SESVA Committee Members

Gordon Hall | President | 0427 002 702 | |

Gordon started as a volunteer with the Swan Unit of the State Emergency Service in late 1993 and during that time was involved in a number of searches and operations including the 1994 Perth storms, 1999 Moora Floods and deployment to Exmouth for cyclone Vance. Gordon has been involved in the Association since 1995 and has been served as a Consultative Committee representative and was appointed to the first FESA Board as the Representative from the State Emergency Service.

Gordon joined FESA as a Regional Director for the SES in 1999 and up until his retirement in late 2011 he was involved in many roles for FESA at a state and national level including the National and State tsunami planning, key operations, and corporate governance and strategic planning. The tsunami project was recognised and awarded at both a national and international level.

Duties of the President
The President has the responsibility to ensure the successful functioning of the Association, the attainment of its objectives and the adherence to the constitution.  The President, as the name implies, presides at all meetings of the Association and the Executive Committee.

Dave Beard | Vice President | 0419 754 464 | |

Dave has been a volunteer member holding various positions within the Rockingham Kwinana Unit after joining in 1984, his currently position in the unit is Rescue Manager.  Dave was one of the original WAVES committee members and served on the Association for many years and rejoined the Association last April after a short break.  Dave has  been appointed Deputy Unit Manager Operations for Rockingham Kwinana unit.

Duties of the Vice-President

The Vice-President is required to take on any of the Presidential duties when invited to do so by the President or when the President is, for reasons unable to undertake those duties. If, for any reason, the President's office falls vacant, the Vice-Presidents should act as interim President until a new one is elected.

Lin Booth | Secretary | 0428 612 480 | |

Lin has been a volunteer in the Mundaring Unit of the State Emergency Service since March 2000.  During his time in the SES Lin has been a Deputy Local Manager (2002-2004), Local Manager (2004-2010) and is currently the Training Manager for the Unit. He is also a Field Search Controller.  This has resulted in Lin being involved in a number of searches and operations in Western Australia.  Lin is a Senior Assessor in a range of skills including Navigation, Search, USAR, Communications, Chainsaw, Storm Damage and is also a Trainer/Assessor in Basic General Rescue, 4WD Recovery, 4WD Off Road Driving and Search Team Leader.  Lin has been involved in training with several units in the Pilbara, and the metropolitan area.

Duties of the Secretary:
The Secretary is the principal administrative officer of the Association and is responsible for carrying out the decisions of the Association. The Secretary prepares, in consultation with the President, meeting agendas.   The Secretary is required to attend Association meeting and take minutes for distribution to members.

John Capes OAM | Treasurer, Editor and Webmaster | 0407 429 554 | |

John has been a volunteer member of the SES for 30 years and originally joined the Wanneroo SES unit. John held a number of positions in the Wanneroo unit including six years as Local Manager.  In recent years John has focused his service to the SES Volunteer Association. John was the inaugural Association President and then held the position of Vice President.  As Treasurer John has the responsibly of managing the Associations finances and as Editor he produces the Associations publications which include the journal, dairy and calendar.  John is also is a member of the FESA Board and sits on a number of Committees including Finance.

Duties of the Treasurer:

The Treasurer is responsible for the financial management of the Association. The Treasurer receives and deposits monies, maintains records, presents accounts, in the form of a report, at each meeting and the Annual general meeting.

Phillip Petersen ESM | South East | 0409 048 898 | |

Phillip has been a SES volunteer since 1982, serving with Mandurah, Karratha and Gosnells SES Units, including as Local Manager at Gosnells 1993-1997.  Phillip is an instructor in a range of skills including Navigation, Search, First Aid and Road Crash Rescue. He was the inaugural coach for the National Road Crash Rescue West Australian SES teams.  Phillip was the SES Volunteers Association President from 1999-2009 and acknowledges that one of his proudest moments as President, was accepting the WA Citizen of the Year Gold Swan Award 2007 on behalf of WA SES volunteers. He also served on the past SES Consultative Committee in that time.  
He was awarded Emergency Services Medal (ESM) in Australian Honours in 2005 and is a proud winner of the Peter Keillor Award 2006 (Outstanding SES volunteer).
Phillip continues to contribute to the SESVA as a regional representative. He represented the SESVA at the Community Development and Justice Standing Committee (CDJSC) contributing evidence to “The Toll of Trauma on Western Australian Emergency Staff and Volunteers”. He is on a number of SESVA sub committees and more recently voted as Deputy Chair of the SES Volunteer Advisory Committee (SESVAC).


Mundaring SES
Canning/South Perth SES
Kalamunda SES
Gosnells SES
Armadale SES

Keith Squibb | Pilbara and Kimberly | 0448 345 801 | |

Keith has been a volunteer member of the SES for 30 years with the Stirling, Geraldton and Karratha Units. During this time Keith has served in a variety of roles including Rescue Team Leader, Deputy Local Manager, Training Manager and Local Manager. Since joining the Karratha Unit 6 years ago Keith has focussed on giving back to the Service in his role as Training Manager the skills, knowledge and experience he himself has gained, which has lead to numerous deployments through the Pilbara District. Keith became the Pilbara Representative for the SESVA 4 years ago  where he continues to promote and communicate knowledge and information to the volunteers of the SES.


