Council Staff wear Orange to thank Emergency Services Volunteers

Council Staff wear Orange to thank Emergency Services Volunteers

Posted on: 22.05.2019

In support of our valued local State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers, Wollondilly Council’s Customer Service staff wore bright orange gear to work on Wednesday 22 May.

The ‘Wear Orange Wednesday’ initiative is designed to thank the 10,000 NSW SES volunteers who help keep their communities safe during floods, storms and other emergencies.

Residents, businesses and community groups are encouraged to put on the official colour of the SES, take a photo and share it on social media with the hashtags #THANKYOUSES and #WOWDAY.

Acting CEO Michael Malone said, “NSW SES volunteers spend around 400,000 hours helping their communities during emergencies and this is a great chance for us as a Council to express our gratitude.”

“This is a day when the dedicated work our volunteers do for the community, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is acknowledged in a very public way.”

“Seeing people wearing orange and decorating their workplaces and communities is a great way to let our volunteers know they are appreciated for all the times they have been there for the community,” he said.

Last year NSW SES volunteers responded to over 32 000 requests for assistance. Not only did they assist people during storms and floods, but they also responded to road crashes, provided support to NSW Police on missing person searches and delivered remote and rural medical assistance through the NSW SES Community First Responder Units.

Volunteers in NSW range in age from 16 up to 90 and are involved in activities as diverse as flood rescue, large animal rescue, tarping roofs, clearing fallen trees, community education, operational logistics and planning, communications, and much more.

To find out how to become a NSW SES volunteer go to https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/get-involved/volunteer/