About VICSES Road Crash Rescue
VICSES RCR capability is located in major regional centres and is a critical part of the service in attracting and retaining volunteers to ensure we can provide significant surge capacity for affected communities across the State relating to flood, storm, fire support, and search and rescue support to Victoria Police.
Retention of these skilled and highly trained RCR volunteers is high and in many smaller rural communities our volunteers have joined VICSES primarily to contribute to this capability. Volunteer feedback obtained during the implementation of the updated RCR arrangements in 2017 clearly highlighted RCR to be a primary driver of satisfaction, and retention as a VICSES volunteer.
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VICSES further contributes to the State’s road safety by collaborating on national standards through its membership, working with the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation, leading the emergency management sector in training and driving innovation, and in introducing fit for purpose equipment for RCR.
Other key roles include:
- Partnering with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which includes promoting the Towards Zero Campaign, that sees each of VICSES’ Principal Rescue trucks being badged with Towards Zero (consistent with Victoria Police Highway Patrol), along with contributing to TAC media campaigns and Road Safety events such as Launch of the Towards Zero education centre at Melbourne Museum in 2018.
- Driver Reviver sites on long weekends, where volunteers staff approximately 27 locations to support the public taking a break. TOLL Driver Reviver is a national partnership campaign aimed at reducing road collisions through the alleviation of driver fatigue. In operation for more than 27 years, Driver Reviver offers motorists a safe place to stop and refresh at roadside locations across Victoria.
- Partnering with VICROADS on Fit2Drive – an education awareness program delivered to high school aged students.
- Partnering with Latrobe University with the Regional Road Trauma Hub.