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SES Volunteer Social Shin-dig
The SESVA in partnership with the Bayswater SES are organising an informal social event for SES Volunteers and their partners. The purpose of the social night is for SES Volunteers and their partners to network with other Volunteers in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. It will be on a Friday evening in March (28). If this is successful then it may be organised for March each year.
View the flyer ===>SES Social Shindig 2014.pdf
SESVA to Facilitate Trainer/Assessor (BSZ) Upgrades
Traditionally the SES Volunteers train and assess SES Volunteers in most skill sets. DFES has offered SES Volunteers an online option (which is unpalatable for many Volunteers) to upgrade their BSZ and pre-January 2011 TAA Trainer/Assessor competencies. As a consequence many have fallen behind in what is required to keep their currency for delivering and assessing training, so the SESVA have worked on a program for BSZ upgrades in the Metropolitan area. There will be follow up sessions for the SW, LSW and Great Southern. The SESVA has limited funding so are unable to travel to other regions for this upgrade.
Read the Presidents report, dates and timings ====>Training Assessor article.pdf
SES Volunteers Honour Past Director
More than 30 SES Volunteers and ex staff of the State Emergency Service attended the funeral of past Regional Director Nial Wilmot. Nial was a highly regarded and well respected leader and friend to many SES Volunteers in the South West of the state as well as a colleague to many ex staff. Nial trained, coached and mentored many of the SES Volunteers in rescue and other emergency management areas. Some of these Volunteers have gone on to become career officers within the Emergency Services sector.
Nial’s professionalism and unselfish approach to assisting the SES Volunteers and community during natural or man-made disasters was second to none. His style of leadership changed the way the SES did business in the South West to one of professional teams operating to very high standards. Nial had joined the WA SES in the mid-1980s and retired in the early 2000s. The Eulogy was given by Nial’s brother-in-law and gave a good overview of his military and family life. Nial will be remembered by many SES Volunteers and staff for many years to come. May he rest in peace
Group picture of SES Volunteers who attended the funeral
SES App for Queenslanders
QUEENSLANDERS needing urgent help in a disaster can now get in contact with the State Emergency Services (SES) via a new app on their mobile phones. Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey said the SES Assistance App was another way for people to get help, and delivered on the Government's promise to revitalise frontline services.
"The SES Assistance App enables the public to log a request for help instead of phoning and waiting on hold during peak times," Mr Dempsey said. "The app is simple to use and captures the vital information the SES requires to prioritise and manage requests from the public." Mr Dempsey said the app would save an incredible 800 minutes of manual work each summer storm by automatically capturing the job information and assigning it to the relevant region.
"Previously the Emergency Management Queensland watch desk had to manually add each request for help that came in via the telephone," Mr Dempsey said. "Now the SES Assistance App will automatically capture this data and save an average of eight minutes per call. It certainly adds up when you consider a typical summer storm generates around 100 calls." "By having a second way to contact the SES, this app should not only decrease calls, but also provide SES volunteers with all the information they need before arriving on scene," he said.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Lee Johnson said the SES aimed to provide a timely response and appropriate help where needed. SES volunteers respond to hundreds of requests during significant weather events, and we ask that those requiring assistance please be patient," Mr Johnson said.
"Most SES tasks are not quick jobs and often extensive work and time is required to attend to flood and storm damage. "I ask the public to remember that the SES is made up of volunteers dedicated to helping others and the SES will always put the safety of its volunteers first during adverse weather conditions." The app is available to download on Apple and Android devices via iTunes and Google play.
News from Kalbarri SES
Mac Holt reports that Kalbarri SES had no call outs in February and with the hot weather (close to or over the old century most days) it was good to have lots of flood boat training out in the cool river - as well as our normal evening training nights.
View the full report ====> Kalbarri-SES-Report-2014-03.pdf