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215/08/2014 - News from Gosnells SES

Community surprises SES with donations

The 2nd Chance Op Shop in Kelmscott celebrated their first birthday by donating $10,000 to four different volunteer Emergency Services this week.   Paul Hollamby, Local Manager Gosnells State Emergency Service (SES), and Connie Eikelboom Deputy Manager from Armadale were both present on Saturday to each receive a cheque for $2500. Another two cheques were given to volunteer fire brigades in Armadale and Roleystone.   “The recognition of the commitment and sacrifices of the SES volunteers to the community was greatly appreciated”, said Paul Hollamby.

Over the past 12 months 2nd Chance Op Shop has not only provided the local community quality items, but has also donated the proceeds to many community groups in the Gosnells, Armadale & Serpentine/Jarrahdale areas. These proceeds have exceeded $20,000 and allowed many other community groups to continue to provide their valuable service to the community.  Connie Eikelboom from Armadale SES said “This donation will be used to cover public education expenses not funded through existing arrangements.”

On Monday morning, Armadale SES and Gosnells SES sent teams to relieve Bunbury and surround SES volunteers, who were responding to calls for assistance that resulted from a cold front that caused significant damage in the South West.   It is worth remembering that volunteers would not be able to make this commitment without the support of their families and employers.

Training with the SES is open to men and women, of all ages over 18. Contact the Gosnells SES on 9459 8015, or Armadale SES on 9497 1266 to find out more about becoming a volunteer.

SES Volunteers Paul Hollamby, Connie Eikelboom, Ben Whitaker & Daniel Boston at the presentation

19/08/2014 - SES Awards Nights Ticket Sales


Time is running out to reserve your place at the 2014 State Emergency Service (SES) Awards.   The annual awards provide a valuable opportunity to recognise the hard work and commitment of Western Australia’s SES Personnel.   

Join us in celebrating the state’s extraordinary SES volunteers at the ceremony where award recipients will be announced. See list of finalists below.

Peter Keillor Award

  • Steve Cable – Kalbarri SES
  • Jane Campbell – Bayswater SES
  • Nick Elliot – Northshore SES

Team Achievement Award

  • Kalbarri SES Unit
  • Karratha and Roebourne SES Units
  • Tom Price and Newman SES Units

Youth Achievement Award

  • Rhys Cole – Melville SES
  • Michael Hall – Exmouth SES
  • Meggan Miller – Mandurah SES

The evening will include seated official presentations with Master of Ceremonies Graham Mabury, as well as cocktail food and drinks, and live music.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date:                  Saturday 4 October 2014
Time:                  7pm to 11pm
Venue:                Bellevue Ballroom, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ticket:                $75 per person (Ticket value is $185 subsidised by DFES)


Gentlemen:      Semi-formal (lounge suit with shirt and tie)
Ladies:             After five wear
Medals:             Miniatures

Secure your ticket by completing a Ticket Order Form, or by registering as an ‘Awards Attendee’ via the WAFES Website.  If you have any queries regarding the awards, please contact DFES Events and Promotions Officer Bren McGurk on 9395 9557 or

14413 SES Ticket Order Form EDITABLE.pdf

14413 SES Award Ceremony Poster PRINT.pdf

18/08/2014 - DFES Conference places still available

DFES Volunteer Conference and Awards Night

There are still 38 places available for SES Volunteers at the Conference.  Cut off date for those SES Volunteers who do not require any accommodation and travel is 5 September.  The cut off date for SES Volunteers attending the DFES Volunteers Conference is 9am 19 August for those requiring accommodation and travel.  Please advise the SESVA at your requirements.

Further to this the Awards night has on 80 registrations and is in danger of not going ahead

Please register asap or advise the SESVA Office any requirements.

