Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    Wearing orange to thank our SES volunteers

    17/11/2015 11:05 AM
    • Community urged to join in Wear Orange Wednesday
    • Special day to honour volunteers with our State Emergency Service 

    People across the State are being urged to turn up for work tomorrow in bright orange in support of the State Emergency Service (SES).


    Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the annual Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) was an opportunity to thank the hundreds of SES volunteers who help keep our communities safe.


    "I encourage West Australians to get into the spirit of the occasion.  It's a way of recognising the enormous contribution our SES volunteers make," Mr Francis said.


    "Volunteering is highly rewarding, but it often means missing important family time, such as weekend sport, children's birthdays and school concerts, to respond to emergencies and attend training.


    "Volunteers are plumbers, vets, office workers, small business owners, stay-at-home parents and students - all giving up their own time to respond to life threatening emergencies.


    "Wearing something orange - the colour of the SES uniform - is a simple way to say thank you to our SES volunteers and their families for putting the needs of others before their own."


    In the past year, WA's SES volunteers have spent more than 6,700 hours involved in searches, 18,100 hours in storm and cyclone responses and 13,000 at other emergencies, mostly fire support.


    View the 2015 campaign video or find out more information on Wear Orange Wednesday at http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/wowday


    Fact File

    • WA has 2,035 SES volunteers in 66 units, both male and female across all age groups
    • The youngest SES volunteer is 16; the oldest is 89
    • The busiest units in WA, by number of incidents responded to, are Wanneroo-Joondalup SES, Gosnells SES and Cockburn SES
    • There are numerous roles in the volunteer SES, from communications to logistics, administration, and search and rescue 

    Minister's office - 6552 6500