People in WA are encouraged to say thank you to the State’s 30,000 emergency services volunteers on ‘Thank a Volunteer Day’, this Saturday 5 December 2009.
FESA Chief Executive Officer Jo Harrison-Ward said the day, also known as International Volunteer Day, is the perfect opportunity for people to show their appreciation for FESA’s emergency service volunteers, who keep their local communities safe.
“Western Australians are lucky to be able to rely on our emergency service volunteers for help and reassurance when tragedy strikes,” Ms Harrison-Ward said.
“Our volunteers makes themselves available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to emergencies, often sacrificing family time, work and sleep to help those in need.”
Mr Harrison-Ward said FESA currently supports almost 30,000 volunteers through the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Bush Fire Brigade, State Emergency Service, Volunteer Marine Rescue Services, Volunteer Emergency Service, Volunteer Fire Service and Emergency Services Cadets.
“Last financial year emergency service personnel responded to more than 6900 bushfires, four cyclones, 28 floods, 140 storms, 14 cliff rescues, 51 road crash rescues, 93 land and air searches and 843 marine search and rescue incidents,” she said.
“Their dedication and commitment to serving their local community is to be commended and I urge you all to be generous with your thanks.
“I would also like to acknowledge the many families, friends and employers of emergency service volunteers who stand behind our local heroes and provide them with support and comfort.
“Their flexibility and understanding greatly helps our volunteers to provide an excellent service to their local community.
“Without your combined efforts, emergency services in Western Australia would not be as strong as they are today.”
Anyone interested in becoming an emergency service volunteer can call the Volunteer Recruitment Information Line on 1800 628 141.