It has been a busy 12 months for Yass NSW SES volunteers who have responded to 123 local requests for assistance, as well as numerous out-of-area deployments to help the community during storms, floods and other emergencies.
On Wednesday, May 10, residents along with the SES members wore and painted the town orange – the official colour of the SES uniform – to recognise this contribution as part of Wear Orange Work (WOW) Day.
With the help of principal partner NRMA Insurance, WOW Day recognises the 40,000 SES volunteers across Australia who are always helping their communities in times of need.
Yass SES Unit Controller Kurt Bailey said WOW Day was a fun and creative way for people to show their support for local volunteers.
“This day of recognition is timely given the contribution many of our volunteers have recently made in the wake of the devastating floods in northern NSW as well as other emergencies that have affected the local community,” he said.
The NSW SES has around 9,000 volunteers across the state who come from all walks of life.
Volunteers range in age from 16–80 years old and are involved in activities as diverse as flood rescue, tarping roofs, clearing fallen trees, community education, logistics and planning, communications, and much more.
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