NSW SES volunteers have spent around 400,000 hours helping their communities in times of storms, floods and other emergencies, and Strathfield residents are being encouraged to wear orange to recognise this massive effort.
With the help of NRMA Insurance, the NSW SES celebrated ‘Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) on 13 November where schools, businesses, buildings and landmarks went orange to support SES volunteers across Australia.
Strathfield SES volunteers and supporters wore orange for WOW Day across a variety of workplaces, including at the New South Wales Parliament.
During storms, floods, rescues, and other natural disasters, the volunteers of the NSW SES are always there to come to the aid of the community in the worst of conditions.
WOW Day is a day of recognition and appreciation of the 40,000 SES volunteers across the country. It focuses on encouraging the community to express their gratitude to SES volunteers in a highly visible way -by wearing the colour orange.
Strathfield SES Local Controller Darrin Parkin said, “WOW Day is an opportune time to show support for local volunteers.”
“This is a day when the constant and dedicated work NSW SES volunteers do for the community, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, is recognised in a public way,” Parkin said. “Seeing people wearing orange and decorating their workplaces and communities is a great way to support our volunteers who are in the NSW SES purely to help out someone when times are tough,” he added.
“Underneath their orange helmet in a howling storm you’ll always find a smile and good cheer,” he said.
NRMA Insurance Community and Alliances Manager, Megan Lupton said NSW SES volunteers are invaluable in helping NSW recover from severe weather.
“We have seen close up the devastation severe weather can bring. This year, NRMA Insurance worked alongside the NSW SES to help communities get back on their feet. We are proud to work with the NSW SES and wish to say a huge thank you to the volunteers for their role in our communities,” said Ms Lupton.
Last year, NSW SES volunteers contributed 397,438 hours to help the people of NSW. Not only did they assist people during storms and floods, but attended to 717 road crashes, provided support to NSW Police Force on 338 missing persons searches and responded to 423 tasks for remote and rural medical assistance through the NSW SES Community First Responder Units.
The NSW SES has 10,000 volunteers across the state that come from all walks of life. Volunteers range in age from 16 up to 80 and are involved in activities as diverse as flood rescue, tarping roofs, clearing fallen trees, community education, operational logistics and planning, communications, and much more.