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National Volunteer Week 2021

This week, Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd May 2021 is National Volunteer Week and VFBV is recognising more than 100,000 Victorians who contribute their time, skills and resources to ongoing volunteer work in local communities before, during and after emergencies, and in particular the 54,000 volunteers who choose to volunteer with CFA.

As outlined in the 3V’s report - within just Victoria alone, emergency management volunteers contribute a conservative value of $2.5 billion dollars of value each and every year. You can read more about the 3V’s report here.

This year’s theme for National Volunteer Week is ‘Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine.’

Adam Barnett, VFBV Chief Executive Officer said that volunteers are critical to emergency management in Victoria, and we celebrate and thank them for the vital role they play in our lives this National Volunteer Week being celebrated between May 17-23.

“On behalf of VFBV can I please pass on our deep gratitude, respect and appreciation for the work you do each and every day in your communities, and the vital service you provide.”

“I want to make special mention and recognition of all our members, volunteers, brigades, groups and staff who over the last year have ensured all our community facing services and response has been maintained. Amidst a global pandemic, you have continued to deliver essential services to our communities without interruption, and often at times despite the significant distraction of lockdowns, restrictions and curfews.”

Adam highlighted that response has been maintained, community education activities and programs have been adapted, fire season preparedness and preventive works have been delivered without fuss or complaint goes to the heart and soul of the volunteer and CFA ethos and spirit of serving our communities and standing by them through thick and thin no matter what it takes.

Thank-you and well done on an incredible achievement.

About VFBV: VFBV is established under the Country Fire Authority Act and is the peak body for CFA Volunteers in Victoria. VFBV works tirelessly to represent, advocate and support CFA volunteers to the CFA Board and management, governments, ministers, members of parliament, councils, instrumentalities, business and the public. Our vision is for Strong Volunteerism, Embraced to Build Community Resilience for a Safer Victoria.
This article is part of our National Volunteer Week Showcase - celebrating CFA Volunteers


Want to read more about CFA volunteers? 

VFBV regularly publish stories about CFA volunteers, check out these recent ones from our website. 

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CFA Volunteers are the unpaid professionals of our Emergency Services. VFBV is their united voice, and speaks on behalf of Victoria's 60,000 CFA Volunteers.