Victoria

Wear orange to show support for SES volunteers

Victorians are wearing orange to show their support for the dedicated women and men who volunteer with the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES).

Victorian Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino said Wear Orange Wednesday was the perfect opportunity to say thank you to the VICSES volunteer members, who selflessly don their orange overalls and respond to emergencies such as floods, storms and road rescues.

Major Melbourne landmarks such as the MCG, Bolte Bridge, AAMI Park and the Melbourne Star are being lit orange to mark the occasion, with events scheduled across the state.

VICSES volunteers responded to more than 31,000 requests for assistance in 2017, amounting to a total of 302,623 operational hours.

VICSES has been operating since 1950, with 149 units located across six regions.

The Victorian Government is committed to providing VICSES volunteers with the facilities, equipment and training they need to continue keeping communities safe.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 provided $7.8 million for VICSES, with Cobram SES and Wonthaggi SES receiving funding for new unit headquarters, and Essendon SES receiving $1.2 million for a major upgrade to its headquarters.

The Budget also funds a $10 million state-wide volunteer support package, providing training and development grants for volunteers in the state’s emergency-service organisations.

Wear Orange Wednesday is being held during National Volunteer Week.

To share a message of thanks with VICSES volunteers on Facebook or Twitter, use the hashtags #thankyouSES and #WOWday.

Source: Vic Government