Western Australia Supports SES Week 10-16 November 2014

Western Australia Supports SES Week 10-16 November 2014

Western Australia Minister for Emergency Services Joe Francis

Wear Orange To Recognise SES Volunteers

Victor P Taffa

  • Show support for nation’s 40,000 State Emergency Service volunteers
  • Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW) is part of SES Week (November 10-16)
  • More than 2,000 SES volunteers and 64 units in WA, from Derby to Albany

West Australians are encouraged to wear a splash of orange tomorrow to celebrate Wear Orange Wednesday and thank the nation’s 40,000 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.





Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said SES volunteers had contributed thousands of hours over the past year to help Western Australian householders in times of disaster.

For instance, the Karratha and Roebourne SES units donated 1,150 hours over six days to restore the city of Karratha and the towns of Wickham, Roebourne, Point Samson and Cossack after Cyclone Christine, which hit the Pilbara on New Year’s Eve in 2013.

More than 75 SES volunteers helped with the aerial search for missing Malaysian airlines flight MH370. They provided specialist expertise as air observers, spending 1,700 hours searching the Indian Ocean for the missing plane and receiving global media coverage for their efforts.

The Parkerville fires provided another major challenge earlier this year, with volunteers providing vital support to firefighters in extremely tough conditions to protect lives and homes.

Units are preparing to once again be the lead volunteer service for the wet season which brings cyclones and floods.

Mr. Francis said it was an opportunity to thank SES volunteers, who wear trademark orange overalls, for their dedication to helping others.

“The SES responds to cyclones, floods, storms and earthquakes as well as assisting WA Police with land rescues and searches, and working alongside firefighters during major bushfires.” Mr. Francis said.

“On behalf of all West Australians, I commend our SES volunteers for continuing to volunteer their time and putting the needs of others before their own.”

Fact File

  • The skills of the SES will be on show tomorrow in a simulated search, vertical rescue and flood boat exercise at Blackwall Reach in Bicton