Welcome to:

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. 

Executive Council

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 and stakeholders managers to discuss operational issues
  • Membership of subject matter groups, PPE, equipment, training, communications and vehicles
  • Co-partnering with DFES to organise the annual SES conference and awards night
  • Attending AFAC conference
  • Attending Local managers meetings
  • SESVA website,twitter  and facebook management
  • Publishing SESVA Journal, calendar and diary
  • Attending to local issues when requested
  • SES Licence Plate Project
  • SESVA is currently in discussion with SES Volunteer Associations throughout Australia to form at setting up a National SES Volunteer Association to give all SES Volunteers a national voice. Currently involved and agreed to set up is SA,VIC,ACT,NSW and WA with talks to be held with Tasmania,NT and QLD who at this point do not have a Volunteer Association.
  • 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
  • Production of a new SES Flag


You can also read all previous news items in our News Archive

19/08/2014 - SES Awards Nights Ticket Sales


Time is running out to reserve your place at the 2014 State Emergency Service (SES) Awards.   The annual awards provide a valuable opportunity to recognise the hard work and commitment of Western Australia’s SES Personnel.   

Join us in celebrating the state’s extraordinary SES volunteers at the ceremony where award recipients will be announced. See list of finalists below.

Peter Keillor Award

  • Steve Cable – Kalbarri SES
  • Jane Campbell – Bayswater SES
  • Nick Elliot – Northshore SES

Team Achievement Award

  • Kalbarri SES Unit
  • Karratha and Roebourne SES Units
  • Tom Price and Newman SES Units

Youth Achievement Award

  • Rhys Cole – Melville SES
  • Michael Hall – Exmouth SES
  • Meggan Miller – Mandurah SES

The evening will include seated official presentations with Master of Ceremonies Graham Mabury, as well as cocktail food and drinks, and live music.

Details of the event are as follows:

Date:                  Saturday 4 October 2014
Time:                  7pm to 11pm
Venue:                Bellevue Ballroom, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ticket:                $75 per person (Ticket value is $185 subsidised by DFES)


Gentlemen:      Semi-formal (lounge suit with shirt and tie)
Ladies:             After five wear
Medals:             Miniatures

Secure your ticket by completing a Ticket Order Form, or by registering as an ‘Awards Attendee’ via the WAFES Website.  If you have any queries regarding the awards, please contact DFES Events and Promotions Officer Bren McGurk on 9395 9557 or awards@dfes.wa.gov.au

14413 SES Ticket Order Form EDITABLE.pdf

14413 SES Award Ceremony Poster PRINT.pdf

18/08/2014 - Rockingham SES AGM Report

Rockingham Kwinana SES Awards Night
The RKSES Unit held its AGM and Awards night on Friday 15 August.  It was a good night with a number of visitors attending, including Paul Papalia MLA, Councillor and Deputy Mayor Richard Smith from the City of Rockingham and from the City of Kwinana, Councillor Sherilyn Wood and Councillor Dennis Wood along with some staff both Cities (DFES were an apology).  After the formality of the AGM, local SES Manager Dave Beard conducted the awards night, followed by dinner.  Sue Casserly won the “Oops” Award for an incident with trailer, Lisa Gutterson won the Team Leaders Award and Michelle Hall the George Earnshaw Member of the Year Award.  Local MP, Paul Papalia MLA, presented Craig Chadwick with his DFES 10 year award plus clasp and Mike Wadley his 35 year clasp for his National Medal.   The latest promotion to Team Leader, Joseph Casserly, was announced and his appointment indicators presented.  Richard Smith, Deputy Mayor for the City of Rockingham, spoke about the Volunteers and the tremendous effort they put into their training and emergency response for their community.  The food was all provided by the unit with the main preparation done by Dave Beard.  A good night was had by all.

Some Pictures taken on the Night






18/08/2014 - DFES Conference places still available

DFES Volunteer Conference and Awards Night

There are still 38 places available for SES Volunteers at the Conference.  Cut off date for those SES Volunteers who do not require any accommodation and travel is 5 September.  The cut off date for SES Volunteers attending the DFES Volunteers Conference is 9am 19 August for those requiring accommodation and travel.  Please advise the SESVA at sesva.office@gmail.com your requirements.

Further to this the Awards night has on 80 registrations and is in danger of not going ahead

Please register asap or advise the SESVA Office any requirements.

