Tomorrow is WOW Day – Wear Orange Wednesday – where the community gets to have a bit of fun and say ‘thank you’ to the emergency service volunteers who donate their time to help others.
Northern Territory Emergency Service Director Fleur O’Connor said, “We have 253 registered NTES volunteers in the Territory.
“These incredible people are committed to helping out in times of trouble.”
Since July last year, NTES volunteers clocked up more than 1500 hours, helping out with land-based rescue operations, flood responses, logistical support and much more.
“Just last week we saw 13 volunteers from Darwin and Palmerston undertake a complicated vertical rescue in Kakadu National Park when a hiker fell down a ravine.
“Alice Springs NTES volunteers have rescued seven people who required assistance on the Larapinta Trail since the start of April. And they undertook an amazing rescue last November when a man was swept into the flooded Todd River.
“We also sent two teams to assist New South Wales State Emergency Service with the flood response there.
“WOW Day is our opportunity to acknowledge these extraordinary people and SES volunteers nationally, whose dedication is second-to-none. We’d like everyone to dress up in orange and post their pictures to social media using the hashtag #thankyouNTES.”
Landmarks across the Territory will be lit up orange tomorrow night in honour of NTES volunteers.
In Alice Springs, the now traditional Tug-of-War between the emergency services kicks off on the council lawns at 3pm.
Additionally, if you employ an NTES volunteer, your workplace can acknowledge them by presenting a certificate of appreciation, that can be downloaded at www.pfes.nt.gov.au/WOW-Day.