About us


Our people – volunteer and staff– are highly skilled, well equipped, and trained comprehensively in a wide range of emergency environments. Today, we comprise more than 5,000 volunteers and 200 employees, all crucial to the success of VICSES and our vision to make the community safer, together. 

Our volunteers are the backbone of VICSES, serving the Victorian community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for more than 40 years. 95% of our people are volunteers.

VICSES provides emergency assistance to thousands of Victorians every year. In 2019-2020 VICSES responded to  33,742 emergency incidents across the state, contributing a total of 382,141 hours helping Victorians in need.

Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is governed by a Board of Directors accountable to the Victorian Minister for Emergency Services, and is run by the executive management team.

VICSES produces a number of publications each year about emergency management and about the organisation itself.

Contact Us

Call 132 500 from anywhere in Victoria for flood, storm, tsunami and earthquake emergency. For life-threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000).

For general enquiries please use our contact form

Victoria State Emergency Service accepts donations from the public to assist us in the work that we do.

All donations are greatly appreciated.

Emergency management & training

The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is the control agency for flood, storm, tsunami earthquake and landslide in Victoria. VICSES has a coordination role in facilitating the development of emergency plans for these hazards at state and regional tiers, by managing responses to these emergencies and helping communities to prepare through effective planning.

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Latest News

VICSES volunteers launch Wear Orange Wednesday with heartfelt reunion with Kalorama storm survivor.
Kalorama storm survivors reunite with VICSES volunteers
More than 50 volunteers and emergency responders participated in large-scale land and water-based search and rescue exercises at Lake Eppalock across the weekend.
VICSES Trainer Will Boyd showcases how to safely ignite a smoke flare.
VICSES units from across region combine to be named 'Best Emergency Service Display' at the Sale ANZAC Weekend Airshow.
VICSES Sale Unit Controller Codie Powell at the 2024 Sale ANZAC Weekend Airshow