South Australians encouraged to wear orange today to say thank you to SES

WOW Day is dedicated to recognising and thanking the 1,700 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers who serve communities across South Australia.

Today, South Australians are encouraged to wear orange to celebrate Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day). The national day is dedicated to recognising and thanking the 1,700 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers who serve communities across the state.

In a show of appreciation, iconic landmarks around the state will be illuminated in orange, including Adelaide Oval, Parliament House, and the National Wine Centre, as well as the Michael Herbert Bridge in Glenelg North, the Port Adelaide Lighthouse, and the Viterra silos in Port Lincoln.

Over the past year, SES volunteers from 67 units across SA have responded to more than 6,800 calls for assistance. Their efforts include rescuing people from mine shafts, road crashes, and floods, saving countless lives.

These volunteers have dedicated over 43,000 hours to training, with skills in storm response, swift water rescue, vertical rescue, and more. Their commitment also extends to building disaster resilience and conducting land search and dog rescue operations.

Beyond emergency response, SES volunteers play an important role in public education and community engagement. They are committed to creating safer, more resilient communities capable of withstanding extreme weather events like floods and storms.

On WOW Day, the community is invited to show their support by wearing something orange and sharing photos on social media with the hashtag #ThankYouSES.

There will also be an interactive SES display in Rundle Mall from midday, featuring different trucks and vehicles. It’s an opportunity for the community to thank the volunteers in person and learn more about their work.

“Volunteers work tirelessly to support their communities year-round across the state, from the city to the remote outback,” Minister for Emergency Services, Dan Cregan, said.
“Today and every day, thank you to our volunteers in orange who are ready to respond to a wide range of emergencies and help South Australians in need.”
“Wear Orange Wednesday is an ideal opportunity for people to show their appreciation for our amazing volunteers,” SA SES Chief Officer, Chris Beattie, said.
“I’m incredibly thankful for all the hard work our dedicated volunteers do to ensure the community is prepared and protected before, during and after emergencies.”

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