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What volunteers do

The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) values people who can bring different skills and experiences to meet a wide range of needs.

Whether providing on-the-ground support, assisting in administrative roles or raising community awareness through education, a variety of operational and support roles are available to volunteers.

Operational roles

We rely on our volunteers to provide on-the-ground support in emergencies due to natural disasters such as flood, storm, tsunami and earthquake. Volunteers also support other Emergency Service Organisations such as the Country Fire Authority during major bushfires and some units are accredited to perform road rescue.

These hands-on operational roles include:

  • General rescue
  • Road rescue
  • Rescue boat operations
  • Land search
  • Urban search and rescue
  • Traffic management
  • Rope rescue
  • Community education

Learn more about the kinds of operational roles you could do.

Non-operational support roles

Volunteers Doorknocking.jpgWe understand that rescue-focused roles are not for everyone. Volunteering with VICSES doesn't have to involve lights and sirens – there are important non-operational support roles that provide valued assistance to the unit and also help you to build professional skills.

Non-operational support roles available to our volunteers may include:

  • Administration
  • Fundraising
  • Media and public relations
  • Community education

Learn more about the kinds of non-operational support roles that you could do.

Youth volunteers

If you're aged 15-18, you can still join a VICSES unit as a youth volunteer. Although you won't be able to undertake operational roles, you will receive nationally-recognised training in all volunteer skills and enjoy the regular benefits that come with volunteering. Learn more about becoming a youth volunteer.

Associate members

Associate members provide valuable assistance in the running and upkeep of a unit. If you don't want to be called out during the night but are willing to volunteer your time to assist your local unit at a time that suits your schedule, this type of membership may be for you. Find out more about becoming an associate member.