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About the Emergency Services Foundation

After the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires a public appeal was launched to provide relief to Emergency Service Workers affected by this tragic event.

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ESF History

After the 1983 Ash Wednesday bushfires a public appeal was launched to provide relief to Emergency Service Workers affected by this tragic event.

With the agreement of the originators of the appeal the residual funds were used to form a charitable trust for the benefit of Emergency Service Workers.

In 1987 the Emergency Services Foundation was established and in line with the origins of the Trust it was determined that provisions of the Trust Deed be directed towards:

  1. the relief and assistance to any Victorian Emergency Service Worker and their families who suffer hardship as a result of the Worker engaged in the operations of activities of an Emergency Service; and
  2. the funding of research and study by properly qualified persons aimed at the improvement of the methods of relief and assistance set out in (1) or the lessening of hazards experienced by Victorian Emergency Service Workers in their line of duty.

Since 1987 a number of Victorian Emergency Service Workers have received financial assistance and in some cases the families of the deceased have also received financial support.

In excess of 70 Scholarships have been provided to members of the Victorian Emergency Services and these are allocated on an annual basis on the recommendation of the Head of the Agency concerned with the nominations.

In summary should any applicant wish to reference the eligibility criteria please contact Jenny Davis on 0406 003 765. Click here for more information about Scholarship Applications.

Member Organisations


The Country Fire Authority is one of the worlds largest volunteer based emergency services. There are around 58,000 volunteer members supported by over 400 career fire fighters and officers and more than 700 career support and administrative staff.

Situated in Victoria, there are 2.5 million people and 150,182 square kilometres of land in the CFA area. This area includes more that 980,000 homes, and covers all of rural Victoria, and the provincial cities and towns (except State forests and National Parks).

Our brigades respond to a range of different incidents and our broader activities include community education and fire investigation.

The ties between CFA and state government, local government, industry and brigades are essential to the successful operation of CFA. As a community service organisation, CFA brigades are strongly supported by their local communities in responding to meet Victorian fire safety and emergency management needs.


State: Victoria
Phone: 03 9262 8444


Ambulance Victoria was formed with the amalgamation of the state's three former ambulance services (Metropolitan Ambulance Service, Rural Ambulance Victoria and Alexandria District Ambulance Service) on 1 July, 2008.

Through a Board of Directors, AV responds to the State Minister for Health. AV is responsible for the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical care and transport for almost 5 million people, living and working in Victoria. AV provides emergency response, non-emergency transport and air ambulance services with the help of more than 3,000 ambulance paramedics and over 800 volunteers.

Ambulance Victoria responds to more than 500,000 emergency cases every year state wide.


State: Victoria
Phone: 03 9840 3500


The Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB)

MFB is a community based organisation committed to providing world-class protection against fire and other emergencies, as well as educating the community about fire safety.

MFB protects an area of 1,000 square kilometres from fire and emergencies within the MD (Metropolitan District). The MD incorporates the central business district, and extends to the inner and middle suburbs of Melbourne.

MFB protects 4 million residents, workers and visitors and more than $200 billion of assets and vital community infrastructure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

MFB has more than 1,800 career firefighters who provide community protection, education services, and emergency response from 47 strategically located fire stations and specialist departments.

MFB firefighters respond to a range of hazards including residential and structural fire, vegetation fire around Melbourne and bushfires (in support of the CFA), car accidents, rescues, building collapses and incidents involving hazardous materials. We also
respond to medical emergencies as part of our Emergency Medical Response (EMR) First Responder program.

MFB also supports the development and maintenance of emergency management arrangements for the state and provides advice on these matters at local, state and national levels.


State: Victoria
Phone: 03 9665 4355


The Victoria State Emergency Service is a volunteer based emergency service, servicing the State of Victoria. VICSES prepares for, prevents, responds to emergencies resulting from floods, severe storms, earthquakes, and provides road rescue and search and rescue operations. If required, VICSES will assist in emergency recovery. VICSES has a major emergency management planning role providing advice and support to Government departments and municipalities, as well as auditing all Municipal Emergency Management Plans. VICSES also provides a support role to other emergency service agencies.

VICSES is made up of more than 5,500 volunteers who are supported by 82 staff. VICSES is decentralised into six regions covering Victoria where 150 VICSES Units are situated. Each Unit is comprised entirely of volunteer members. The regions are provided corporate support by State Headquarters (VHQ) in Southbank, Melbourne.


State: Victoria
Phone: 03 9684 6666

Victoria Police

Victoria Police provides a 24-hour police service to the Victorian community. Victoria Police contributes to a high quality of life for individuals in the community by ensuring a safe and secure society and underpins the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of Victoria.

Victoria Police was formally established on 8 January, 1853. William Henry Fancourt Mitchell was appointed as the first Chief Commissioner.

At that time he had a total strength of 875 men, serving a Victorian population of 168,000.

The role of Victoria Police has expanded over recent years from one focused primarily on law enforcement, to one of community assistance, guidance and leadership. Our aim is to deliver a safer Victoria through intelligent and confident policing focused on the development of partnerships and a community capacity that empowers individuals to build a safer Victoria.

We are committed to reducing the crime rate and the road toll and road trauma, as well as increasing the levels of community perceptions of safety and customer satisfaction.

Victoria Police is a large organisation employing over 13,100 people, including Police, Public Servants and Protective Security Officers, serving Victoria, with a population in excess of 4.6 million. With 328 police stations and other facilities, Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.


State: Victoria
Phone: 03 9247 6666

Royal Flying Doctor Service

The Flying Doctors has been voted as Australia's most reputable charity for six years in a row and has been providing aero-medical assistance and primary health care services since 1928. RFDS Victoria delivers air and road patient transport, primary health care programs such as diabetes, mobile eye and dental care and rural women's GP services, as well as raising funds for emergency retrieval across Australia.

Nationally the RFDS comes into contact with over 290,000 patients annually, or more than 800 every day, performs around 37,000 aeromedical evacuations and conducts about 15,000 healthcare clinics per year.


State: Victoria
Phone: 03 8412 0432