Bellarine Electorate Integrated Brigades

I was pleased to spend time with the volunteers and career staff at the Ocean Grove integrated brigade and also the Corio, Belmont and Geelong brigades. We have seen a 78 per cent increase in responses and call-outs from our integrated brigades in the last 10 years. Rohan Luke, the deputy chief fire officer, and I provided detailed information on the proposal to build a stronger volunteer firefighting Country Fire Authority and Fire Rescue Victoria. It was very well received. It was a very positive reception, and they are keen to work with us to deliver this important reform and especially presumptive rights legislation.