The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)
(A prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)
"one Association many issues"
Welcome to the website of the State Emergency Service Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA). The SESVA was formed in the late 1980’s with the objective of providing a focus for representing the views of SES Volunteers on issues which affect them. The SESVA has developed the ability to strongly voice the opinion of the volunteers where, when necessary, to the benefit of all the Volunteers of the SES, where the action of a single Volunteer or small group would not be as effective. The SESVA represents SES volunteers on a number of committees and working groups and has regular meetings with DFES.
SESVA role is to represent the views of SES Volunteers to all levels of Government, DFES and other agencies on all matters affecting SES volunteers and the way in which we serve our communities.
SESVA Committee of Management
There is a Committee of Management to control the Association. The Management Committee consists of the following members:
Powers of the Management Committee
The Management Committee is the deliberative body in the Association with powers to make and direct policy, make, amend, or rescind the Constitution, and generally to take such actions as it considers necessary for the furtherance of the Association and its objects. The general management of the affairs of the Association is vested in the Management Committee.
An executive council, consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and any two committee members shall take care of the day to day affairs of the Association. The executive council may authorise payments on behalf of the Association.
Objects of the Association
- Be an independent and representative body of the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia and the Volunteer Emergency Service
- Promote and communicate knowledge and information to and amongst the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia
- Provide an effective voice for the volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia
- Operate a fund or trust for the benefit of volunteers of the State Emergency Service of Western Australia
Current SESVA Activities:
- Regular contact with DFES Commissioner and Senior Executive to discuss strategic, policy and high level issues
- Monthly meeting with DFES Chief Superintendents and stakeholder managers to discuss operational and other issues
- Meeting on a regular basis with the Minister for Emergency Services
- Meeting on a regular basis with the Shadow Minister for Emergency Services
- Membership of subject matter groups, PPE, vehicles, equipment, training, communications and legislation
- Co-partnering with DFES to organise the annual SES conference and awards night
- Attendance at AFAC conferences
- Attendance at Regional Local Managers meetings
- SESVA website, twitter and facebook management
- Publishing SESVA Journal, calendar and diary
- Attending to local issues when requested by SES Units
- SES Vehicle Licence Plate Project
- SESVA has a seat on both the National SESVA Board and National Council – providing a National voice for SES Volunteer Associations
- Providing input to the National representative on the Australian Emergency Management Volunteers Forum (AEMVF) on matters that could affect SES Volunteers at a National level
- Development of a strategic plan for the SES Volunteers Association
- A member of the new Emergency Services Volunteers welfare and support fund implementation team
- Member of the Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) on the review of the Emergency Services Acts
- Regular communication from SESVA Regional Representatives to SES Units and Volunteers
- Provision of an SES Flag to all SES Units
- Actively promoting the good work SES Units and Volunteers do to support their community
- Promoting and facilitating sponsorship assistance to SES Units
- SESVA/BHP Billiton Bus Project
- Production of SES Merchandise available for SES Members to purchase
- Planning and conduct of the SES State Rescue Competition
- Management of the WASES Hall of Fame
- Plan and conduct and SES Social night (Shin-dig)
You can also read all previous news items in our News Archive
SES VOLUNTEERS MARCH IN PERTH ANZAC PARADE
SES Volunteers attended ANZAC dawn services throughout the State followed by many breakfasts and marches in WA towns and cities. In Perth, organised by Ash Smith, a contingent of 25 SES Volunteers marched in the 2015 Perth Anzac parade. Other Emergency Service contingents included Fire and Rescue staff, Fire and Rescue Volunteers and Bush Fire Volunteers. FES Deputy Commissioner Steve Fewster took the salute. Another great job by WA SES Volunteers supporting their community and the many Service Personnel both present and past.
Perth march led by SESVA President Gordon Hall
(Australian Flag),Ant Rees of Bayswater SES (the WA Flag) and Kylie
Griffin of Cockburn SES (the SES flag).
Editors Note - Please send us pictures of your Units ANZAC Day Activities to firstname.lastname@example.org
WinterSAFE Campaign by DFES
At a recent meeting with DFES they advised the SESVA that this year they will be conducting a WinterSAFE campaign. The WinterSAFE campaign will combine Storm, Home Fire Safety and Smoke Alarms into the one program. To assist in this, DFES will be running a pilot and are looking for Volunteers to be Champions and assist in the campaign in eight areas.
The areas that will require Champions from SES Units include Cockburn, Mandurah, Northshore, Wanneroo, Augusta/Margaret River, Busselton, Bunbury and Albany.
For those who are interested in being involved in Championing this program you will need to seek your Ses Local Manager’s approval and then email details to the SESVA at email@example.com as soon as possible
These details will then be forwarded to Elena Pratt at DFES
Water Bomber Trial Drops
SES Volunteers assisted with Water Bomber operations at Serpentine airfield during air-drop trials on Tuesday 14th April 2015 . SES volunteers from South Perth - Canning and Kalamunda attended, collecting & measuring water samples in order to access the effectiveness of varying drop heights & forward speeds.
