Broadmeadows Unit is run entirely by volunteers who are passionate about serving their community.
Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is the control agency for flood, storm, tsunami, earthquake and landslide in Victoria. We also assist Victoria Police in search and rescue operations and play an important support role during major bushfires.
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.
Volunteers come from all walks of life, with diverse backgrounds, interests and skills. What unites us is our commitment to VICSES and our community.
Volunteering for VICSES can be one of the most rewarding and best investments you can make. As a VICSES volunteer, you can make a difference.
Volunteers have a wide range of opportunities to develop new skills, form new friendships, accept high levels of responsibility and enjoy the team spirit of a tightly knit unit.
Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring unique skills. The most important thing is that each volunteers shares a desire to help their community. Broadmeadows routinely recruits volunteers from the communities of Hume and Moreland municipalities. If you live within the shaded area on the map below and are interested in joining Broadmeadows Unit, please get in touch with us.
If you live outside the shaded area and are still interested in volunteering, you can find your local unit.
What skills do I need?
Volunteers bring with them a unique portfolio of skills and abilities however you do not need to have any specific skills or qualifications to volunteer. VICSES is a registered training organisation (RTO) and we will provide you with the training you need to be part of a team during an emergency response. This includes first aid, roping systems, rescue techniques and so much more. We train one night each week so there is a minimum commitment that you would be expected to make.
What do volunteers do?
VICSES volunteers perform a broad range of roles, from operational field work through to providing operational support such as administration and public education. There are many roles you can undertake as a volunteer at Broadmeadows Unit.
Crews are the front-line of VICSES. Responding to a range of emergencies and requests for assistance, crew members may use a range of tools to address challenging situations such as storm damage, temporary repairs and rescue. Crews may work on the ground or at height with the assistance of roping systems.
Importantly, the work undertaken may be in extreme weather conditions and under time constraints so it’s important that crews are dedicated and disciplined in their techniques.
Crew leaders provide management and advice to the members of their crew when they are working on a job. Crew leaders are instrumental in directing and managing their crew to achieve a common goal.
We attend to incidents from small to large. Incident management teams provide essential support to crews in the field with the use of Australasian Inter-service Incident Management System (AIIMS). You may be providing coordination to anywhere from five to 500 volunteers in the field.
Processing of membership applications and identification cards; and assisting with community education, public relations and operational events.
Fundraising is essential for VICSES units to raise extra funds via their local community in order to replace certain equipment and vehicles within the unit. This is an incredibly valued role that provides the ability for the unit to operate.
We engage directly with our community on how to prepare for natural hazards. Programs are aimed at building resilient communities that are less affected by flood, storm, tsunami and earthquake. Community education is aimed at schools, community groups and the general public and includes talking about preparation, response and recovery.
As members become skilled in certain areas, they may move into a training role, providing formal instruction in a classroom or field environment. These members are an important part of ensuring the unit maintains their skillsets.
Experienced trainers can seek a qualification in training, allowing them to assess their peers in skills. They assess against national units of competency to ensure a high standard is maintained.
Would you like to know more?
If this sounds like you and you live in either Hume or Moreland councils, then you may like to get in touch with Broadmeadows SES.
If you would like to find out more about the larger organisation, please visit ses.vic.gov.au