- National Volunteer Week starts today
- Recognises the tremendous efforts of volunteers throughout the State and nation
- Ninety-nine per cent of emergency services personnel in the regions are volunteers
Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan has expressed his gratitude and support for emergency services volunteers and the vital role they play in keeping our communities safe.
This week is National Volunteer Week, which highlights the achievements and contribution of all volunteers.
Across Western Australia's regional areas, emergency services volunteers make up 99 per cent of the personnel who can be called upon at any time in an emergency.
Town-based fire and rescue services in places such as Margaret River, Esperance, Karratha and Kununurra are all staffed by volunteers who have other commitments such as full-time work, but rush to help in the event of a fire or car crash.
Our marine rescue services often brave treacherous conditions to save people from the oceans or, as we saw recently in Albany, have the grim task of retrieving those that could not be saved.
State Emergency Services personnel are called to all manner of emergency situations from rescuing people lost in the bush to assisting communities during wild storms and cyclones.
Fire and Emergency Services crews combine SES and firefighting skills, and many small communities depend on them.
Bushfire volunteers, who are integral parts of their local governments, have kept communities safe for decades often by many generations of the same family.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
"We would be lost without our emergency services volunteers.
"I have travelled throughout our great State, meeting hundreds and hundreds of volunteers to thank them for their service.
"They are extraordinary people who can see the job that needs doing, and they have the commitment and dedication to make it happen.
"I would like to again thank all of our emergency services volunteers for the tremendous contribution they make in keeping our communities safe from harm."
Minister's office - 6552 6300