Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

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

    Colourful tribute to our SES volunteers

    10/05/2016 12:00 PM
    • National day of recognition of State Emergency Service (SES)
    • Community urged to wear orange as a symbol of support 

    The community is encouraged to wear a splash of orange tomorrow (May 11) to show their support for the SES on national Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day). 


    Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said WOW Day was an opportunity for people to honour the hard work and dedication of emergency service volunteers.


    "Western Australia is fortunate to have more than 2,000 SES volunteers who give up their time to help keep the community safe during emergencies," Mr Francis said.


    "SES volunteers are on standby around the clock to respond to emergencies including storms, floods, and search and rescue missions.


    "As winter approaches, we will start seeing storms that can cause major damage.  The community can be confident the SES will be there when there's a call for help."


    As part of WOW Day, a simulated search and rescue exercise will be held at Murdoch University involving the mounted section, all-terrain utilities and a zip line rescue highlighting the skills of the SES.


    Well-known locations throughout the State, including Elizabeth Quay and Council House, will be lit up in orange in a show of support for SES volunteers.


    WOW Day falls within National Volunteer Week, which acknowledges the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers.


    "Volunteering is a meaningful way to give back to your community, learn new skills and meet people - the fire and emergency services are a great place to start," the Minister said.


    For more information about WOW Day, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/wowday  


    Fact File

    • The SES attended more than 630 incidents in WA in 2015, contributing more than 41,000 hours
    • There are 67 SES units located across Western Australia
    • For more information, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 6500