Hawthorn Football Club will host the inaugural Emergency Services Match when it faces Collingwood Football Club this Friday night. 

The two clubs will face off at the MCG in Round 16 in recognition and celebration of the work of emergency services workers from across the state.  

Partnering with Emergency Management Victoria, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Country Fire Authority, Life Saving Victoria, Forest Fire Management, Victorian State Emergency Service and ESTA (Triple 000), the Emergency Services Match will use the power of football to shine a light on the men and women who do extraordinary things, risking their lives every day to protect and support our communities.

The Emergency Services Foundation (External link) is driving that collective effort to develop a best practice approach to care for Victoria’s emergency services personnel because we rely on those people to be mentally well to effectively support the community.

Funds raised from this match will be used to develop and expand mental health and wellbeing programs to benefit paid and volunteer workers and their families right across the sector.

Fans are encouraged to be in their seats at 7.15pm to witness a special pre-game ceremony.

BankVic Emergency Services Interactive Fan Zone

The BankVic Emergency Services Interactive Fan Zone will start at 4.30pm in Yarra Park.

There will be 15 Emergency Services vehicles at the fan zone, including Forest Fire Management unimogs, Victoria Police horses, MFB marine boat and a Life Saving jet ski.

Giveaways will include Emergency Services Foundation Bears, Hawthorn and Collingwood MFB/CFA fan flyers and TAC donuts.