The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)
(A prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)
"one Association many issues"
Welcome to the website of the State Emergency Service Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA). The SESVA was formed in the late 1980’s with the objective of providing a focus for representing the views of SES Volunteers on issues which affect them. The SESVA has developed the ability to strongly voice the opinion of the volunteers where, when necessary, to the benefit of all the Volunteers of the SES, where the action of a single Volunteer or small group would not be as effective. The SESVA represents SES volunteers on a number of committees and working groups and has regular meetings with DFES.
SESVA role is to represent the views of SES Volunteers to all levels of Government, DFES and other agencies on all matters affecting SES volunteers and the way in which we serve our communities.
SESVA Committee of Management
There is a Committee of Management to control the Association. The Management Committee consists of the following members:
Powers of the Management Committee
The Management Committee is the deliberative body in the Association with powers to make and direct policy, make, amend, or rescind the Constitution, and generally to take such actions as it considers necessary for the furtherance of the Association and its objects. The general management of the affairs of the Association is vested in the Management Committee.
An executive council, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and any two committee members shall take care of the day to day affairs of the Association. The executive council may authorise payments on behalf of the Association.
Objects of the Association
- Be an independent and representative body of the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia and the Volunteer Emergency Service
- Promote and communicate knowledge and information to and amongst the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia
- Provide an effective voice for the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia
- Operate a fund or trust for the benefit of volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia
Current SESVA Activities:
- Regular contact with DFES Commissioner and Senior Executive to discuss strategic, policy and high level issues
- Monthly meeting with DFES Chief Superintendents and stakeholder managers to discuss operational and other issues
- Meeting on a regular basis with the Minister for Emergency Services
- Meeting on a regular basis with the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services
- Membership of subject matter groups, PPE, vehicles, equipment, training, communications and legislation
- Co-partnering with DFES to organise the annual SES conference and awards night
- Attendance at AFAC conferences
- Attendance at Regional Local Managers meetings
- SESVA website, twitter and facebook management
- Publishing SESVA Journal, calendar and diary
- Attending to local issues when requested by SES Units
- SES Vehicle Licence Plate Project
- SESVA has a seat on both the National SESVA Board and National Council – providing a National voice for SES Volunteer Associations
- Providing input to the National representative on the Australian Emergency Management Volunteers Forum (AEMVF) on matters that could affect SES Volunteers at a National level
- Development of a strategic plan for the SES Volunteers Association
- A member of the new Emergency Services Volunteers welfare and support fund implementation team
- Member of the Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) on the review of the Emergency Services Acts
- Regular communication from SESVA Regional Representatives to SES Units and Volunteers
- Provision of an SES Flag to all SES Units
- Actively promoting the good work SES Units and Volunteers do to support their community
- Promoting and facilitating sponsorship assistance to SES Units
- SESVA/BHP Billiton Bus Project
- Production of SES Merchandise available for SES Members to purchase
- Planning and conduct of the SES State Rescue Competition
- Management of the WASES Hall of Fame
- Plan and conduct and SES Social night (Shin-dig)
You can also read all previous news items in our News Archive
Help shape the DFES of tomorrow
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) is kick starting an exciting new research project that will help to shape DFES’ brand and image, and provide it with a clear direction of where it needs to be in the future. The research involves a confidential survey which explores views about DFES, including its position in the community, the way it communicates and how it can make improvements.
DFES Director of Media and Corporate Communications Hannah Tagore said participating in the survey is an opportunity to help shape the DFES of tomorrow. “It is a chance for people to have their say about the way DFES connects and communicates with the community, stakeholders and fire and emergency services personnel,” Hannah said. “The survey gives people a chance to provide us with their thoughts on what we say and how we say it, to the imagery we use, how we position ourselves in the community and most importantly, how people feel when they think about us. “It’s important that DFES has a strong and respected brand that gives people confidence in the services we provide, lends credibility to the public information we deliver, and helps us to build effective partnerships. “Our brand should be something we are all proud of, that others look up and that helps us to attract and retain valued and capable people.
“The sum of all these parts helps us to keep the community safe.”
DFES personnel, volunteers and community members are encouraged to participate in the survey. Individual views will remain confidential and only aggregated data will be provided to DFES so individuals cannot be identified. To participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header ‘Brand research link’.
Once the survey has closed and after review the research results and recommendations will be made public.
First Aid Training
A First Aid Course was conducted at Gosnells SES and BFS HQs last weekend. Two, one day, courses were conducted with approximately twenty students for each day made up of SES and BFS Volunteers. This required supplementary pre reading and answering questions to meet the National Competency standards Providing First Aid. The training was provided via an external training organisation.
Wayne and Shannon providing CPR to baby mannequins
Further to our earlier emails inviting SES Units to nominate two delegates per unit to attend the FES Conference from 18th to 20th September 2015. Units are requested to SUBMIT NOMINATIONS BY RETURN EMAIL NOW
IF YOU HAVE BEEN NOMINATED TO ATTEND - PLEASE SECURE YOUR CONFERENCE REGISTRATIONS ASAP on the DFES conference website: http://wired.ivvy.com/event/RD3YEL/
DFES needs to confirm accommodation bookings with hotels within in the next two weeks, therefore:
DFES Conference Nominations closing soon
TO ENSURE YOU WILL BE ALLOCATED ACCOMMODATION IN THE SAME CONVENIENTLY LOCATED HOTEL AS OTHER SES VOLUNTEERS, PLEASE REGISTER NOW!
DFES will assist endorsed country regional volunteer delegates to attend the 2015 Conference by:
- meeting the cost of travel, to and from the Conference
- meeting the costs of accommodation for the duration of the Conference
- organising travel arrangements
(All Award finalists will be separately invited to attend the conference and have costs covered by DFES.)
For Volunteers travelling to the conference in Unit vehicles, please note:
SES Cruisers or other high vehicles attending the conference are to be parked in the Wilson Car Park at 391 Hay St Perth. DFES is making a bulk booking for such vehicles. This carpark is semi secure, however, it is recommended to either remove or lock down as best as possible any loose items on the vehicle. This carpark is only a very short walk to the hotel.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Attention: SES Units and Volunteers
See below information in relation to :
1. Notice of 2015 SESVA Annual General Meeting
2. Call for Agenda Items
3. Nominations for SESVA Committee Vacancies
It would be appreciated if you could print the document and distribute it to unit volunteers, and place a copy on your unit noticeboard. Note: Nominations for vacancies close on 31st July 2015.
Secretary and Returning Officer
SES Volunteers Association WA (Inc.)
Follow us on twitter: @sesva1
SESVA AGM Agenda and call for nominations ===>150617 - FINAL 2015 SESVA AGM Call for agenda items and nominations.pdf