The Western Australian community will once again have the opportunity to show their support for their local State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers on Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW) on 23 May 2018.
More than 2,000 SES volunteers across WA don the orange overalls to conduct emergency repairs to buildings after severe weather, participate in land searches and rescues, attend road crashes, and assist other emergency services when required.
Since WOW Day last year the men and women in orange have given more than 11,500 hours at more than 580 incidents and committed many more to training.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM praised the efforts of all SES volunteers and urged the community to get behind WOW Day.
“We rely on the bravery of our SES volunteers during harrowing times and it is quite a comfort to see a crew of orange on the roof repairing damage from a storm, setting off to search for a missing person, or at major incident providing logistical support,” Commissioner Klemm said.
“The countless hours spent at incidents are just a fraction of their commitment to the community with training and running their units also being a vital part of their SES duties.
“I personally want to thank every one of our SES volunteers for their devotion to the safety of the community, and I’d like to see Western Australians supporting their SES heroes and wearing orange on Wednesday 23 May.”
Iconic locations in Perth will be lit up with orange on the day including the Bell Tower, Parliament House, Yagan Square and Perth Concert Hall. The Eliza statue on the Swan River will also be decked out in SES orange to celebrate the day.
Visit the Wear Orange Wednesday website for more information.