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Paddy Platypus

The Northern Territory Emergency Service (NTES) is pleased to announce the arrival to the Territory of the State Emergency Service (SES) mascot, Paddy Platypus.


Paddy Platypus 

Paddy Platypus is well known in southern states and very popular with young audiences. He visits schools and community events raising the profile of emergency service volunteers and shares important information to prepare for emergencies, particularly floods, storms and cyclones.

If schools and community groups would like Paddy to attend special events or share his key safety messages please email or phone Darwin 8922 3630 or Alice Springs 8951 9300.


WOO HOO Paddy is in Alice Springs


WOW Day colour-in competition winners announced 

The Northern Territory Emergency Service (NTES) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 WOW Day Colour-in Competition.  The winner of southern region is Naomi Pedrotti from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College and the winner of northern region is Ella Gray from Larrakeyah Primary School. Congratulations to both students who did outstanding work and thank you to all the other participants who entered this competition. There were many excellent entries this year and we value your support for Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW) Day, the day we show our appreciation to the volunteers in orange, who help communities during natural disasters and other emergencies.

Below; Ella Gray is photographed with Paddy Platypus and Diana Cumberland. Naomi Pedrotti is photographed with Alan Leahy and Emily MacAllister.

Ella Gray Larrakeyah Primary School  Naomi Pedrotti OLSH


Paddy appointed as registered volunteer member by Director NTES

Paddy with Director NTES 

Paddy Platypus was officially appointed as a registered volunteer member by the Director of NTES on 23 July 2015 at Driver Primary School. He received his official identification tag and certificate in front of hundreds of students, teaching staff and other officials including the Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Services, Chief Executive Officer for Police Fire and Emergency Services and the Member for Drysdale.

 NTES offers free educational presentations

Paddy thumbs up 

Schools are encouraged to make use of the free educational presentation offered by the NTES Public Education Officer with the help of Paddy Platypus and other volunteers. Paddy’s key safety messages include the following:

  1. Stay inside during storms
  2. Have a home emergency kit
  3. Have a family emergency plan
  4. Never walk, ride, swim or play in floodwater or drains
  5. Check on your neighbours
  6. Take care of your pets
  7. Do not shelter under trees in a storm


The presentation is appropriate for whole school audiences with the information being specifically targeted towards early childhood students. The NTES school presentation offers an excellent opportunity for students to become aware of our agency and the valuable work that the volunteers do. The students will hear Paddy’s key safety messages and can consolidate and extend this important knowledge and skills by making use of Lil’ Larrikins Natural Hazards Children’s Program (see “Kids and Schools” page).

To make a booking for a NTES school presentation please complete the NTES School Presentation Booking Form under Paddy’s Links and return to Public Education Officer, via email at with “Paddy” in subject box or send to PO Box 39764 Winnellie NT 0821.

If you require further information please phone Darwin 8922 3630 or Alice Springs 8951 9300.


 Paddy engages with the community

Paddy at Darwin Show 

Paddy Platypus attended the Royal Darwin Show and won the hearts of Territorians young and old. Many lucky families met Paddy and other NTES volunteers at the Royal Darwin Show. It’s hard to resist a Platypus who is devoted to raising public awareness on how to be safe in floods, storms and cyclones. Children were delighted to have their photo taken with Paddy and many are hoping to receive a school visit from Paddy soon.