Orange garb spreads the SES mes­sage

Central and North Burnett Times - - SES WEEK 2012 -

THE­Yare the un­sung heroes in our community.

This week is your chance to sing your praise to the men and women who vol­un­teer their time and ef­fort to make the community a safer place.

As part of Na­tional SES Week, Wear Orange to Work Day was held yes­ter­day to en­cour­age peo­ple to in­cor­po­rate some­thing orange in their out­fit to raise aware­ness and say thank you for the hard work SES vol­un­teers do for the community.

Whether it is search and res­cue mis­sions or as­sis­tance dur­ing floods, SES vol­un­teers per­form a valu­able emer­gency ser­vice du­ties.

Each year the SES re­ceives thou­sands of calls for as­sis­tance in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

Mun­dub­bera SES con­troller and train­ing of­fi­cer Graeme New­man is one of the thou­sands of SES vol­un­teers who makes them­selves avail­able 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the community.

In 2011 Mr New­man was in­volved in flood re­lief which in­volved re­spond­ing to calls for evac­u­a­tions of lo­cal homes that were in­un­dated with ris­ing flood­wa­ter.

The SES con­troller has been a vol­un­teer for 33 years and said his re­ward was help­ing the community.

“My idea of be­ing an SES vol­un­teer is to try and help wher­ever we can,” Mr New­man said.

“I think the rea­son I have done it for so long is the ded­i­ca­tion to as­sist­ing the community which is more along my na­ture than any­thing else. “If I can help, I’ll help out.” Mr New­man said see­ing mem­bers of the community par­tic­i­pat­ing in WOW Day meant a lot to the vol­un­teers.

“It’s great to see peo­ple wear­ing orange to try and help out and ap­pre­ci­ate what we do,” he said.

‘It’s great to see peo­ple wear­ing orange to try and help out...’ - Graeme New­man

“Some peo­ple make use of us and some peo­ple abuse us. That’s theway things go.

“But it def­i­nitely means a lot when peo­ple show their sup­port for the SES.”

So when you add a splash of orange to your out­fit spare a thought for the men and women be­hind the scenes help­ing those in need.

Photo: Jor­dan Philp

ALL ORANGE: Mun­dub­bera’s SES con­troller Graeme New­man is one of the many vol­un­teers you can show your thanks to by wear­ing the colour orange.

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