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28/10/2014 - WOW Day

Wear Orange Wednesday (WOW Day) is a national initiative to raise awareness of and community support for the State Emergency Service (SES).  This year WOW Day will be held on Wednesday 12 November 2014. DFES will be coordinating a series of events on this day and throughout SES Week (10-16 November 2014) to recognise the more than 2,100 SES volunteers in WA who dedicate their time to supporting and assisting the community.

On WOW Day, a media event will be held at Blackwall Reach in Bicton to display the skills and competencies of SES personnel in a simulated emergency search, abseil and flood boat rescue.  To show appreciation for SES volunteers, iconic locations around the State will be lit up in a brilliant orange and the SES flag will be flown at the DFES Emergency Services Complex.  Staff and personnel are encouraged to show their support by wearing a flash of orange in addition to their usual work attire. An orange themed afternoon tea will be held at the Emergency Services Complex and regional offices are encouraged to host their own WOW Day events.  DFES will provide funds to SES units throughout the State that wish to host a BBQ, morning tea or similar event during the week to thank their volunteers for their hard work. Please contact your local District Officer for details.

I thank all SES volunteers, as well as the many families, friends and employers who support them, for their contribution and efforts over the last year and for assisting communities affected by natural disasters and emergencies with valuable relief and support. The delivery of fire and emergency services is a collaborative effort, and the SES, along with the all the State’s volunteer emergency services are a vital part of keeping Western Australian communities safe.


WOW Day Flyer - SES DL Flyer.pdf

27/10/2014 - DFES Thanksgiving Service

Annual Thanks Giving Service

The annual Thanksgiving Service was held, Sunday evening at St George’s Cathedral, Perth.  It was a special Choral Evensong conducted to celebrate and thank all the Department of Fire Emergency Services (DFES) officers, staff, chaplains and volunteers for the work they do.   This prayer said by DFES Chaplain, Reverend Ron Windgate summed it all up; “O God, our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble, we commend to your protection those who offer themselves in service to others. Take them into your loving care, and be with them in the midst of danger, that they may put their trust in you, while seeking the welfare of their fellow men and women, and knowing that in serving them they are serving Jesus Christ your son and our Lord. Amen.”  The service was followed by refreshments and networking.

Phillip Petersen ESM

Pictures taken at the service

Address given by DFES Chaplain, Captain Charles Watson

SES Volunteers enjoying the refreshments afterwards

VFRS Executive officer, Max Osborne AFSM and DFES Commissioner, Wayne Gregson APM

SESVA President, Gordon Hall and SES Peer Support Team Leader, Graham Fixter ESM

DFES Wellness Program Co-ordinators  Annelise Smith and Charlotte Hunter.

23/10/2014 - Commissioner presents medal to Craig Chadwick

Chaddy collects his National Medal
SES Volunteer, Craig Chadwick, (Chaddy to his friends) was presented with National Medal by DFES Commissioner Wayne Gregson APM last night at the Rockingham SES Unit.  The Australian National Medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations that risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster.  Craig joined the State Emergency Service (SES) in 1999 with the Morawa SES Unit where his value was very quickly realized. After qualifying in General Rescue and Storm Damage he very quickly became involved in road crash rescue, a prime role for the rural Morawa SES Unit.

Craig has attended many Road Crash Rescues and soon became competent as team leader and trainer in this skill.  His enthusiasm for Road Crash Rescue has led Craig into Road Crash Rescue Challenges as part of a composite SES team in Australia and New Zealand. He then shared his learning’s from these challenges into his Road Crash Rescue training so that SES Volunteers were trained to international standards.

Craig was the Morawa SES Local Manager for many years and was regularly involved in Midwest regional training. He was also a regional representative for the SES Consultative Committee and the SES Volunteer Association.  Three years ago Craig moved to Perth and joined Rockingham SES Unit where he was able to provide his expertise as a General Rescue and Storm Damage trainer.  Craig soon became the Rescue Officer and in the past eighteen months he has been the Deputy Manager for Rescue and active part of the Rockingham SES Unit’s management team.

Craig had been the principal for the Western Australia Agricultural College at Morawa and now is an associate principal at the Warnbro Community High School.
In his spare time, Chaddy has a passion for hot rods. He is a judge in a Hotrod Association and is building a car in his garage. More about that on his Facebook page.
Well done Chaddy!  Thanks to DFES Commissioner Wayne Gregson for personally presenting the medal.
Phillip Petersen ESM
SES Volunteer


Commissioner Wayne Gregson APM presents medal to Craig Chadwick

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