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146,000 reasons to say thanks

Published 07/11/2012

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers put in more than 146,000 hours across Victoria last year.

During National SES Week, we’re asking Victorians to say thank you to the 5,500 volunteers who give up their time across the state to work tirelessly to keep their communities safe during flood, storm and road accident emergencies. When they’re not running out the door in the middle of the night to help someone in need, volunteers devote time to keeping Victorians prepared and resilient, assisting other emergency services in the field and keeping their world-class skills sharp.

In the 2011/12 financial year, Victoria SES volunteers responded to more than 28,000 emergency calls. Of the more than 146,000 hours worked, 77,455 were spent responding to storm damage and 25,994 to flooding.

SES volunteers have had a busy year. Many helped out in March’s North East floods and gave up celebrating Christmas with their families when a hailstorm struck Melbourne in 2011.

National SES Week is being celebrated from Monday 12 November to Sunday 18 November and is an opportunity for Victorians to thank these dedicated volunteers.

There are a number of ways to say thanks during National SES Week:

Wear Orange Wednesday

Stand in solidarity with SES volunteers by wearing orange on Wednesday 14 November. Send us a picture of your orange outfit for the chance to win some great prizes, on offer to the best dressed individual, workplace and school.

Convoy of Thanks

An SES Forward Command Vehicle will traverse the state over the week, inviting everyone to write their statement of appreciation on the side. The vehicle itself is worth a look as it is a brand new model for SES, featuring the latest in communication technology.

Post your thanks online

Victoria SES Chief Executive Officer Mary Barry said no matter how you say thanks, volunteers will appreciate the effort.

"We know our volunteers are highly valued for the vital work they do, so now is the time to have that message heard loudly across the state," she said.

"I hope everyone will take this opportunity to get involved."

For more information on National SES Week, Wear Orange Wednesday and the Convoy of Thanks’ itinerary, visit our National SES Week 2012 page.

If you can’t meet the convoy, visit the SES website and post your thanks for volunteers to see.

For more on Victoria SES, visit www.facebook.com/vicses, www.twitter.com/vicsesnews and www.youtube.com/vicsestv.