Member’s statement: First responders and Greg Dean

MR FREGON (Mount Waverley) (10:05): I rise to recognise and acknowledge the incredible work being done in the community by our first responders, our SES and their volunteers following our recent once-in-a-century severe weather event here in Victoria. The storms and flooding from 9 June resulted in the SES’s busiest 24-hour period on record, and there have been more than 9200 requests for assistance from 9 June until yesterday. It was a sleepless night for many of our amazing Monash unit volunteers, who dealt with close to 40 requests for assistance in a matter of hours. Early last year I joined the Premier and the member for Oakleigh at the Monash SES to meet with unit commander George Haitidis and his fantastic crew. They come from all walks of life, bringing with them many different skills, interests and backgrounds. However, they are united by a purpose of volunteering their time and skills to support our community. I, and I am sure my colleagues would agree, cannot thank them enough for their continued efforts and dedication to our districts.