Western Australians are encouraged to celebrate the incredible efforts of local emergency services volunteers as National Volunteer Week kicks off today.
WA’s emergency response largely depends on the commitment and dedication of 26,000 volunteers across the State, particularly in rural and regional areas.
Whether it be through the Bush Fire Service, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service, State Emergency Service or Marine Rescue WA, volunteers are often the first responders when disaster strikes.
In the past year, these volunteers responded to almost 11,000 incidents throughout WA, most notably the Wooroloo and Red Gully bushfires, Tropical Cyclone Seroja and severe flooding events in the North West.
This year’s National Volunteer Week theme – “Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine.” – encourages people to thank volunteers for their hard work and consider how they too can make a contribution to their own communities.
Acting Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Craig Waters AFSM thanked all emergency services volunteers who generously offered their time to make WA a safer State.
“Volunteers can be called upon at a moment’s notice to respond to bushfire, storms, floods, structure fires, HAZMAT, land and sea searches and road crash rescues,” Acting Commissioner Waters said.
“In regional areas, where volunteers make up 95 per cent of emergency services personnel, they are often the first responders and we simply couldn’t maintain a comprehensive frontline response without their contribution.
“This week is an opportunity to acknowledge these dedicated individuals and I encourage anyone looking for a way to give back to their community to consider getting in touch with their local volunteer brigade, group or unit.”
National Volunteer Week runs from 17-23 May. For more information about becoming an emergency services volunteer visit https://dfes.vol.org.au or call your local brigade, group or unit.
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