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Media Release

Hip hip hooray SES celebrates 50 years in WA!
Tuesday 3 November 2009 – 10:15 AM

More than 1800 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the service in Western Australia during National SES Week (7-15 November).

FESA Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward said everyone could join in the celebrations on Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) next week.

“Western Australians are lucky to be able to rely on SES volunteers, who have helped people in times of need 24 hours a day, seven days a week since 1959,” Ms Harrison-Ward said.  

“WOW Day on 11 November is a great opportunity for people to say thank you and show their appreciation for our SES volunteers who do such a fantastic job all year round.

“People can show their support for SES volunteers on WOW Day by wearing an item of orange clothing or hosting an orange themed morning tea.

Ms Harrison-Ward said SES volunteers had been there during the State’s biggest natural disasters and emergencies over the past 50 years including Cyclone Vance, Moora floods, Meckering earthquake and Dwellingup bushfire.

“Every year they are on the scene during major storms, cyclones and floods,” she said.

“They are also kept busy with search and rescue incidents and support firefighting efforts during the bushfire season.”

“Many things have changed over the past 50 years but the one thing that has remained the same is the dedication of our SES volunteers.

“They’ll be celebrating half a decade of service next week and I encourage all community groups, workplaces, schools and individuals to get involved.

“SES volunteers are generous with their time, be generous with your thanks.”

Ms Harrison-Ward also acknowledged the many families, friends and employers of SES volunteers.

“Without their backing and support volunteers would not be able to give up their time to help the community.”

For more information about SES Week or WOW day visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au.

Anyone interested in becoming an SES volunteer can call the Volunteer Recruitment Information Line on 1800 628 141.


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