It was a good day (0700 - 1630), hard work, lots of walking & bending/kneeling down, but worthwhile. DFES provided their normal splendid lunch.
Some pictures taken on the day:
SESVA President Gordon Hall says it’s time to nominate your volunteers for this year “SES Awards” as nominations are Now Open and it’s time to act. Gordon said as "we know SES volunteers play an integral part in the safety of our communities and these awards help recognise outstanding SES volunteers, either individually or as a team, who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them".
I encourage Units to nominate their SES volunteers for these prestigious Awards.
The awards are in the following categories:
- Peter Keillor Award – Recognising a volunteer who has gone beyond the call of duty in demonstrating a high level of commitment to the SES.
- Team Achievement Award – Recognising a unit or team that has initiated a new idea, worked collectively to achieve outstanding results in a particular area, or undertaken a community awareness project
- Youth Achievement Award – Recognising a volunteer 25 years or younger who has made an outstanding contribution to the SES.
- All nominees must be active, operational members of their SES unit.
Download the nomination form at: http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/newsandmedia/awards/Pages/default.aspx
Nominations close Friday 29 May 2015
The New SES Building at Shark Bay
The official opening of the Shark Bay State Emergency Service unit building Co-located with the Shark Bay Volunteer Marine Rescue Group and Shark Bay St. John’s ambulance sub centre took place on Friday March 6th.
The opening was the culmination of over five years work by the local emergency service groups. The emergency services precinct that was established by the Shire of Shark Bay houses the SES unit as well as the St. John’s ambulance sub centre and the Shark Bay VMR. There are administration, training and operations facilities for the SES and St. John’s as well as storage facilities for them as well as the VMR group. Although the building had been in place for a while, the final fit out with communication equipment and radios was just completed prior to the opening.
Commenting on the building completion, unit manager Joe McLaughlin wished to thank all those that had been involved with the project as it grew from a simple building replacement for the SES unit into a co-located facility. He thanked all those that have assisted and had given encouragement along the way. Joe mentioned SES District officers or district managers as they were then called have been a great strength. He said “DO’s Tim Dalwood, and Adrian deKleer as well as acting DM Rae Douglas who was Tim’s predecessor, deserve a big thank you for their assistance to get this building to what it is today.” Thanks also go to Horizon Power and Lotteries west for the assistance they have gave to the project. He said “The Shark Bay shire must be acknowledged for their great contribution and foresight in establishing this emergency services precinct. I am sure that the volunteers that will be based and work from here will appreciate the convenience and facilities that this building offers. Additionally, thanks also must go to the trust and support that I have received from the members of my SES unit whilst this building was planned, built and completed. To say that, when compared with our old facility “the new building is out of this world” would be an understatement. To move from a facility that had no water, hygiene or administration facilities to this, is absolutely wonderful.”
After the opening, Joe made comment about the previous members of the unit and acknowledged their contribution to the organisation. He said “We must thank and admire past members of the unit that endured and preformed to such a high standard. Life as an SES volunteer was very tough way back then when members had to hold various fund raising events to raise money so they could purchase equipment, materials and fuel to enable them to respond to incidents where their expertise was required to assist others.” He continued “Thanks also must go to the trust and support that I have received from the members of my SES unit whilst this building was planned, built and completed. To say that, when compared with our old facility “the new building is out of this world” would be an understatement. To move from a facility that had no water, hygiene or administration facilities to this, is absolutely wonderful.”
The building proved it worth a week later on Friday 13th March when severe tropical cyclone Olwyn passed over the town. The community escaped with relatively minor damage as winds of 80 knots that were recorded at the wind turbines swept through the town. The building did not sustain any damage and only suffered some water ingress in the shed.
The SES unit appreciated the support of the Denham VFRS both in the pre cyclone mitigation work and in the aftermath in assisting our SES members with post cyclone work. “The community really all pulled together and helped each other out with the cleanup.” Unit manager Joe said. “The decision by the shire to assist by having kerbside pickup of cyclone debris was instrumental in speeding up the recovery process and enabled the community to resume near normal operations”
At a post cyclone LEMC meeting, Joe congratulated Horizon Power for the fantastic effort they made to restore power to virtually everyone in town by lunch time the following day. He said that this reflected the diligence Horizon power staff applied to their maintenance programme in maintaining the infrastructure. The unit received around 25 requests for assistance following the cyclone.
On the down side, Joe reflected on the stupidity of people that ignored the red alert and drove around the streets at the height of the high winds, he commented that “It was obvious from the behaviour of people that the unit needs to do more to educate people about the danger of cyclones. People have become complacent over the past 26 years since the last cyclone to affect Denham, or have had no experience or appreciation of the force of cyclones.” He continued “It is apparent that there is an element of “it will never happen to me syndrome” amongst a small percentage of the population.”