Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Hon Rob Johnson JP MLA

Former Minister for Police; Road Safety

    SES volunteers to paint the town orange

    9/11/2011 12:00 AM
    • Perth celebrities abseil the Bell Tower in Perth
    • SES volunteers thanked for their efforts this week

    Perth’s landmark Bell Tower will play host to a towering test to showcase the skill of our State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers for the launch of Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW).


    Emergency Services Minister Rob Johnson said WOW day, which was part of National SES Week from November 7-13, was a great opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous work of Western Australia’s SES volunteers.


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


    “Over the past year, they have faced the devastating floods in Carnarvon; widespread flooding in the Kimberley and Goldfields; and destructive thunderstorms in Perth, Northam and York.


    “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, even helping in Queensland after it was hit by Cyclone Yasi.”


    The Minister said the State Government was committed to supporting SES volunteers and thanked them for the essential role they played in the State’s overall emergency response.


    “The dedication of almost 2,000 SES volunteers makes our emergency services as strong as they are today, and provides the WA community with a much valued and vital service,” he said.


    “Their skills are put to the test on a daily basis and it is great to see other West Australians get on board and be put through their paces to celebrate National SES Week.”  


    Local celebrities will brave a 20m abseil down the Bell Tower today to get a taste of what SES volunteers are trained to do for the second annual Celebrity Abseil Challenge.


    A series of events will also be held in metropolitan and regional areas throughout the week, concluding with the SES Awards ceremony this Saturday night.


          Fact File

    • There are 65 SES units throughout WA, stretching right across the State, from Kununurra in the far north to Albany in the south
    • SES volunteers responded to more than 560 incidents in the past year

    Minister’s office - 9222 9211