VICSES Volunteers at Driver Reviver sites across the state for Easter

VICSES Volunteers at Driver Reviver sites across the state for Easter

08/04/2022, 2:53 PM

As the long weekend approaches, Victorians are preparing to head away. That means our Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) crews are preparing to make sure you get to your destination safely. 

VICSES volunteers and Lions Club members will operate more than 30 Driver Reviver sites around Victoria over the Easter weekend offering motorists a safe place to stop, rest and refresh. Remember to take a break if you see a rest stop along your journey.

Participating units this Easter include: Bacchus Marsh; Cann River; Kerang; Marong; Maryborough; Mildura; Morwell; Orbost; Ouyen; Rochester; St Arnaud; Tambo Valley; Euroa; Chiltern, and Benalla.

Our volunteers want you to arrive alive at your destination this holiday season so do stop for a chat. After all, they would much rather serve you at one of our Driver Reviver sites than cut you out of a car.

For the past 30 years, Driver Reviver has been a national campaign with one objective - to reduce road collisions by alleviating driver fatigue. Now supported by AAMI, at these rest stops you can get free coffee, tea, and snacks at roadside locations throughout Australia.

Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes joined Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines, and Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous, today at the VICSES Heidelberg Unit construction site to thank all our VICSES volunteers for keeping us safe.

On average, VICSES volunteers respond to 1,300 road crash rescues each year and last financial year, attending more than 1,180 road rescues across the state.

VICSES provides the largest road rescue network in Australia, with 104 accredited Road Crash Rescue provider units across Victoria, and 22 Rescue Support Units.

VICSES volunteers have played a vital role in protecting Victorian and interstate communities, responding to a record number of requests for help over the past year including flood, storm, earthquake and road-crash rescue incidents.

Last year VICSES recorded its busiest year on record, with more than 46,300 calls for assistance.

Plan your Driver Reviver rest stop here, with our interactive map.

A link to the State Government media release is available here.