Victoria goes orange for Wear Orange Wednesday

22 May 2019

Orange was the theme today, as Victoria celebrated Wear Orange Wednesday, a day to recognise the work of the volunteers from the Victoria State Emergency Service (SES).

Each year on 22 May, VICSES volunteers are front and centre as we say ‘thank you’ to the volunteers who support their local communities during flood, storm, landslide, road rescue, search and rescue, and more.

“Our VICSES volunteers respond to more than 30,000 calls for assistance last year, equalling a total of 300,000 operational hours,” Deputy Emergency Management Commissioner Deb Abbott said.

“The important work they do plays a role across many different emergencies, in many different situations.

On behalf of the rest of the state, I’d like to thank the passionate, hardworking VICSES volunteers for the critical role they play in keeping Victorians safe – well done.”

VICSES has been operating since 1950, with 149 units located across six regions.

Orange was the colour of choice not only in the emergency management sector across the state, but also at landmarks such as MCG, Bolte Bridge, AAMI Park and the Melbourne Star.