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.


SES Awards Night – Limited Tickets

As previously advised, DFES combined all Volunteer Award functions into one function for this year only – due to AFAC being held in Perth that week.  Normally the SES require 250 seats for their Awards Night.  It has been decided to limit the number of seats to 150 and there are 70 seats still available.

There will be no charge to SES Volunteers who wish to attend  (SES Volunteers who have already paid will have their money refunded).  If not already registered, please register for your SES Awards Night tickets as soon as possible.

First in first served

Please follow this link to register -https://etm.eventsair.com/dfes2018/awardsdinner/Site/Register

 Personal Loction Devices

Statistics indicate you’ll be rescued within 72 hours of authorities becoming aware that you’re missing. Reduce that period to 24 hours (and usually less than 12 hours) if you activate a GPS-equipped and registered Personal Location Beacon (PLB).

If we’re planning remote travel, these odds should make the decision to buy an emergency location device easy – particularly as prices have reduced considerably in recent years. But the choice between PLB, EPIRB or SEND can be daunting.

Essentially, a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) for land lovers. PLB generally refers to a distress beacon operating on a 406 MHz frequency supported by a government satellite network, whereas devices using commercial satellite systems are referred to as SEND (Satellite Emergency Notification Device).

If you can only afford one device, we’d make it a PLB – because your life may depend on it. If you’re cashed up, buy both a PLB and a SEND.

Article by Scott Heiman

Read the full article -


Thanks to Jim Ridgewell from Gosnells SES for this information

Smartphone App for calling Emergency numbers


The Smartphone App detailed in this article is a valuable tool that can be used by you and family members or friends if they need to call for emergency assistance from Police, Fire or Ambulance on the 000 line or the Police or SES for other types of non-emergency assistance while in a mobile phone network area.   By opening the App (once downloaded) it will quickly identify the phone users location by address (eg 120 Smith Street Dianella, WA 6145) and by GPS Coordinates (eg LAT: -3212743° LONG: - 115.85608°) for use when travelling through semi /rural areas. It also has a 000, 132500 and 131444 icon that can be pushed to dial the respective service you require.  When a person does not know exactly where they are the use of the application will speed up the process of identifying the users location before calling for assistance and passing on that information. This is critical when moving through a rural/semi rural environment with a mobile phone network.

Sixty five per cent of calls to the emergency Triple Zero (000) number are made from mobile phones, with many people unsure of their exact location. This makes it difficult for Triple Zero operators to accurately and quickly dispatch emergency services.   The Emergency+ app offers callers the ability to verbally provide emergency operators with their location information as determined by their smartphone's GPS functionality.

It also provides users with the contact numbers and a short explanation of when to call 'non-emergency' numbers such as the Police Assistance Line (131 444) and the State Emergency Service (SES) national call centre (13 2500).   "Once downloaded, the key functions to the app are the speed at which people can connect to either Triple Zero or the Police Assistance line, and the ability to pass on their exact location. Callers who are uncertain as to their location or in unfamiliar surroundings can then be auto-located via our system.   The Emergency+ app is available free of charge from Google Play or the App store.