Gordon Hall
President SESVA

18/09/2014 - Firey’s to walk for people in need

Firey’s to walk 500 kilometres for people in need

Western Australian Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are doing their bit to help people in need by undertaking a 500 kilometre walk from Geraldton to Perth.   The ‘Firey’s 500’ charity walk will commence from Geraldton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service station at 6am on 6 September 2014.   Organiser and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service firefighter Ron Winstone will take part in the event along with other career and volunteer emergency services personnel.  “The Firey’s 500 charity walk is a massive undertaking for a worthwhile cause,” Mr Winstone said.  “We are expecting more than 15 walkers and support crew to take part in the event, which is expected to raise thousands of dollars for charity.”   Money raised from the walk will go to the Burns Unit at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and the WA Emergency Services Volunteers Assistance Scheme (Hardship Fund).

18/08/2014 - Storms hit Southwest and Perth

Emergency services responds after thunderstorm hits Perth metropolitan and South West regions

More than 30 State Emergency Service (SES) Volunteers from Bunbury, Australind and Harvey units have worked tirelessly to help the community after a bad thunderstorm hit the south west region. Damage was reported from the Perth metropoitan region to Bunbury, Augusta and Margaret River, with 58 calls for help since yesterday late evening.  Carey Park in Bunbury was worst hit with 32 calls for help.    The majority of calls have involved minor damage to homes and roofs and fallen trees.    As at 5.29am Monday 18 August 2014 the Bureau of Meteorology advises the severe thunderstorm warning for people in parts of WA bounded by a line from Morawa to Merredin to Mount Barker to Dwellingup to Gingin to Morawa are advised that the Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been CANCELLED.
Now the thunderstorm has passed DFES advises you to:

  • Keep away from flooded drains, rivers, streams and waterways  
  • Be careful of fallen trees, damaged buildings and debris Keep clear of fallen powerlines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live 
  • Assess your home, car and property for damage
  • If damage has occurred take photos and contact your insurance company to organise permanent repairs
  • If your home or property has significant damage, like a badly damaged roof or flooding, call the SES on 132 500.
  • People are being urged to do what they can to help themselves, if it is safe to do so, before calling the SES for assistance.

Take extra care on the roads and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current.    Road information may also be available by calling Main Roads WA on 138 138 or visiting http://www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/

11/08/2014 - Well Done Chris Widmer

Chris Widmer - City of Bunbury Employee of the Year 2014

The SES Volunteers Association congratulates SESVA Committee member and SES Volunteer, Chris Widmer ESM, for receiving the Chief Executive Officer Employee of the Year Award for 2014.  Chris received this award for his demonstrated high level of dedication and professionalism to the City and in his position as Team Leader, Community Safety and Emergency Management.  It is very encouraging to see experienced persons in the Emergency Management field, such as Chris, be rewarded for many years of dedication and hard work to the Emergency Sector, both as a Volunteer and previously as a highly regarded and well respected staff member of FESA and DFES.

Well Done Chris

Gordon Hall
SESVA President

07/08/2014 - Great news for Gnowangerup SES

Gnowangerup SES to Get a New Building
The Gnowangerup SES building is substandard and should be condemned, however after visits by DFES staff, representations by the SESVA and input from the Gnowangerup Shire, the Local SES Manager, Les Nayda advises; “I’m pleased to say we have today been notified by the Shire CEO that the funding application of our new base has been approved in writing by DFES.
Thanks so very much for your help and all the work both you and the SESVA have done to assist us in securing this funding.  Your assistance has been outstanding and very much appreciated.” It is great to see Local Government, the SES Unit and DFES working together to obtaining funding to provide the much needed fit for purpose headquarters for the SES Volunteers. The Shire CEO has also stated that they will fast track the approvals process and expect to commence the building by the end of September.
Gordon Hall
President SESVA

04/08/2104 - News from Kalbarri SES for August 2014

Kalbarri News for August 2014

We have had another month of training activity with a roof safety training night with a practical roof access and safe practice (in the rain). But for most the rescue scene risk analysis and execution planning night for 3 scenarios was stretching the thinking more than the body. Particularly when volunteers had to communicate the analysis and also a SMEAC for resolution/rescue. This struck home for those who were unsure as to the reason for/true meaning of the SMEAC briefing. The Camp Quality group came to town and we put on a hot breakfast for 75 participants of their wesCarpade adventure trek. 

Read the full report ===>  Kalbarri-SES-Report-2014-08.pdf

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