The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)
(A prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)
"one Association many issues"
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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
News from Kalbarri SES
Mac Holt from Kalbarri SES reports there were two small Operations in September, Completion and formal opening of our 'Outdoor Classroom' and brief report on the Emergency Services conference are included. With regular training, fundraising and the usual and growing administration requirements of our volunteer unit filled our time this month.
View the full report ===> Kalbarri-SES-Report-2015-10.pdf
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR AUSTRALIAN HONOURS
We are now seeking nominations for Australian Honours Meritorious Service Awards, including the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM), Emergency Services Medal (ESM), Public Service Medal (PSM), Order of Australia and Bravery Decorations. I would like to encourage you to acknowledge the achievements of those who act as role models, make a difference and achieve their best. The process is easy and takes very little time to complete.
Recognition may be considered for demonstrated achievement at a high level or creativity for the development of a new and unique system, procedure or technique, as well as for outstanding leadership or voluntary contribution to the community that stands out from others who have also made a valuable contribution.
All DFES personnel and volunteers are eligible for Australian Honours.
It does not matter what position or title you hold - you are worth recognising, and you should make it a habit to recognise others as well. Your nomination will set an example and encourage others, multiplying both your efforts and satisfaction.
How to nominate
Nomination forms and information kits are available on the DFES Intranet and Volunteer Portal and can be submitted at any time during the year. Nominations submitted by Friday 30 October 2015 will be considered at the next Honours and Awards Advisory Panel (HAAP) meeting in early December. Nominations received after this date will be considered at the next HAAP meeting in early 2016.
Information about individual awards and criteria is available from the Rewards and Recognition Handbook or by contacting Rewards and Recognition via email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
LLOYD BAILEY AFSM
SES Showcased by DFES at the Royal Show
The Royal Show exhibit by DFES showcasing the SES has turned out to be very popular. The photo booth, static displays, colouring for kids and the climbing wall are most popular followed closely by the fire truck. Displays are staffed by SES and other Volunteers as well as DFES staff. There are a number of SES Volunteers rostered on each day and they are doing a fantastic job in assisting the public on their questions as well as fitting harnesses for the Rock climbing wall.
The pictures below show some of the displays and SES Volunteers assisting the public.
The DFES Display also won the Best Government Display for 2015 which is a credit to the organising team including DFES staff, SES and heritage Volunteers, SESVA and Project Manager David Nairn.
Woolworths Small Equipment Grants Process
Over Easter this year Woolworths conducted an event to raise funds for SES Units in WA. These funds have now been given to the SESVA to distribute to SES Units. The SESVA have set up a Small Equipment Grant scheme which means all units can apply for a grant as per the application form. SES Units wanting to avail themselves of a grant please request an application form from email@example.com and one will be forwarded to you.
These applications close on 22 November 2015.
SESVA President Gordon Hall receiving the cheque from Woolworth’s staff at Kewdale.
Participating in this year’s Royal Show is Western Australia’s leading hazard management agency, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), who will showcase various Fire, Rescue and SES appliances and a marquee with information and interactive activities. SES volunteers will be there in the famous orange overalls from Saturday 26 September to Saturday 3 October 2015 – pop in and say hello:have a go on a rock climbing wall
- have a photo taken in the photo booth
- let the kids have fun in the kid’s corner with heaps of fun activitie
- learn about DFES appliances and equipment on display
- find out about DFES recruitment and volunteering.
As well as SES volunteers, other career and volunteer DFES personnel will be on hand from 9am to 5pm each day to answer all your questions. So join us for what is sure to be a fun filled day. Operating 24 hours a day, every day of the year, DFES provides emergency services across our vast state on land, sea and air. With 2.5 million square kilometres of land in WA, DFES is responsible for the largest fire district in the world. DFES performs a critical role in coordinating emergency services across the state.
The IGA Perth Royal Show is WA’s most important and the longest standing community event. The RAS first coordinated the Royal Show as the Annual Fair and Cattle Show at Guildford in 1834 before moving to Claremont Showground in 1904. The Perth Royal Show has been staged continuously since 1834 except the years during World War I and II when the Showground was used as an accommodation and training base for military personnel including the 10th Light Horse and 16th and 17th Battalions. All major attractions are free. The IGA Perth Royal Show has 400 entertainers, 300 performances and nearly 100 hours of entertainment every day.