Orange is the order of the day

IT'S Wear Orange to Work Day and it's all in honour of the many volunteers who donate their time to important State Emergency Service (SES) work.

The day is part of SES Week 2011, which runs until Sunday.

Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts said the distinctive orange uniform worn by SES volunteers had come to symbolise the strength of community spirit in the State.

"Last financial year our SES volunteers contributed 175,000 hours to helping fellow Queenslanders in need," he said.

"This included the tireless efforts of volunteers during Cyclone Yasi and the Queensland floods earlier this year."

Mr Roberts said SES volunteers weren't only on hand during natural disasters.

"Whether it's searching for a missing bushwalker, rescuing someone stranded on the side of a cliff or assisting a road accident, SES volunteers are there when their community needs them the most," he said.

Controller for the Gladstone region Doug Savage said the way the SES responded to the disasters earlier this year was nothing short of amazing.

"Cyclone Yasi and the floods in Rockhampton required a big effort on behalf of the State (Queensland)," Mr Savage said.

"Our region comes first, but if we have available people and we're not affected, we'll go anywhere."


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