Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant today joined in the chorus of support, thanking State Emergency Service (NSW SES) volunteers from across the State for their tireless work preparing and helping the community when storms and other emergencies strike. Across the nation, states are celebrating the crucial work our SES volunteers perform as people wear orange on Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day), as a signal of appreciation of their local NSW SES volunteers.

“In this National Volunteer Week, there is no better time to recognise the outstanding service of our SES volunteers,” Mr Grant said. “Our NSW SES volunteers play a vital role in helping communities prepare for and recover from emergencies and disasters such as floods and severe storms and it’s important they’re recognised for their outstanding work.

“Today, Wednesday 23 May, we can all show our recognition for their hard work and sacrifice by wearing something orange – the colour of our SES volunteers’ overalls – or by simply saying thank you to our local volunteers. “WOW Day is about celebrating the men and women who put the community ahead of themselves, and I encourage everyone to show their support for these hard working volunteers.”

The SES performs a number of vital roles during storms and emergencies, including tarping roofs in howling winds, rescuing people and animals from floods, attending serious road accidents, clearing fallen trees, coordinating community education programs, or searching for lost or missing people.

The NSW SES has over 9,000 volunteers who give up their time to train for and respond to emergencies and natural disasters – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are the lifeblood of communities across NSW and indeed Australia, and last year responded to over 27,000 requests for assistance including 650 flood rescues.