About Us

Who are we

Broadmeadows Unit is run entirely by volunteers. We are one of 145 units in Victoria and we service the Hume and Moreland council areas.

As a volunteer organisation, we recruit from our community. At any one time we have around 50 volunteers and we recruit periodically to maintain our numbers. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch and we will provide you with information on our next recruitment intake. Please note that as we are a community based organisation, our volunteers are required to live within our service area.

The unit is made up of volunteers who undertake a variety of roles such as operations, administration and training.

Unit Management Team

The unit is led by the Unit Management Team that consists of the Controller, two Deputy Controllers and several Section Leaders. These volunteers are each responsible for a key function within the unit and they support the broader membership in serving the community.


Connie Lapworth
Unit Controller
Shane Lapworth
Deputy Controller Operations
Shane Taylor
Deputy Controller Administration

Unit Membership

Volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring unique skills. What unites us is our commitment to VICSES and our community.

Our committed and dedicated volunteers have saved the lives and property of countless Victorians, providing these services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

What we do

The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is the control agency for flood, storm, tsunami, earthquake and landslide in Victoria, managing responses to these emergencies and helping communities to prepare through planning and education. We also assist the Victoria Police in search and rescue operations and play an important support role during major bushfire responses.

Unit History

The Broadmeadows Unit is one of the oldest in VICSES. Our history dates back to 1972, even before the current names and logo we used. In those days, we were known as the Civil Defence Organisation but things have come a long way since then.