Welcome to:

The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)


(The prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)

If you require emergency assistance for storm or flood call 132 500


 

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

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 and Archived Newsletters going back to 2017.

 

Kalbarri SES May 2020 report:

Kalbarri SES has come back with a bang following weeks of little activity during the Covid 19  restrictions.

On Sunday May 3 we responded to a call for assistance from a contractor working in the area who had lost his expensive drone at Grandstand Lookout on the coastal cliffs. We were able to abseil to the crash site about 100 meters below the lookout and recover the damaged machine. This operation gave us the perfect opportunity to refresh our rope rescue skills and help a member of the public.

Training recommenced on May 4 with an evening of maintenance at the unit and a couple of exercises to test our rusty skill sets.

On May 18 we again trained at the unit headquarters where we practised rope rescues from the training tower.  At this session we also welcomed 2 new members, Tristam & Dave to the unit. Along with Ross who joined earlier in the year this has boosted our numbers and greatly enhanced our ability to respond to incidents.

Severe Storm:

On Saturday May 23 with warnings of severe weather to hit the following day, unit members met to prepare. Our storm gear was readied and loaded into response vehicles and a response plan was developed. Then followed a Local Emergency Management Advisory Committee meeting with all local emergency services to coordinate the response plans.

With the bad weather hitting on Sunday morning we started our response at 8.00 am with the full unit turning out along with support from a large contingent from Kalbarri Volunteer Fire and Rescue we were able to put 4 teams on the road supported by radio, phone, logistics and support staff at the unit office.

During the storm Kalbarri suffered minor damage consisting mainly of roof damage, fallen trees and limbs, fences, air conditioning units and water leaking through roofs. No injuries were recorded. Working in the stormy conditions was uncomfortable due to the high winds, windblown dust and sand and later in the day, rain. During Sunday we attended and completed 24 jobs within Kalbarri. With most of us tired and wet we ceased operations at 8.30 pm and were back at the unit at 7.00am on Monday to clean up the equipment and restore all of our resources ready for any further deployments.

At 8.00am on Monday, four Kalbarri SES volunteers and one vehicle and trailer departed south to complete storm damage jobs at Northampton, Bowes River and on to Geraldton to assist Geraldton SES with an overload of jobs in their district. After completing 12 jobs we headed back to Kalbarri and completed a further 2 storey roof repair job that had been too dangerous to do in Sundays high winds.   We got back to the unit, packed our gear and knocked off at 5.00pm after nearly 3 days of hard work, tired but happy that we had been able to complete all of our tasks.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who responded during this incident and a special thanks to our colleagues at Kalbarri Fire and Rescue for their support and assistance.  Congratulations to the Kalbarri community for minimising the damage caused by being prepared for the bad weather.

 


Storm story from Coastal Districts

I trust you weathered the 'dust storm' followed finally, by some decent Rain to eventually wash it all down. Rain had to fight its way through 'horizontal' sand & dust clouds and started as raining 'Mud'.  Then 20mm of clean water arrived to top up Tanks.  Expected all sorts of callouts locally, so had the equipment trailer loaded with extra tarps and sandbags. 

WA/Police checked in earlier in the day, (Sunday May 24) to identify our crew numbers available. However surprisingly, No Calls received until 16:00hrs. By then bushfires had already taken its toll, North & South East areas out in Hill River & Mt Lesueur National Park.  All local Fire & Rescue, Bushfire, Parks & Wildlife units were deployed to control these fires.   “The Following to give you all an 'insight' to, Storm & Roof Damage.”

Our SES 132 500 line had received a call from property owners in, Coorow Shire. Eneabba SES (closest unit) were already on call in Three Springs & Dongara, so could Coastal Districts JURIEN Bay attend?  Dust was just settling, and rain had arrived. (16:05hrs) A quick call around to SES members on standby to pick up at shed & greenhead, then proceeded to Coorow. Raining and dark on arrival (18:35hrs) met with the Owner and assessed the scene.

Pictures don't do this justice. 'Branch' was the size of a fully grown white gum tree !   Shire had already been to site earlier, so had owner call them in to provide Front end Loader & Safety Cage. Owner went to Farm and collected his Travel Lifter. Fitted the Safety Cage to Fork Blades and secured in place. Complete with safety ropes and chainsaw's on board, up we went to trim off 'branches' that had pierced tile roof line in (6) six places. (Lots of 'clear below') Down at ground level again, Cage removed and guided driver to align forks above Gutter to lift away tree trunk while reversing slowly to finally rest the 'culprit' on the ground.

Now, we could commence positioning tarpaulins and tying off with sandbags. (Tarp 1) That done, over the ridge cap to remove & align broken tiles and position (tarp 2) and tie off with Sandbags. (Note; this short paragraph was, 2hrs long and did someone mention it was still raining with the wind billowing the tarps during placement ??) didn't notice.  Our Sandbag Crew did a great job filling & loading onto cage which made life a little easier.

 By the time we hit the ground, it was 21:58 hrs and our new AO based in Geraldton casually called in to 'see how we were going'. Advised him, it was now 22:02 and 'double time' kicked in. Admittedly, they had some 30/40 Callouts in Geraldton also.

Loaded up the trailer, thanked all involved and proceeded 'home' Arrival, 23:55hrs (apparently, midnight in no longer a 'number') so reported in at 24:02 to say we are all safe & well. Monday morning, just may be a little different?  Could tell you more, like Equipment Trailer was saturated inside, removed everything to dry out. Clothing to wash & hang to dry out. Chainsaw's to maintain & sharpen and on it goes. Life of an SES Volunteer. Now, About that late callout in JURIEN Bay?

Warwick Gibbons,  Chairperson 

Coastal Districts SES - Jurien Bay 

 

 



What's in this edition:

  • From the President
  • SESVA Buses
  • Yanchep Search
  • SESVA Website
  • Uniform Survey
  • Incident Debriefs
  • Meet Your Regional Representative
  • SES on Jacket
  • Facebook
  • WebEOC Changes
  • Gaiters
  • SES Uniform
  • Fridge
  • Upper Great Southern Representative
  • Historical Photo's
  • Website Update
  • A Local Managers View
  • A Big Thank You
  • SESVA Election
  • How to keep informed
  • Letter from the Commissioner