Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently asked questions about the SES

Orange is the international colour for rescue services. It's easy to recognise in most emergencies, i.e. in building collapse, in bushland, in forest and in the desert.

The SES trains to perform many different duties, involving many skills. There maybe times when dangerous situations are involved however through thorough training, using the right equipment, and the right processes the danger is eliminated.

All members are insured whilst performing their duties and training. Ask your local SES Manager about the details.

If you have a genuine income at the time of any injury incurred during an SES activity your income upto a certain limit is protected and all medical bills are covered

Joining the SES costs you only your time.  Life membership, should you choose to stay that long, costs nothing!

After a trial period (this may vary slightly from unit to unit but at around 6 weeks ) all uniform equipment and personal safety equipment (gloves, helmet, safety glasses etc.) are provided to each member.

No, the SES is an equal opportunity service and apart from a medical declaration form and a Police integrity check, there are no pre-requisites.

Providing the disability is not going to be a danger to yourself or other members all you need to do is declare the disability to the Local SES manager who will discuss the ramifications if any with you.

All Orange SES people seen on TV are volunteers they do not get paid. No SES volunteer is paid. The quality of the training and the volunteer's dedication produces such exellant results

When on active duty all food, accommodation and travel costs are met by the SES even if you are flown to Broome or Christmas Island to perform that duty.


Frequently asked questions about the SES Volunteer’s Association of WA

All SES and DFES unit volunteers are eligible to be members. Our constitution explains more about life and associate members. DFES staff are not eligible. A copy of the constitution is available from the SESVA office and on this website" see constitution"

The SESVA produces calendars and diaries for SES volunteers and to be used as advocacy tools in your own communities. The SESVA has a website, facebook page and twitter feed and a app for smart devices.

Funds raised from the advertising support or have been used for:

  • Administration expenses
  • Attending of volunteer conferences and regional meetings
  • Training courses
  • The association in conjunction with DFES Media & Public affairs developed a promotional video, which was provide free to all SES units to use as a advocacy tool
  • Association Flyers
  • Bumper stickers
  • Supports the SESVA benevolent fund

The SESVA was involved in SES legislation through:

  • Contribution of ideas/topics to be included in legislation
  • The association has projected a high profile during the review process and hsd conducted workshop and other activities to obtain volunteers opinions.

The SESVA has learnt that volunteer recruitment and retention issues are not just our problem. It is a problem that strikes across the whole of Australian emergency services. We are working with:

  • DFES for a coordinated approach to assist with these issues. 

Liasing with and casual involvement with SESVA is considered normal SES activity and is covered by DFES Risk Cover Insurance. If you decide or are voted in as a committee person, the SESVA hold a separate insurance policy to cover committee members for all association activities.


For More Information Contact:
State Emergency Service Volunteers Association of Western Australia
PO Box 333 Guildford WA 6935
Email: or


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