More than 1900 FESA State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers will join in with National SES Week celebrations taking place around Australia between 7-14 November 2010.
FESA Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward said everyone could join in the celebrations on Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) on 10 November.
“On the day SES volunteers and local celebrities will abseil six storeys down Perth’s iconic Bell Tower, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary in December,” Ms Harrison-Ward said.
“I encourage everyone to come down to the event between 7am and 10am to see SES volunteers and local celebrities in action.
“It will be a fantastic display and our thanks go to The Bell Tower for providing the structure for our SES volunteers and brave celebrities to abseil.
“People can also support SES volunteers on WOW Day by wearing an item of orange clothing or orange accessory such as a ribbon, tie or scarf.
“It’s a simple way to show your appreciation for a remarkable group of people.”
Ms Harrison-Ward said over the past twelve months SES volunteers responded to more than 680 incidents and helped Western Australian’s through some of the worst natural disasters in the State’s history.
“SES volunteers worked tirelessly to help communities affected by a category five cyclone in the North West, the destructive March hailstorm, a significant earthquake in Kalgoorlie Boulder and assisted during the devastating Toodyay bushfire,” she said.
“WOW Day gives the community an opportunity to say thank you to their local SES volunteers for their hard work and dedication to make their local communities safer.
“People can show their appreciation for SES volunteers by signing a giant ‘Thank You’ card which will be available at the Bell Tower near the abseil demonstration.
You can also a send a personal message of support by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“National SES Week culminates with the 2010 SES Awards, which honour of the State’s finest volunteers.
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 Hotline on: 1800 628 141.