather conditions.
Volunteers also support CFA, Victoria Police with assistance to events that can include;
Volunteers spend hours of their own time training and developing their skills and respond to events that may take hours or sometimes days to complete. It is not done for recognition (often they get very little) but out of a sense of wanting to make the community a better place for everyone.
To find out more about VICSES, what they do, how you can support them or even become a volunteer, visit https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/home