Ready to serve Melbourne’s west

VICSES Aintree Unit volunteers. (Supplied)

In preparation for the opening of Victoria State Emergency Service’s (VICSES) newest unit in Aintree, volunteers have passed a major milestone.

A blend of both seasoned and fresh recruits have completed their initial training at the VICSES Melton unit. This milestone marks a crucial step in ensuring the readiness of emergency responders for the community in Melbourne’s west.

Scheduled to commence operations later this year, the Aintree unit will play a pivotal role in delivering essential emergency aid.

Most recently volunteers focused on familiarising themselves with the unit’s Medium Rescue Truck (MRT), with plans for supervised crew member training and more advanced exercises to follow shortly.

With construction of the unit’s state-of-the-art facility nearing completion, 25 dedicated volunteers have already committed to serving in the unit which will service the growth corridor bridging Melton and Melbourne’s western suburbs.

Among the eager volunteers are local residents Tanya Inkret and her husband, Alex Setterfield, driven by a shared passion for community service.

Tanya said she and Alex were proud to be part of an initiative which would allow them to provide a vital emergency presence in their local area.

“Being part of VICSES’ new Aintree unit is a fantastic opportunity to give back to a community I now call home,” she said.

“Nothing has been too hard for our trainers and support staff, and it has created an inviting and accommodating atmosphere which I’m proud to be a part of.”

The Aintree unit is poised to accommodate up to 70 volunteers, with its new facility boasting six vehicle bays and its own large training space.