Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) celebrates the crucial work that the NSW SES volunteers perform.
The NSW SES has over 9000 volunteers who give up their time to train for and respond to emergencies and natural disasters – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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.
SES volunteers are the lifeblood of communities across NSW, and last year responded to over 27,000 requests for assistance including 650 flood rescues.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant thanked SES volunteers for their tireless work preparing and helping the community when storms and other emergencies strike.
“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.
“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.”