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PEO­PLE are en­cour­aged to wear or­ange to­mor­row to show sup­port for State Emer­gency Ser­vice vol­un­teers.

Kin­ross res­i­dent Raelee Heath (20) is one of about 2000 SES vol­un­teers in WA, hav­ing joined the Wanneroo-Joon­dalup SES unit in 2015.

She had al­ready spent five years with the Quinns Rocks Emer­gency Ser­vice Cadets in Clark­son, where she learned a range of skills.

“I learnt a lot from those years in­clud­ing knots, sur­vival tech­niques, first aid, ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tion, map read­ing and other things,” she said.

Miss Heath said one of the more ex­treme searches she has been in­volved in since join­ing the SES unit started last De­cem­ber in Muchea.

“We searched in 40C+ heat over about two weeks,” she said.

“Most days we were on site at 8am and would search through­out the day un­til about 5 or 6pm.

“Call-outs range from easy jobs that take a cou­ple of min­utes to searches and storm dam­age that can last for days or even weeks some­times.”

The for­mer Quinns Bap­tist Col­lege stu­dent is now study­ing jour­nal­ism at Curtin Univer­sity and is a De­part­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation in­struc­tor at Ern Hal­l­i­day Re­cre­ation Camp in Hillarys.

She said the as­pect she en­joyed most was ver­ti­cal res­cue, which in­volved fort­nightly train­ing.

“I love work­ing at heights and learn­ing all I can about rope res­cue both at work and at SES,” she said.

“I’ve learned lots of valu­able things – my skills have re­ally im­proved when it comes to work­ing as part of a team and putting oth­ers first.

“I’d en­cour­age any­one to vol­un­teer – vol­un­teer­ing has got to be one of the most re­ward­ing things you can do.”

Wear Or­ange Wed­nes­day, or WOW Day, on May 10 en­cour­ages peo­ple to wear the SES uni­form colour to sup­port vol­un­teers.

Pic­ture: Daniel Lan­som

Wanneroo Joon­dalup SES vol­un­teer Raelee Heath with Mark Baker and Daniel Lan­som.

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