A host of local celebrities and sporting stars will abseil down Perth’s Bell Tower this morning to celebrate the exceptional efforts of emergency service volunteers throughout Western Australia.
Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson said the event, organised as part of Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW), recognised the dedication and determination of WA’s 1,900 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers.
Mr Johnson said SES volunteers played a vital role in the community in times of crisis, often leaving their homes, jobs and loved ones to help other people during emergencies.
“Abseiling down an 88m structure such as the Bell Tower may seem daunting to some people, but it is reflective of the type of tasks our SES volunteers are called to do when disaster strikes,” he said.
“During the past 12 months, our SES volunteers have attended more than 680 incidents and faced some incredible challenges, including Perth’s worst storm in 16 years.
“They made themselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and travelled from every corner of the State to help those in need.
“It’s this level of dedication that makes emergency services in WA as strong as they are today and provides the community with a much valued and vital service.”
Today’s event coincides with the launch of a national television advertising campaign to educate children and their families about natural hazards.
The 3D animation series follows the adventures of the Lil’ Larikkins gang, including SES characters Trev and his dog Bob, as they learn about storms, cyclones, floods and tsunamis.
WOW day is part of National SES week celebrations held from November 7 to14, culminating with the SES awards ceremony to recognise the State’s finest volunteers.
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