Emer­gency ser­vices high­lighted at expo

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Plan­ning for an an­nual Western Vic­to­rian Ca­reers Expo at Lon­gerenong is well un­der­way in prepa­ra­tion for an­other big event in June.

Expo project of­fi­cer An­nie Min­tern said there had been a ter­rific re­sponse from ex­hibitors and at­ten­dees plan­ning to be part of the June 26 event, which this year has an emer­gency ser­vices theme.

“The Western Vic­to­rian Ca­reers Expo aims to bring to­gether in one place, a broad range of ex­hibitors, of­fer­ing the 2000-plus at­ten­dees an op­por­tu­nity to gather in­for­ma­tion about many pos­si­ble ca­reer op­tions,” she said.

Ms Min­tern said this year’s expo in­cluded a site lay­out that ac­com­mo­dated a new emer­gency ser­vices hub.

“We have changed things up a bit this year and have made a few changes to the lay­out of the site to in­cor­po­rate an un­der­cover area for emer­gency ve­hi­cles from Aus­tralian De­fence Force, Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria, Vic­to­ria Po­lice, Coun­try Fire Author­ity, State Emer­gency Ser­vice, Parks Vic­to­ria and For­est Fire Man­age­ment,” she said.

Expo chair­man An­drew Vague said the com­mit­tee had also se­cured a spe­cial guest in for­mer com­mando Damien Thom­lin­son, to pro­mote the emer­gency ser­vices theme.

“We are very ex­cited to have Damien as our spe­cial guest this year. He has an amaz­ing story to tell about be­ing in the armed forces, fol­lowed by sev­eral ca­reer changes due to an hor­rific ac­ci­dent,” he said.

Mr Thom­lin­son is a vet­eran of the war in Afghanistan and for­mer mem­ber of the elite 2nd Com­mando Reg­i­ment.

Sim­i­lar to many of his com­rades in the armed forces, Mr Thom­lin­son qual­i­fies as a war hero, but it is his achieve­ments since leav­ing the forces that have in­spired peo­ple around the world.

Since re­turn­ing to Aus­tralia he has be­come an ac­claimed ac­tor, as­pir­ing par­a­lympian, au­thor and key­note speaker.

Mr Thom­lin­son’s story of los­ing his legs in Afghanistan, then go­ing on to ap­pear in a film di­rected by Mel Gib­son, and train­ing for the win­ter Par­a­lympics, is set to pro­vide an in­spi­ra­tion for expo at­ten­dees.

Mr Vague said it was not too late to ap­ply for a site, how­ever, with an in­flux of new ex­hibitors this year, ad­vised that peo­ple should con­tact the com­mit­tee as soon as pos­si­ble.

Peo­ple seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply for a site can visit web­site, www.wim­mer­aca­reer­expo.com.

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