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Dialing in to self-isolation

From late March, VCC EM asked volunteers to provide phone support to people adversely affected by self-isolation. Those we contacted had requested calls to check on their needs and just have a chat about how they were coping. Armed with a script and after a quick heads up we embarked on our mission. Calling strangers without the visual clues to

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Back to Bunyip one year on

The flora around Bunyip is well on the way to returning to normal – and so are the locals one year after devastating bushfires roared through their territory. I was honoured to do a couple of tours of duty in to the area to help Cardinia Shire discern how people were recovering from the fires. Groups of two VCC EM

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Hear women roar on the biggest stage

On International Women’s Day on March 8, the Emergency Services Foundation invited VCC EM volunteers to take part in an afternoon tea forum involving women from across the state’s emergency services sector. The afternoon began with a sumptuous tea enjoyed by eight of our amazing volunteers. This was followed by a forum with outstanding speakers, the Governor of Victoria the

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Farewell, Stuart

Stuart started at VCC EM as a volunteer, joining the staff in April 2009 and eventually becoming CEO. In that time the organisation has grown to include almost 1600 volunteers and earn a position at the State Emergency Management Centre. But when Stuart started, the organisation was in a much more humble position. “The early days were scary as we

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Mallacoota

The first VCC EM activation into Mallacoota on Sunday, January 19, comprised Tony Ryan, left, Mark Dunn, Jenny McGuirk, Max Tennison and Team Alpha leader Tom Rose. We rendezvoused at RAAF Base East Sale at 8am to fly into the bushfire ravaged East Gippsland town for five days of service. We quickly learnt the Army motto, “Hurry up and wait”

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Bourke Street Incident

On Friday 20 January 2017, a vehicle struck a number of pedestrians in the vicinity of Bourke and Queen Streets just before 2:00pm. The car travelled from Flinders Street, up Swanston Street to Bourke Street Mall where the incident concluded at the corner of Bourke and William Streets. VCC Emergencies Ministry Chaplains and Personal Support Workers were activated almost immediately

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