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Wear Orange Wednesday to commemorate SES volunteers

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, is Wear Orange Wednesday, WOW, a national day of thanks dedicated to State Emergency Service, SES, volunteers.

Held annually during National Volunteer Week, WOW Day encourages people to thank and acknowledge SES volunteers, for the invaluable contribution and commitment they make to local communities.

VICSES volunteers responded to 13,700 requests for assistance in October last year – VICSES’ busiest calendar month on record.

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As part of a statewide response, about 372 emergency warnings were issued and there were more than 900 flood rescues by VICSES crews.

In the past 12 months, VICSES volunteers have responded to more than 35,000 requests for assistance.

While SES volunteers are well known for their response during flood and storm emergencies, VICSES volunteers also respond to an average of between 900 and 1000 ‘assist police’ jobs every year.

The police jobs include helping search for missing people, searching for evidence at crime scenes as well as scene preservation and assistance with lighting towers and marquees.

VICSES volunteers also responded to on average about 1300 road crash rescues each year.

To help celebrate WOW Day 2023 and to thank volunteers for their hard work, Victorian landmarks will be ‘flooded’ in orange, including metropolitan locations like the Melbourne Town Hall; AAMI Park; and the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre.

Across the Mitchell Shire, township entrance signs will feature special signs acknowledging the SES.

To see what landmarks are lighting up in your area, visit,

The public can share a message of thanks to SES volunteers this WOW Day by posting on Facebook or Twitter and using the hashtag #ThankYouSES.


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