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Wear Orange Wednesday a way to show community’s appreciation of 2000 State Emergency Service volunteers

Anjelica SmilovitisManjimup-Bridgetown Times
SES Volunteers from the Lower South West helped with the response to the Bunbury tornado earlier this month.
Camera IconSES Volunteers from the Lower South West helped with the response to the Bunbury tornado earlier this month. Credit: Supplied

The Lower South West community is being encouraged to show their appreciation of State Emergency Service volunteers in the region and across the State.

May 22 is Wear Orange Wednesday, a meaningful way for the public to highlight its support of the 2000 selfless volunteers who help keep the WA community safe.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is also encouraging the community to share a word of thanks on social media and to look out for landmarks in the region lighting up orange to mark the occasion.

DFES statistics show SES volunteers have collectively devoted 32,000 hours to respond to incidences across WA over the past year alone.

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In addition to bravely helping during times of crisis and disaster, the dedicated crews selflessly offer their time to attend regular meetings and training sessions in preparation for emergency situations.

SES volunteers continuously stay up to date with the latest training and protocols in their unwavering commitment to serve the community.

It has been a busy month for the region’s crews, with several Lower South West volunteers working around the clock to respond to the tornado which hit Bunbury on May 10.

Established in 1959, the SES has grown to 64 units and 430 response vehicles across the State.

Wear Orange Wednesday coincides with this year’s National Volunteer Week, celebrating community members across the country giving back to the areas where they live.

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