Wear orange on Wednesday to thank SES

  • Western Australian community encouraged to don orange in recognition of State Emergency Service
  • SES volunteers generously give their time to keep Western Australians safe
  • Another way to celebrate National Volunteering Week 2022 #BetterTogether
  • Perth landmarks will be lit up orange tomorrow to recognise the significant contribution of State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and the State Government is asking the public to show their support.

    Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) is an annual day of celebration for the SES and Western Australians are encouraged to wear orange in support of the State’s dedicated volunteers.

    Fraser Avenue in Kings Park, the Bell Tower and Matagarup Bridge are just some of the landmarks set to light up in Perth’s CBD, while a number of local governments will do the same throughout regional areas.

    SES volunteers work tirelessly to assist the community in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies throughout Western Australia.

    Highly skilled SES units respond to vertical rescues, storms, cyclones, floods, car crashes and land searches, and provide vital support during bushfires.

    Over the past year, volunteers have devoted more than 23,700 hours of service across 2,300 incidents. They assisted with the search for missing child Cleo Smith, helped communities respond to severe flooding in the Kimberley and deployed personnel to New South Wales to support exhausted local crews dealing with major flooding.

    As stated by Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson:

    “SES volunteers leave their homes, jobs and loved ones without hesitation to help other people when emergency or disaster strikes.

    “They make themselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and travel from every corner of the State to help those in need, and for all that we say thank you.

    “Recently SES volunteers were deployed to New South Wales after it was hit by flooding, which highlights their incredibly selfless and community-minded nature.

    “More than 2,100 SES volunteers provide the WA community with a valued and vital service, and I would encourage everyone to consider wearing something orange tomorrow to show their appreciation.”

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