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As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

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Firefighters Renelle Verkes and Billy Harris on site

Join our team of seasonal project firefighters! Recruiting now

Melbourne Water is recruiting 32 seasonal project firefighters in the Yarra Valley and Latrobe Valley to help protect communities and the environment for the upcoming bushfire season.  

Melbourne Water firefighters form part of Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic). They protect water catchments, which supply some of the highest quality drinking water in the world to Greater Melbourne, from bushfires.  

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Firefighters Renelle Verkes and Billy Harris

Renelle Verkes has been a firefighter for more than 30 years, including eight with Melbourne Water. The Operations Officer is extremely passionate about her role.   

“I find it incredibly rewarding, particularly being part of a close and professional team. You can sometimes work long shifts in hot and difficult conditions. It can be physically and mentally taxing, but you are in it together,” Renelle said.  

The seasonal project firefighter roles involve being on the frontline fighting bushfires, along with bushfire fuel reduction work and land management activities to reduce the risk of future bushfires. 

The six-month contracts begin in November and applicants need to live within 30 minutes of Healesville or Warburton or 45mins from the Thomson Dam.  

People who are community-minded and love the outdoors are encouraged to apply. Driver licence and medical and fitness assessments are required. Successful recruits will be fully trained and work alongside a range of fire management agencies right across the state.  

FFMVic is made up of skilled staff from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and VicForests. 

“If you would like to protect and preserve our catchments, are fit and healthy and would enjoy working with amazing people within Forest Fire Management Victoria, then apply,” Renelle said. 

“Who knows where this path of employment might take you. Have a go!” 

Applications close on Sunday July 31, 2022. More information here. To apply click here.  

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