Welcome to:

The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)

(The prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)

"Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless"

by Sherry Anderson




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. 

Executive Council

"There shall be an Executive Council (Executive), consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Executive shall take care of the day to day affairs of the Association, and may authorise payments on behalf of the Association only in accordance with the Business Rules of the Association."

SESVA Objectives & Current Activities

Current News

You can also view Archived News Items going back to 2010.


Matagarup Bridge Testing by SES Volunteers

The SES Volunteers Association was asked to be involved in the testing of the new Matagarup Footbridge Bridge connecting East Perth to the Stadium area in Burswood.
As a result of the large movement in the Millennium Bridge in London, the Italian builders of the Matagarup Footbridge Bridge requested fifty SES Volunteers to run and jump in a special sequence that would be synchronised.
The day started off with the SES Volunteers being addressed by Charlie WilsonClark, a Manager from the SRPB Alliance, on what the day would entail, the Engineers about the Bridge and Ilario Spagnolo, the Main Roads Project Director, thanking the SES Volunteers for their involvement.
The SES Volunteers did a walk over the bridge first to familiarise themselves before getting into the business part of the day.
Sensors were placed in predetermined locations on the bridge to enable a team of engineers to monitor bridge behaviour as the SES Volunteers jumped, walked and ran in a predetermined and synchronised manner.

The movement of the bridge could be easily felt at times and as the engineers adjusted the movement damping devices, the decrease in bridge movement became obvious.
The wave motion of the bridge could be felt quite strongly as the fifty Volunteers jumped from side to side. This equated to a weight in excess of 3000 kgs landing left then right at 2 second, 1 second, twice a second, and four times a second interval.

The Volunteers covered more than 7.5 kms in their running, jumping and walking of the bridge.

The SRPB Alliance provided a what appeared to be an “all you can eat” lunch at the Camfield Restaurant.

It was a day enjoyed by all and very different to the routine searches and rescues performed by SES Volunteers.

There are many videos on the SESVA Facebook page which show the Channel Nine news report, Main Roads drone video and many pictures taken by the Volunteers on the day.

Gordon Hall ESM
SESVA President

Pictures taken on the Day


Kalbarri SES July 2018 report:

Winter weather over the past month caused some work for Kalbarri SES with several storm damage callouts. Fortunately no serious damage was caused and most importantly no one was injured. WE also were kept very busy with the Kalbarri Canoe & Cray Carnival.

Operations attended in May-June 2018:

Storm damage in Kalbarri
Over night on May 24/25 a cold front crossed the WA coast bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the south west of the state. Fortunately Kalbarri missed the brunt of the weather system but still had some rain and wind. SES volunteers were up early on the morning of May 25 attending two jobs in central Kalbarri involving clearing away fibre cement fences that had been blown over in the wind and were causing a hazard to the occupants of the houses involved.

Storm damage in Northampton
On June 5 Kalbarri SES volunteers travelled to Northampton and attended a house that had been de-roofed during a storm on March 4. The temporary repairs consisting of tarpaulins and ropes that had been fitted by Kalbarri SES on the day of the storm had loosened allowing water ingress. The repairs were reinforced to prevent any further damage to the premises.


3 Kalbarri SES volunteers attended a Field Radio Operations course in Carnarvon on May 26 & 27. This course equipped those attending with the skills to operate and control radio networks used during an operation.

Community Engagement:

Kalbarri Canoe and Cray Carnival:

As always, Kalbarri SES played a big role in providing organisation and logistics for the highly successful Kalbarri Canoe and Cray Carnival held over the weekend of June 2 & 3. SES volunteers were involved in the management committee for the event over the past 12 months. On Friday June 1 we spent most of the day setting up tents, lighting, fire pits, firewood,  fencing and equipment on the Kalbarri foreshore before attending the Pirate Theme Night at Gilgai Tavern in the evening.

On Saturday volunteers were up early and on their way out to the Gorges where they spent the morning providing marshalling and safety for the Adventurethon running event. We then spent the afternoon completing similar duties at Murchison House Station for the cycling event. Sunday morning was another early start with 2 crews of volunteers launching the Flood Boat and the inflatable dinghy to provide safety vessels for the Murchison Dash canoe event.
Later in the morning these crews were also involved in the highlight of the carnival when 2 SES volunteers acting as pirates, kidnapped a school teacher and forced him to walk the plank.

The afternoon saw SES volunteers marshalling the street parade before heading off to the coastal cliffs to perform safety officer roles for the  Adveturethon Bigurda Run.

The weather over the two days of the Carnival was perfect with warm windless days. Monday, clean up day, saw this change with rain coming in. SES volunteers spent the morning dis-assembling the tents and equipment and re-erecting tents etc.under cover to dry out before storing everything away for next year.

Overall, though the carnival requires lots of work over a long period, all involved felt that it was well worth the effort and are keen to start working towards next years carnival.