Nearly 2,000 FESA State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers will be acknowledged during National SES Week with celebrations taking place around the country between 7-13 November 2011.
A series of events are being held across WA, in both metropolitan and regional areas, to recognise the tireless efforts and dedication of SES volunteers from all corners of the State who give up their time to serve the community.
FESA Acting Chief Operations Officer Lloyd Bailey said everyone could join in the celebrations with Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) on 9 November.
“To mark WOW Day, SES volunteers will accompany a dozen media personalities and sportspeople, along with myself, six storeys down Perth’s iconic Bell Tower as part of the celebrity abseil challenge,” Mr Bailey said.
“I encourage everyone to come down to the event in the heart of the city between 7am and 9am to see SES volunteers and local celebrities in action.
“People can also show their support for 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 people can show their appreciation for a remarkable group of people,” he said.
Over the past twelve months, SES volunteers have responded to 560 incidents, including devastating floods, destructive storms and the State’s worst bushfires.
This year will once again be a busy year for SES volunteers, with a challenging bushfire season expected for the south of the State, and cyclones a certainty in the north west of WA.
SES volunteers are able to respond to emergencies because they dedicate a considerable amount of their own time to training and preparation.
Some of the main activities during National SES Week include the travelling roadshow through the south west with “MooSES” the cow, a hot air balloon ride over the Avon Valley with local volunteers and the celebrity abseil challenge at The Perth Bell Tower.
A number of city landmarks will also be glowing orange for the majority of the week, with The Bell Tower, Council House and Trafalgar Bridge near the Old Swan Brewery all lighting up in support.
“National SES Week gives the people of WA an opportunity to thank their local SES volunteers for the hard work and dedication they put in 24 hours, seven days a week to make communities safer,” Mr Bailey said.
“I hope the public can join us in extending our gratitude to all the men and women who pull on their orange overalls in times of need.”
National SES Week culminates with the 2011 SES Awards Ceremony on Saturday 12 November to honour the State’s finest volunteers.
For more information about National SES Week or WOW Day visit www.fesa.wa.gov.au.
Some of the National SES Week activities for WA include:
• The Bell Tower Celebrity Abseil Challenge
Wednesday 9 November 7am – 9.30am
The Bell Tower - Barrack Square, Riverside Drive, Perth
Media personalities, sportspeople and FESA Acting Chief Operations Officer abseil 20 metres down The Bell Tower
• City landmarks lighting up orange
Monday 7 – Friday 11 November The Bell Tower will be illuminated orange
Wednesday 9 November Council House and the Trafalgar Bridge (near the Old Swan Brewery) will be lit up from 6.30pm
• Travelling south west roadshow with “MooSES” the cow
Monday 7 November 9am – 5pm
Margaret River, Busselton and Bunbury
SES volunteers will be taking “MooSES” the cow on a roadshow through the south west where they will be stopping at various units for interview and picture opportunities to promote National SES Week.
• Avon Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride
Tuesday 8 November 4am
Two SES volunteers from the Northam District unit will be taking part in a hot air balloon ride over the Avon Valley. The volunteers will be wearing their orange overalls and the balloon basket with be displaying SES signage.
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