WOW Day – From the Commissioner
FES Commissioner Gregson is very supportive of Wear Orange Wednesday and below is the text of a letter from him.
WOW DAY – 11 MAY 2016
Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) is an opportunity for the community to recognise the hard work and dedication of State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers throughout Australia. From this year, WOW Day will be held Australia-wide in May to coincide with National Volunteer Week (11 to 17 May 2016).
This offers a fantastic opportunity to increase awareness about the vital role of SES in the community and complement the annual WinterSafe campaign as we enter into the high risk storm season. In support of WOW Day, DFES will be hosting a simulated search involving canines, the mounted section, all-terrain utilities (ATUs) and a tyrolean (zipline) rescue on the beautiful grounds of Murdoch University. Media will be invited to watch and participate in this exercise, which will showcase the vast skills and competencies used by SES volunteers through a real-time search and rescue operation. In a display of appreciation for SES volunteers, iconic locations around the State, including Elizabeth Quay, will be lit up in a brilliant orange.
You are invited to spread the word about WOW day to your family, friends and colleagues, and ask them to show their support by wearing orange on 11 May.
Above all, please enjoy the day. You make an incredible contribution to helping keep Western Australian communities stay safe and this is worthy of recognition and celebration.
WAYNE GREGSON APM
23 March 2016