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Govt. thanks SE emergency services
Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells today recognised and thanked Victoria’s emergency services personnel in the South East Metropolitan Region for their efforts in responding to the 2013-14 fires.
***Victorian Government Media Release***
Joined by Member for Gembrook Brad Battin at a thank you barbecue in Berwick, Mr Wells said the Victorian Coalition Government was proud to support the vital work of emergency workers and volunteers who protect lives and property.
“The 2013-14 summer bushfires posed a serious challenge to regional Victoria, with the worst fire conditions since Black Saturday in 2009,” Mr Wells said.
“Emergency services personnel as well as all the supporting departments and agencies demonstrated magnificent effort and commitment to keep our communities safe over summer, and we thank them for their efforts.”
The family thank you barbecue is one of several events being held across Victoria to recognise the contribution of emergency services personnel.
During the 2013-14 fire season there were major fires across the state including in the Grampians, the Big Desert Wilderness Park, Kilmore-Mickelham, East Gippsland and at Morwell. A total of 4,600 bush and grass fires burned more than 463,000 hectares of land across Victoria.
Eighty residences were destroyed across the state.
“The emergency management response to the fires this season was the most coordinated approach we have seen,” Mr Wells said.
“The South East Metropolitan Region was faced with several fires, including the Warrandyte fire which burnt 10 hectares and sadly destroyed three residences, and the Gladysdale fire which threatened local residences, but where fortunately all properties were saved.
“Many firefighters and emergency services personnel from this region also travelled to other regions to provide support, including Morwell to assist with the Hazelwood mine fire.
“Our emergency services volunteers have a proud history of assisting Victorians during times of need, and we are grateful for their ongoing support each summer.”
Victoria has more than 90,000 operational and non-operational emergency services volunteers.