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MEDIA RELEASE - Glenelg hosts emergency services expo

14 November 2019

The Glenelg region’s emergency services are uniting next month for a first of its kind free expo to educate the community on staying safe this summer.

With higher temperatures forecast and increased risk of danger from bushfire, the Glenelg Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee is hosting the collaborative event to educate the community on the importance of recognising an emergency and how to act with the support of a relevant emergency agency.

The expo will profile why residents should stay informed, be aware of the role agencies provide across the shire, and how to personally respond to protect family and the broader community.

The expo, to be held on the Portland foreshore on Saturday 7 December, will connect the community with all local emergency services personnel including Victoria Police, CFA, VICSES, Ambulance, Portland Surf Life Saving Club and Australian Coast Guard among others.

Glenelg Shire Council Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the expo would play an important role in educating the community on the importance of being aware of what services are available locally in the event of an emergency.

She said it was a particularly important for young families to educate their children on the role of emergency personnel and what to do in an emergency.

“This first of its kind expo will showcase what our emergency services can do, putting their vehicles, equipment and capability on public display,” Cr Rank said.

“A variety of different service providers will be in attendance including Forest Fire Management from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), the Country Fire Authority (CFA), Victorian State Emergency Service (SESVIC) and Indigenous Rangers from the Gunditjmara Aboriginal Corporation”, she said.

“Together these local emergency services personnel will provide important, lifesaving information to community members about being prepared ahead of time for the pending summer fire season, and in the event of any emergency.

“Many of these emergency services are operated by a dedicated band of community volunteers who share their time to keep our community safe and protected in times of need.

“They will be on-hand providing information on how others can be recruited to such a volunteer role.

“I think it is also important that families attend with their young children who will gain from having a greater understanding and respect for the important role these emergency services personnel undertake.”

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