Today orange says thank you to SES

By Riverine Herald

ECHUCA SES responded to 91 requests for help in the past year.

And today you have the chance to thank its 15 volunteer members.

It is part of Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW) Day, a national day of thanks for the many VICSES volunteers who support their local communities during flood, storm, landslide, road rescue, search and rescue.

Echuca SES unit controller Ian Marriott said the national campaign was an important day of appreciation for our volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time and skills to helping their communities during their times of greatest need.

‘‘The people you see out there in all weather in orange are volunteers. They do not get paid in any way and they give their time freely to help people in their communities when things get tough,’’ he said.

‘‘Often the call comes in the middle of the night or during the worst weather possible but you will find they are there doing their best to fix the problems.’’

However, Mr Marriott said it was not just the SES volunteers who did their bit.

‘‘Partners and families have to put their activities on hold at times because the member has to go out on callout so their support, whilst mostly unseen and not noticed, is overlooked,’’ he said.

‘‘Often the job may not have a positive outcome and this can and does affect the guys and it can impact on their families as well.

‘‘WOW Day may be specific to SES volunteers, but it is a good opportunity to remember volunteers from the other emergency service organisations who give their time in support of their communities.’’

VICSES chief officer operations Tim Wiebusch encouraged people to wear orange on Wednesday at your workplace, school or wherever you may be.

To share a message of thanks on Facebook or Twitter, use the hashtag #thankyouSES and #WOWday.