Queenslanders asked to show true "orange" colours
Queenslanders are being asked to "go orange" in support of the State Emergency Service (SES) on Wear Orange to Work Day, Wednesday, November 9.
The distinctive orange SES uniform is worn by volunteers who donate thousands of hours each year to their communities.
Wear Orange to Work Day is part of SES Week 2011 and is an opportunity to show appreciation for the work of our SES volunteers.
Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the orange uniform had come to symbolise the strength of community spirit in Queensland.
"Wear Orange to Work Day is an opportunity for the community to show their appreciation and respect for an organisation which is always ready to help," Mr Roberts said.
"Last financial year our SES volunteers contributed 175,000 hours to helping fellow Queenslanders in need.
"This included the tireless efforts of volunteers during Cyclone Yasi and the Queensland floods earlier this year.
"But it's not onl y during disasters that our SES volunteers do their work.
"Whether it's searching for a missing bushwalker, rescuing someone stranded on the side of a cliff, or assisting at a road accident, SES volunteers are there when their community needs them most.
"Most recently, around 800 volunteers participated in the search for Daniel Morcombe's remains, sifting through 500 cubic metres of sand in bushland at the Glass House Mountains.
"We can be proud of the diligent work SES crews have done and SES Week gives us the chance to acknowledge their efforts."
Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Assistant Director General Bruce Grady said by wearing orange to work on Wednesday November 9, the public were supporting around 7,200 SES volunteers across the State.
"SES volunteers will be encouraged to wear their uniforms to work, with the public also asked to wear orange on the day to show their support for SES volunteers," Mr Grady said.
"W ednesday is our turn to be there for them and to say thank you."
Businesses are encouraged to have their own Wear Orange to Work Day celebrations by hosting a morning tea.
The Department of Community Safety is also holding a competition for the best dressed team and the best emergency kit creation.
Police, Corrective Services and Emergency Services
The Honourable Neil Roberts
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