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National SES Week 2011

Published 07/11/2011

National SES Week

The Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) alongside SES colleagues around Australia celebrated National SES Week from 7-13 November to recognise the incredible work of the combined 27,000 volunteers.

The theme this year was ‘Volunteering in all conditions’ with a focus on a year of record breaking, flood, storm, and even earthquake activity.

Minister for Police & Emergency Services, Peter Ryan, officially launched the week’s proceedings on the steps of Parliament House as it turned orange to highlight the efforts, sacrifice and commitment of our 5,500 SES volunteers. Other significant locations that turned orange for the occasion included AAMI Park, the Arts Centre Spire, Federation Square, the Royal Exhibition Buildings and the Victorian Treasury building.

Last year in Victoria alone, SES volunteers responded to over 37,000 emergencies.  Across the state, there were over 23,000 storm-related and 13,000 flood-related requests for assistance, and 1,000 road crash rescues.

Overall that’s more than 200,000 volunteer hours, and that’s just one year in Victoria.

The annual ‘Wear Orange Wednesday’ event on 9 November continues to grow as Victorians across the state celebrated by wearing orange for the day. CLICK HERE to view a gallery of prize winners for the best dressed ‘WOW’ outfit competition.

Photos from events held throughout the week, including the launch and ‘Wear Orange Wednesday’, are now available on the SES Facebook page –

A video showing Melbourne turn orange for the night is now available on the SES YouTube channel –