The staff at Fitzpatrick’s Hardware are behind the SES. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

THE orange uniforms are familiar sights around the region, and the colour was even more noticeable for the State Emergency Services’ Wear Orange Wednesday this week.

WOW Day is a day of thanks for the many Victorian State Emergency Services volunteers who support their local communities during flood, storm, landslide, road rescue, search and rescue, and more, and everybody was encouraged to wear orange.

If you’ve ever considered taking on the role yourself, now is the perfect time.

Marong unit has passed the testing phase for road rescue, but now they need more boots on the ground than ever before.

Look out for details of an open day, or contact them via

In Victoria, SES volunteers responded to more than 31,000 calls for assistance last year, equalling a total of 302,623 operational hours.