Gordon Hall
President SESVA

18/09/2014 - Firey’s to walk for people in need

Firey’s to walk 500 kilometres for people in need

Western Australian Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are doing their bit to help people in need by undertaking a 500 kilometre walk from Geraldton to Perth.   The ‘Firey’s 500’ charity walk will commence from Geraldton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service station at 6am on 6 September 2014.   Organiser and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighter Ron Winstone will take part in the event along with other career and volunteer emergency services personnel.  “The Firey’s 500 charity walk is a massive undertaking for a worthwhile cause,” Mr Winstone said.  “We are expecting more than 15 walkers and support crew to take part in the event, which is expected to raise thousands of dollars for charity.”   Money raised from the walk will go to the Burns Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and the WA Emergency Services Volunteers Assistance Scheme (Hardship Fund).

Firefighters will walk through Geraldton, Dongara, Moora, Gingin and Perth. Motorists who come across the firefighters walking on the road are asked to exercise care and attention when approaching the group.   The walkers are expected to arrive at the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Education and Heritage Centre  in Perth on 16 September 2014.

Members of the public wishing to donate can contribute to collection tins carried on the walk or by direct deposit at any Bankwest outlet by using the BSB 036012 and account number 0892121.  For more information on sponsorship opportunities, how to donate, or how to get involved, email

18/08/2014 - Rockingham SES AGM Report

Rockingham Kwinana SES Awards Night
The RKSES Unit held its AGM and Awards night on Friday 15 August.  It was a good night with a number of visitors attending, including Paul Papalia MLA, Councillor and Deputy Mayor Richard Smith from the City of Rockingham and from the City of Kwinana, Councillor Sherilyn Wood and Councillor Dennis Wood along with some staff both Cities (DFES were an apology).  After the formality of the AGM, local SES Manager Dave Beard conducted the awards night, followed by dinner.  Sue Casserly won the “Oops” Award for an incident with trailer, Lisa Gutterson won the Team Leaders Award and Michelle Hall the George Earnshaw Member of the Year Award.  Local MP, Paul Papalia MLA, presented Craig Chadwick with his DFES 10 year award plus clasp and Mike Wadley his 35 year clasp for his National Medal.   The latest promotion to Team Leader, Joseph Casserly, was announced and his appointment indicators presented.  Richard Smith, Deputy Mayor for the City of Rockingham, spoke about the Volunteers and the tremendous effort they put into their training and emergency response for their community.  The food was all provided by the unit with the main preparation done by Dave Beard.  A good night was had by all.

Some Pictures taken on the Night






11/08/2014 - Well Done Chris Widmer

Chris Widmer - City of Bunbury Employee of the Year 2014

The SES Volunteers Association congratulates SESVA Committee member and SES Volunteer, Chris Widmer ESM, for receiving the Chief Executive Officer Employee of the Year Award for 2014.  Chris received this award for his demonstrated high level of dedication and professionalism to the City and in his position as Team Leader, Community Safety and Emergency Management.  It is very encouraging to see experienced persons in the Emergency Management field, such as Chris, be rewarded for many years of dedication and hard work to the Emergency Sector, both as a Volunteer and previously as a highly regarded and well respected staff member of FESA and DFES.

Well Done Chris

Gordon Hall
SESVA President

07/08/2014 - Great news for Gnowangerup SES

Gnowangerup SES to Get a New Building
The Gnowangerup SES building is substandard and should be condemned, however after visits by DFES staff, representations by the SESVA and input from the Gnowangerup Shire, the Local SES Manager, Les Nayda advises; “I’m pleased to say we have today been notified by the Shire CEO that the funding application of our new base has been approved in writing by DFES.
Thanks so very much for your help and all the work both you and the SESVA have done to assist us in securing this funding.  Your assistance has been outstanding and very much appreciated.” It is great to see Local Government, the SES Unit and DFES working together to obtaining funding to provide the much needed fit for purpose headquarters for the SES Volunteers. The Shire CEO has also stated that they will fast track the approvals process and expect to commence the building by the end of September.
Gordon Hall
President SESVA

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