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ABOUT SES VOLUNTEERS

SES volunteers are a dedicated group of people drawn from all walks of life, backgrounds and professions. They have a common desire to make a contribution within the community by providing  emergency assistance. These volunteers make themselves available to attend  to emergencies, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as and when required.

SES volunteers care about their communities and are not paid for the great work that they do.  The SES is a volunteer organisation with aim to help WA communities in times of emergency and disaster.  Each year the SES receives thousands of calls for assistance.

The State Emergency Service (SES) becomes involved in a wide range of disaster and emergency related operations. To allow these operational activities to be responded to effectively and safely the SES has a responsibility to ensure adequate and appropriate training is available to its members. This training provides SES members with the appropriate skills & knowledge to enable them to perform their operational tasks and functions in a safe and effective manner.

The SES has developed a comprehensive training framework based the Public Safety Training Package that meets the operational requirements of the service. As a part of this framework a training recognition process has been developed which provides external and internal forms of recognition for specific disciplines. These forms of recognition include a range of Nationally Recognised Qualifications at Certificate II and III level.

There is also a competency maintenance system based on ongoing peer assessment recorded in a log book. This system is designed to monitor the skills and knowledge maintenance associated with specific disciplines.

Every volunteer who joins the SES receives initial basic training and Induction and Safety. Training is then based on their individual preferences and capabilities and the operational and functional roles of their SES Unit.

SES  training includes:

  • Team work
  • First aid
  • Map reading and navigation
  • Land search techniques
  • Storm damage repair techniques
  • Chainsaw operation
  • Flood boat operations and rescue
  • General rescue
  • Radio communications
  • Leadership
  • Incident Management
  • Driving vehicles for emergencies
  • Road accident rescue
  • Single rope techniques (abseiling) and vertical rescue
  • Observation from aircraft and supply dropping
  • Ground support for fire services
  • Catering
  • Traffic management
  • Community education

If you would like to learn more about how to become a SES volunteer  telephone, SES Volunteering & Youth Services Branch on 1800 628 141 or click link " SES Units" to find your closest Unit.

SES Units Operational Responsibility Profile


SES units have the following operational responsibilities within DFES (Department Fire and Emergency Services).

  • Building Repair
  • Cliff Rescue
  • Communications
  • Earthquake
  • Evacuation
  • Flood
  • Land Search
  • Storm/Tempest

Temporary Building Repairs - Tasks

  • Support emergency operations centre
  • Mitigation of structural damage
  • Provision of emergency power / lighting

Cliff Rescue

  • Provision of field headquarters
  • Advice on incident management
  • Provision of communications
  • Conduct rescue
  • Provision of access to trained personnel
  • Transfer of casualties to ambulance / medical aid
  • Provision of power / lights
  • Provision of field catering

Communications - Tasks

  • Provision of specialist advice
  • Provision of equipment
  • Provision of qualified personnel
  • Provision of Liaison Officers

Earthquake Operations - Tasks

  • Provision of emergency operations centre
  • Support of emergency operations centre
  • Provision of communications
  • Collection of operational information
  • Dissemination of public information
  • Conduct of structural rescues
  • Coordination of resources
  • Provision of traffic/crowd control
  • Mitigation of structural damage
  • Provision of emergency power / light
  • Transfer of casualties to ambulance / medical aid
  • Field catering
  • Assistance in handling stores

Evacuation Support - Tasks

  • Support emergency operations centre
  • Disseminate public information
  • Disseminate warnings
  • Management of assembly areas
  • Provision of traffic / crowd control
  • Provision of power / light
  • Provision of liaison officers

Flood Operations - Tasks

  • Provision of emergency operations centre
  • Support of emergency operations centre
  • Provision of communications
  • Dissemination of warnings
  • Dissemination of public information
  • Collection of operational information
  • Conduct flood rescues
  • Mitigation of structural damag
  • Field catering
  • Co-ordination of resources
  • Conduct of structural rescue
  • Supervision of levee construction
  • Mitigation of flood damage

Land Search - Tasks

  • Provision of field headquarters
  • Provision of search teams
  • Advice on incident management
  • Provision of communications
  • Conduct rescue
  • Provision of access to untrained personnel
  • Transfer casualties to ambulance / medical aid
  • Provision of emergency power / light
  • Provision of field catering

Miscellaneous - Tasks

Any task undertaken which cannot be clearly identified under any specific category are listed as Miscellaneous

Storm Operations - Tasks

  • Provision of emergency operations centre
  • Support of emergency operations centre
  • Collection of operational information
  • Dissemination of warnings
  • Dissemination of public information
  • Provision of communications
  • Rescue from structures
  • Mitigate structural damage
  • Provision of power / light
  • Field catering
  • Coordination of resources
  • Conduct of structural rescue
  • Tree lopping / felling


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