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24/06/2014 - The Funeral of the late Peter Clark

Clarkies Funeral, 23 June 2016
The Fremantle Cemetery Chapel was overflowing yesterday’s for the funeral of Clarkie. Present were his wife, children and grandchildren, other family and friends but significantly a large portion of the crowd was Clarkie’s work mates and colleagues from the WA Prison’s Department, demonstrating their high regard for his skills as a locksmith and also as a trusted and sometimes slightly outrageous colleague of the prisons officers’ team.

The other large portion of the crowd was SES Volunteers and DFES staff. Including a past FESA CEO, one Volunteer who had travelled from Newman, and two DFES staff & themselves past Volunteers who had travelled from Broome and Bunbury.

There were City of Armadale staff, bushfire Volunteers and people from other Volunteer organizations that Clarkie contributed too.
What we learnt today was that Clarkie, in his own style of leading from the front, may not have always been “PC” or use some of language from any Peer Support Guide book, but he was a loyal friend and guiding hand to many during his life, not forgetting the bird and dog he rescued. He was a man with a contagious smile, selfless and a big heart.

I personally was very humbled from the words expressed by those people who gave heartfelt eulogies yesterday morning and the dedication of Clarkies team at Armadale SES in the past 11 days.

Phillip Petersen ESM

The Funeral Service for Peter Clark

Members of the Armadale SES Unit pay tribute to Peter Clark

21-06-2016 - Happy Birthday Northshore SES

Northshore 40th

On the 15th June 2016 the Northshore SES unit celebrated its 40th anniversary (42 years actually) with an unveilling of a new History Board and Honour Roll.   Special guests at this function included the Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon Joe Francis MLA, the Member For North Metropolitan Region Hon Elizabeth Behjat MLC, the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson APM, and 6 Mayors from the 9 Local Government Areas that the unit serves.
Guests included past members, one of whom was Ian Lush who established the City of Perth SES unit in 1974. Ian stepped downs as Northshore Lm in 2007. The Perth unit merged with the City of Subiaco SES unit in 1996 to create Northshore. Alan Brindley, a Local Manager with the Subiaco SES in the early 1990s, also attended, along with a range of WA Police and DFES representatives. The other 3 units in the Northcoastal region were represented by their Managers, Bill Hansen, Nicola Wilson and Doug Cooper. The SESVA were represented by President Gordon Hall and Deputy President Dave Beard.
The Minister presented several Northshore members with service medals and medallions, including a clasp to Rhonda Hemsley for 35 years of service. The Fire Commissioner also presented Rhonda with a certificate of achievement for her massive contribution to the SES. Ex-Northshore LM Jim Maclean was acknowledged by the Fire Commissioner for the announcement of his being awarded the ESM.
The Northshore Local Manager, Nick Elliott, took the opportunity to thank each and every person that has had some involvement over the last 42 years in making the Northshore SES unit what it is today.
David Worth- SESVA Committee Member


Minister Hon Joe Francis MLA and Evan Morgan, who designed our new History Board

20/06/2016 - SW/LSW Training Weekend

Vertical Rescue Training

Leon Gardiner reports that the combined SW/LSW Vertical Rescue Team participated in Vertical Rescue continuation training on Sunday 12th June 2016 at a site in the Boranup Forest known as Wi 16. This site is collapsed portion of a cave that is available for use with permission from Parks & Wildlife. The training involved members from Augusta/Margaret River, Australind, Bridgetown, Busselton and Bunbury units, with the aim of the training being to provide an opportunity for members to hone their skills in rope mobility and rescue systems.
Between the SW and LSW we hold 6 of these regional continuation training days every year, in addition to SRR and RRS course and unit level VR training sessions.
This particular day was organised by one of our VR Team Leaders David Hull from Augusta/Margaret River SES, and it involved completing two rescues at this site based on two different scenarios presented to the team. The first rescue involved a casualty stuck mid pitch, with injuries to their arms and legs and the second rescue involved a casualty who had fallen from height to the bottom of the site whilst trying to free climb.

Both of these scenarios presented some interesting challenges to our Team Leaders and members, the site where the rescues took place were somewhat confined and had multiple options to consider in relation to the type of system that could be implemented.

We managed to get through the first rescue without any rain, however whilst packing up the first rescue the heavens opened up we all spent the rest of the day rather wet due to the continued rainfall. Despite the rain the team got stuck in and completed the second rescue without any concern for the rain’s impact on the team. Both rescues were completed safely with the successful result of getting the casualties off to further medical treatment.
A great day had by all with some good learnings for all.

Vertical Rescue Training

13/06/2016 - SESVA Presidents Newsletter June 2016

Presidents June 2016 Newsletter
This month the President gives an overview of registering for the coming WA FES Volunteers Conference, who the keynote speakers are and the SES Awards Night.  Gordon goes on to outline the successful round table discussions with SES Leaders, coming strategic DFES Committees, and the annual exercise for the SES Volunteers in the Metropolitan Regions.  The President also mentions the new SES Brochure dispatched to all SES Units this week, SES Merchandise and the coming SESVA Committee nominations.

View the full report >>>>160611 SESVA Presidents Newsletter Final.pdf

03/06/2016 - DFES Conference Important infor for Registering

Registering for the Annual SES Volunteers Conference
DFES is pleased to be hosting the sixth annual conference from Friday 9 September to Sunday 11 September at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC).  The theme for the 2016 conference is Valuing Volunteers.
The Keynote Speakers include Australian of the Year, Lieutenant General David Morrison AO, Incident Controller of the Gulf Oil Disaster, Michael Utsler and medical pioneer, Dr. Fiona Wood FRACS AM.  The conference program will include various tour options, including the Perth Fire Station and the WA Police Maylands Incident Control Centre. 
For regional delegates, DFES will cover the costs of twin share accommodation and flights. 
The SES Awards Ceremony will be held on the evening of Saturday 10 September at the Novotel Perth Langley in Adelaide Tce near Hill St. DFES has again generously subsidised this event with tickets being $50.00 per person. Details for tickets to the Annual SES Awards night will be issued next week.

There are limited positions so all pre-registrations must come from the SES Unit and be emailed to the SESVA at   Up to two Volunteers per unit can be pre-registered.  The pre-registration will need the names and email contact details of your unit’s two nominated delegates to the SESVA Office, by return email ASAP.  To share the experience around we ask that a Volunteer who has not previously attended the conference be considered. 

The SESVA will then contact your delegates and confirm they may register to attend.
You may also list names of other unit members who would like to be placed on the Conference waiting list, should additional places become available.

Gordon Hall
SESVA President

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