Emergency Services representatives gathered on the MCG pitch at quarter time
The AFL’s Emergency Services Match recognises and celebrates Victoria’s emergency services workers and volunteers who work tirelessly to protect the community.
Under grey skies and despite the rain, the full range of emergency services were on display at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last Saturday (14 May).
Thirty CFA volunteers from across the state took part in the pre-game ceremony which included unfurling silks to represent the colours of each emergency service and a guard of honour for the competing teams.
Vanessa Amorosi provided musical entertainment and emergency vehicles took part in a motorcade around the ground before the CFA members took their seats to enjoy the game between Hawthorn and Richmond.
In the Fan Zone outside the ground, CFA’s hands-on activities drew a crowd. The smoke house proved popular, with community educators talking about the importance of getting down low and go, go, go after which young fans were able to put their lessons into practice.
Others learnt about fire safety while playing a life-sized version of hoses and ladders.
And the ever-popular fire truck captured the attention of footy fans both young and old.
The game was a great opportunity to thank and celebrate the work and efforts of Emergency Management Victoria, Ambulance Victoria, Fire Rescue Victoria, Victoria Police, CFA, Life Saving Victoria, Forest Fire Management Victoria, Victorian State Emergency Service, ESTA 000, St John Ambulance, Red Cross, the Victoria Council of Churches and Marine Search and Rescue.