The Victorian Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards are designed to recognise our emergency service personnel whom have gone above and beyond their call of duty and reflected the Rotary motto of “Service above Self”.
RESCA is a community nominated Awards, therefore it is based on the reputation of the personnel from their local communities viewpoint.
NOMINATIONSRotary Districts of Victoria Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA) are asking the Victorian Community to help us recognise outstanding Community Service performed by paid and volunteer members of Victoria's Emergency Service Agencies through the Rotary Districts of Victoria Emergency Services Community Awards (RESCA)
Rotary is seeking paid and volunteer Emergency Service workers who are making a significant difference in their communities The Rotary Districts of Victoria Emergency Services Community Awards consist of Emergency Service Personnel stationed in Victoria, serving in either a paid capacity or Volunteer · Ambulance Victoria · St John Ambulance · Fire Rescue Victoria · Forest Fire Management · Life Saving Victoria · VCC Emergencies Ministry · Triple Zero Victoria · ES support agencies (ERV, EMV, and IGEM) · CFA · State Emergency Service · Victoria Police · Red Cross · Marine Search and Rescue Finalists – Up to 26 finalists from Emergency Service Agencies Two Major Winners:Rotary Victoria Emergency Service Officer of the Year Serving in a Volunteer capacityRotary Victoria Emergency Service Officer of the Year Serving in a Paid capacity
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The aim of the ESF scholarship program is to provide an opportunity for both paid staff and volunteer members of the Victorian Emergency Services to undertake a study tour that will lead to improvements in Victoria’s emergency management sector. It provides successful applicants with a valuable opportunity for self-enrichment and career advancement through the pursuit of knowledge and experience in an area they are passionate about.
ESF scholarships are not for completion of tertiary or other qualifications.
ESF has granted scholarships since 1988 to provide recipients with funds to cover the expense of travel to advance their knowledge and expertise. Scholarship recipients become ESF Alumni and are encouraged to maintain their association with the ESF and support its work.
Due to travel restrictions associated with COVID-19 pandemic no scholarships were awarded in 2020 or 2021.
In the past, topics of research have been varied. In line with ESFs new strategic direction, priority will be given to applications that address evidence and knowledge gaps in relation to mental health and wellbeing.
2024 ESF Scholarships supported by Rotary
The Emergency Services Foundation has entered a partnership with Rotary to support the longstanding ESF scholarship program.
This partnership with Rotary builds on strong collaboration between the two organisations at the local level, through Tony’s Trek early in 2024, and the new Rotary Emergency Services Community Awards. The partnership will help fund two additional scholarships in 2024.
This year's winners can be seen here
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Grant Hocking (Chair)
Lorraine Greenwood (Sec)
Kerrie Hicks (Treasurer)