Hedland SES
Karratha SES
Onslow VES
Exmouth SES
Tom Price SES
Newman SES
Marble Bar VES
Roebourne SES

Greg Cook | North East | 0427 387 404 | |

Greg has been both a proud SES volunteer since 1996 commencing at the Northam SES Unit. During that time in the Midland’s Region, Greg was able to assist other volunteers by being the region SES Consultative Committee and VA Representative. Including his activities at the Northam Unit, time was spent as the acting Local Manager, York SES Unit and the Training Manager at the Trayning SES Unit. After relaxing in the Midlands for 8 years, Greg departed for a period of service as a FESA DM working out of Port Hedland and serving local FESA VES and SES Units. Since returning to Perth, Greg serviced as the Section Leader Regional Operations Section (the Belmont Bunker). More recently he has firmly placed some antennas and a satellite dish on his head. Showing that level of instability, he has been entrusted with being the Local Manager of the Communication Support Unit in Belmont. Being a person that is challenged by technology, he could not resist the opportunity for personal development. All CSU members are currently hoping that learning will take place one day, preferably soon. He also holds many SES and National Emergency Management qualifications.
Outside of the SES, Greg is a Senior Risk Consultant working in the public and private sectors. His functions include developing solutions for community based emergency management issues and managing emergencies in facilities planning and training.


Coms Support
Mounted Section
Peer Support

Steve Cable ESM | Midwest/Gascoyne | 0439 929 650 | |

Steve commenced his Emergency Services career with two years as a member of the Parkerville Bush Fire Brigade.  He joined the Ambulance Service in Exmouth in 1972 and was OIC until 1982.  On moving to Karratha in 1985, Steve joined the SES there and served in Karratha for 10 years as Rescue Officer and a further 10 years as Local Manager.   During his years of service, Steve has experienced and organised the response to a myriad of events:  as Team Leader responding to hundreds of vehicle crashes, storm damage, floods and major cyclone events (Cyclone Bobby and Vance).  These were of magnitudes involving loss of life and required running the E/R response to three towns, numerous stations and rescue and resupply for flood stranded vehicles – all within the same operation.   Additionally, Steve has been Team Leader for 16 rope rescues, eight of which were at Karajini National Park (being the operations officer for the recovery of the Jim Reagan).  Since moving to Kalbarri in 2006 Steve joined the local SES unit, which he assisted to build into a professional E/R group, serving as a main stay to an area where deployment of 300-400 kms is not unusual.   Steve was appointed Rescue Officer and has been Local Manager for approximately five years.   In addition, Steve is an instructor in nearly all SES disciplines and travels throughout the region running courses.  Steve is also on Regional committees, including on a state level, having served as a Consultative Committee member for 10 years.


Useless Loop
Shark Bay
Geraldton Greenough
Coastal Districts (Eneabba

Trevor Patton | Kimberly | 0419 968 203 | |

During Trevor’s 27 years at the Karratha SES Unit he has had a number of roles including rescue team member, rescue team leader and rescue officer. During this period Trevor attended many large operations such as the 1997 Ashburton River floods in 1997, numerous Cyclones (TC Bobby/Vance) and Land Search operations. Trevor has been a key organiser in setting up and coordinating the Pilbara Regions annual training weekends (PILEX).  Trevor was the deputy Local Manager in 2006 and was appointed Local Manager in 2007. Trevor represented the Pilbara on the SES Consultative Committee for 3 years and in 2010 was the winner of the 2010 Peter Keilor Award

Broome SES
Kununurra SES
Derby SES
Wyndham VES

Kylie Griffen | South Coastal | 0410 020 873 | |

Kylie Griffin is a member of the Cockburn SES joining the unit in 2005, training as a Rescue member with qualifications in various areas including General Rescue, Storm Damage, Search Team member Operations and Communications just to name a few. Kylie is also a dual member of The South Coogee Bushfire Brigade for the past 3 years and currently holds the office of secretary.

Rockingham-Kwinana SES
Melville SES
Cockburn SES
Serpentine-Jarrahdale SES
Mandurah SES

Chris Widmer | South West | 0409 762 222 | |

Chris joined the SES in late March 1978, his first operation was as a ‘newby’ during Cyclone Alby in Bunbury.  He has remained a member of the Bunbury Unit since that time, serving in various positions.  During his time in the SES, Chris believes that he has been very fortunate to have received the Peter Keillor Award in 2000 and the Emergency Services Medal in the Australia Day awards of 2002.  He has also received the National Medal plus clasp, plus the SES long service medal and 30 year clasp. As he has served as a District Officer for over 17 years and has spent the best part of a year acting as Superintendent with FESA/DFES, he has also been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from DFES.  Chris now works as the Team Leader – Community Safety and Emergency Management with the City of Bunbury and is married with three adult kids.  His wife Karen and Son Keaton are also long serving SES volunteers.

Boddington SES
Bunbury SES
Busselton SES
Collie SES
Harvey SES
Murray  SES
Waroona SES

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