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Celebrate the volunteers who save lives on WA roads

The Road Safety Council has acknowledged the life-saving role of volunteers play in reducing road trauma on WA roads.

22 May 2019
The Road Safety Council has acknowledged the life-saving role of volunteers play in reducing road trauma on WA roads.

National Volunteer Week, 20-26 May 2019, is an opportunity to celebrate the thousands of West Australians who selflessly sacrifice their own time to serve their local communities.

Road Safety Council Chairman Iain Cameron said volunteers are crucial to Western Australia’s journey towards zero road deaths.

“Often in regional and remote WA, the first responders to a serious crash are volunteers from the local community,” said Mr Cameron.

“Whether that’s with St John Ambulance, the local Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service or the State Emergency Service, these wonderful people provide vital post-crash care that is critical in saving lives on the roads.”

In Western Australia, there are more than 2300 Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service personnel and 9100 St John Ambulance volunteers, 3400 of those serving communities in regional WA.

However, it’s not just volunteer emergency service personnel making a difference to road safety.

WALGA RoadWise volunteers help promote road safety and educate local communities through RoadWise Committees and provide fatigue fighting breaks for drivers on long journeys through the Driver Reviver program.

There are more than 6200 people involved in the RoadWise road safety network around Western Australia.

Tomorrow, the State Emergency Service will be recognised with the community urged to wear orange clothing as part of Wear Orange Wednesday.

Landmarks around Perth, including Matagarup Bridge, the Bell Tower, Parliament House, Yagan Square and Perth Concert Hall will be lit in orange lights to remind the community of the tireless work of almost 2000 SES volunteers.

Find more information on how to volunteer in your community and make a difference with WALGA RoadWise, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service, State Emergency Service or St John Ambulance.
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