Multi-Faith Blessing for Emergency Services

Local councils, firefighters and emergency service personnel came together for the 26e Annual Blessing of the Fleet on Saturday, October 8.

The event, held outside Whittlesea Town Civic Center in South Morang, brought together representatives of many diverse denominations in the municipality to offer a blessing ahead of this year’s summer season.

Town of Whittlesea CEO Craig Lloyd said the event was an opportunity to come together to thank emergency service personnel, both volunteer and professional, who work incredibly hard and at great risk staff for the community.

“The Fleet Blessing Service is dedicated to the remarkable individuals and teams of our emergency services and signals the start of preparation for the upcoming fire season,” Mr Lloyd said.

“It is wonderful to come together with the leaders of our multi-faith congregations to pray for the protection and safe passage of emergency service crews and volunteers, and for the vehicles and equipment that allow them to carry out their salvage and property salvage work.”

Emergency personnel from Country Fire Authority, Fire Rescue Victoria, Forest Fire Management Victoria, Victoria Police, State Emergency Services, Ambulance Victoria and Parks Victoria, as well as operational staff from Whittlesea, Mitchell and Murrindindi Councils, were pictured on the day , with religious leaders from the Buddhist, Sikh, Islamic, Greek Orthodox and Christian communities.

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