Queenslanders are being asked to “go orange” in support of the State Emergency Service (SES) on Wear Orange to Work Day this Wednesday, 14 November.
The distinctive orange SES uniform is worn by every-day Queenslanders who donate thousands of hours away from their precious work and family time to help their communities.
Wear Orange to Work Day is part of annual National SES Week celebrations and an opportunity for Queenslanders to recognise the dedication and commitment of SES volunteers.
Minister for Police and Community Safety Jack Dempsey said the orange SES uniform had come to symbolise a dedication to community and the strength of volunteerism in Queensland.
“This is a great time for Queenslanders to thank our SES volunteers for their continued dedication to keeping our community safe,” Mr Dempsey said.
“SES volunteers give all year round and are always there to help at a moments notice, without pay, and solely for the good of the community.
“SES volunteers contributed more than 60,000 hours last financial year to helping fellow Queenslanders in need.
“They came to the aid of people on theSunshineCoastand in Miles, St George, Roma and Charleville when flooding impacted their communities earlier in the year.
“SES volunteers were also on hand to help out Townsville residents and more recently, the Gayndah community, after severe weather hit their homes.”
Mr Dempsey said SES volunteers also operated outside of disaster events.
“Whether it’s searching for a missing bushwalker, rescuing someone stranded on the side of a cliff, or assisting at a road crash, SES volunteers are always there,” he said.
“Last year, 520 volunteers from 53 groups dedicated 12,792 man hours to the forensic search of Daniel Morcombe’s remains. This eventuated to be the longest running search carried out inAustralia.
“Their dedication is nothing short of exceptional and I encourage all Queenslanders to make something orange part of their outfit when getting dressed for work on Wednesday.”
Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Assistant Director-General Bruce Grady said by wearing something orange to work, the public would be supporting around 5,700 SES volunteers across Queensland.
“It’s also a wonderful chance for our volunteers to wear their Queensland SES uniforms to work to share their experience of serving the community with their colleagues,” Mr Grady said.
“At some time in their life most of the population will require the SES and some may even owe their lives to the actions of SES volunteers.
“SES volunteers do not often ask for recognition, but by seeing their fellow Queenslanders wear something orange on Wednesday, they will know that we appreciate what they do and the time, energy and sleep they sacrifice to keep us safe.
“Wednesday is our turn to be there for them.”
Businesses are encouraged to have their own Wear Orange to Work Day celebrations by hosting a morning tea. The public can also show their appreciation by thanking the SES on the facebook page at www.facebook.com/QldSES.