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04/02/2016 - Kalbarri SES News for February 2016

News from Kalbarri SES for February 2016

Mac Holt from Kalbarri SES reports that each January Kalbarri SES has no regular/formal training after the Christmas break.  However, even though we had no call-outs we were still busy for the month.  With two flood boat 'informal' continuation training exercises and a cliff rescue 'refresher' and a community display on the river foreshore, we were not bored.  And we were able to show off some new equipment and do some recruiting

View the full report ===>Kalbarri-SES-Report-2016-02.pdf

01/02/2016 - SES Volunteers in action after Cyclone Stan

SES Volunteers conduct Welfare Checks with Pastoral Stations
Following the landfall crossing of Tropical Cyclone Stan yesterday, Hedland State Emergency Service Volunteers and DFES Staff headed out to conduct welfare visits on Pastoral Stations that were in the path of Tropical Cyclone Stan.  The Volunteers visited Pardoo Station and Roadhouse, Yarrie, Marble Bar and Nullagine. The response they received on their visits was positive, as Vicki Rossi from Pardoo Station said “Its reassuring knowing that whilst we are remote of any immediate assistance, there is someone out there, such as the SES  who we can contact before, during and after such an event and knowing that these great people “have our backs”. As most of these stations can and do become isolated by flooding following such events, it is an important role of the SES to ensure that lifelines are established and maintained with people on remote stations during and after to ensure the welfare of the people on these stations.  As it turned out during their trip through the region the helicopter they were travelling in required diverting to Nullagine prematurely to assist in the rescue of occupants in a vehicle that had become trapped by rising flood waters.

28/01/2016 - WA Volunteers Awards for 2016

Now is the time to nominate an amazing volunteer for the:


The prestigious Western Australian Volunteer of the Year Awards is celebrating its seventh year. Created to recognise the outstanding contributions of Western Australian volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and corporate volunteering programs, the awards publicly acknowledge these remarkable people and organisations.

Over 600,000 volunteers contribute 315,000 hours that equates to a figure greater than $39 billion to the Western Australian economy each year.  They are the backbone of communities in cities and towns around our state. 4 out of 5 WA residents volunteer sharing happiness and enriching our quality of life and social cohesion. The Awards are a chance to honour an individual, group or corporation for their above and beyond service to our community through volunteering. 

The eight Award categories are;

  • The Western Australian Volunteer of the Year,
  • The Western Australian Youth Volunteer of the Year,
  • The Western Australian Lifetime Contribution to Volunteering,
  • The Western Australian Excellence in Volunteer Management,
  • The Western Australian Corporate Volunteer of the Year,
  • The Western Australian Community Volunteer Organisation of the Year,
  • The Western Australian Volunteer Award for Ethnic Communities, and
  • The West Australian Newspaper People’s Choice Award.

Volunteering WA invite nominations of a special individual or organisation you feel is worthy of recognition through a 2016 Western Australian Volunteer of the Year Award.


NOMINATIONS CLOSE: 5.00pm, Friday 11 March 2016

The eight Award recipients will be announced at a Gala Awards Presentation Dinner during National Volunteer Week, 9 – 15  May 2016.  This magnificent event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Perth Hotel on Wednesday 11 May.  The Western Australian Volunteer of the Year Awards are proudly presented by the Bankwest Foundation and valued individual Award Partners RAC, Bankwest Foundation, Silver Chain, Karri Forest Motel, Pemberton, Adcorp, The West Australian Newspaper and Eduka.   The Gala Awards Presentation Dinner is proudly supported by Event Partners Ferngrove Wines and the Hyatt Regency Perth Hotel.

Nominations Enquiries:
JANE MASON, Awards Coordinator, T: 9482 4325 E:

Media Enquiries:
GINA CHURCH, T: 08 9367 1317 M: 0409 299 220  E:

27/01/2016 - Bunnings BBQ Fundraiser

Bunnings Great Aussie BBQ

The Bunnings Great Aussie BBQ was a great success and the fundraising figures for Saturday 23 January are very impressive.  Although it was a hot and humid day and some units were operationally involved it was seen as a great day for both fund raising and engaging with the public on what SES Volunteers do.  More than $470 000 was raised nationally for all emergency services that were involved.

In WA more than $83 000 was raised for WA Emergency Services.

Once the breakdown for WA Emergency Service Brigades, Groups and Units is received, the SESVA Treasurer John Capes will provide the detailed information to all SES Units involved.  Please note that every cent raised for the SES Units, based on each store that an SES Unit was involved in, goes to that SES Unit.

Thank you all for your participation in this Fundraising event. 

Gordon Hall
SESVA President

26/01/2016 - ESM for SES Volunteers

Australia Day Honours 2016
The SESVA wish to congratulate the following Western Australian Volunteers for their Emergency Service Medals (ESM):

Mr Robert William CRAWFORD, of Thornlie WA 6108 

Mr Crawford joined the WA State Emergency Service (SES) at the age of 16 and subsequently joined the SES's Communications Support Unit (CSU) where he has occupied all senior positions including as Unit Manager, Unit Training Manager, Unit Operations and Logistics Manager as well as being a team leader for the last 20 years. He has been instrumental in the rollout, training and development of the new Western Australian Emergency Radio Network (WAERN) having sat on the initial management committee for the project. He has also played a major role in the development of the WAERN training program both for career firefighters and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) staff, and also for DFES volunteers in the SES, the WA Bushfire Service (BFS), and the Volunteer Marine Rescue Service (VMRS).

Rob Crawford ESM

Mr Kenneth McLEOD, Fitzroy Crossing WA 6765

Whilst serving as a WA Police Officer in Eneabba, Mr McLeod joined the local Bushfire Brigade as a volunteer firefighter. To further increase his knowledge and skills base, he also later joined the local Coastal District's State Emergency Service (SES) Unit. After transferring to Fitzroy Crossing in 2004 he once again became active as an emergency services volunteer when he joined the Fitzroy Crossing Volunteer Emergency Services (VES) Unit. Due to his local knowledge and skills, he benefits the local community as well as assisting the Kimberley Regional Operations Centre in Broome, located 400km away, with the overall management of the incidents.

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