Orange garb spreads the SES message
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.
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.