VICSES plays a significant role in the State’s road safety, responding to between 1,300-1,400 Road Crash Rescues (RCR) each year.
VICSES provides the largest road rescue network in Australia, with 103 accredited road crash rescue provider units (Principal Provider) across Victoria and 22 Rescue Support units (Rescue Support Provider). That is one of the highest service delivery ratios for RCR globally – equating to 73% of our service base across our statewide footprint.
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.
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.
Safety barriers save lives: VICSES Road Crash Rescue teams have seen first hand how barriers help prevent tragic run-off-road and head-on collisions
For over 27 years, TOLL Driver Reviver has been a national campaign with one objective: to reduce road collisions by alleviating driver fatigue.
Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) volunteers and Lions Club members operate sites around Victoria on holiday weekends and peak traffic days offering motorists a safe place to stop and refresh.
VICSES volunteers will offer free coffee, tea and snacks at roadside locations to encourage drivers to stop, rest and refresh, in an effort to ensure they can arrive safely at their destination.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Driver Reviver sites are not operating. Please check back here regularly for updates for upcoming site information and when we'll be able to share a hot drink together again.
We would much rather serve you a cup of tea, than cut you out of a car.
Tips for driving
- Get a good night's rest: Don't leave your packing until late the night before. Go to bed early and start the day feeling fresh.
- Be a planner: Plan your trip in advance and allow it to be flexible. Always remember to factor in regular breaks so you can stop and recharge.
- Keep the kids busy: If you have a long road trip ahead, try and keep the kids busy occupied with activities such as games, colouring in, or watching a movie.
- Don't get distracted: When you're behind the wheel of a vehicle, driving in your number one priority. The safety of you, and your passengers is in your hands
- Listen to your body: Are you yawning, rubbing your eyes or feeling restless? These are all symptoms of fatigue. If you're feeling tired, dont try and fight it - pull pver for a power nap.
- Download the Driver Reviver Safe driving tips poster (right)
You can learn more information about driver fatigue on the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) website.