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
Easter Message from the President of the SESVA
Easter is generally a fun holiday with family, traditions and festivities in this great country of ours. Bunnies lay eggs and children hunt for eggs. In the Northern hemisphere they are coming out of their winter and looking forward to spring and all the beauty it brings out, whilst here in WA, we leave the summer behind with fine and cool days upon us and the opportunity to catch up with people and relax.
For SES Volunteers it is usually an opportunity to catch up with people, do a number of jobs and ensure preparation is done for the winter storms that are only a month or so away. Since Christmas it has been a very busy time for the SES Volunteers, in particular assisting the Bush Fire Volunteers during their firefighting activities in protecting their communities.
This is truly the BFB and SES Volunteers protecting their Communities.
The partnerships that the SESVA is building for the SES Volunteers is providing awareness of what they do in their communities, as part of those communities. It is very important to retain the strong community links for all SES Volunteers in the future.
So far this year we have seen great exposure by Bunnings for many SES Units and their Volunteers, a media campaign by BHPB about SES Volunteers, including billboards in Perth, and now the good work SES Volunteers do is being recognised at many Woolworths stores in the lead up to and over Easter, as they have undertaken to support and fundraise for the great work that the SES Volunteers do in this State and the rest of Australia. Monies raised will be fed back to the SES Units around the state.
Some SES Volunteers have already been at Woolworths stores promoting the Easter promotion – see photos below.
As Easter approaches us, and on behalf of the SESVA, I would just like to wish all of the SES Volunteers, their families and their many supporters a very Happy and Safe Easter.
James Regan, Gone but not Forgotten
Don’t Forget to Remember Him
The 2nd of April 2015, marks the 11th anniversary of the only SES Volunteer in Western Australia to lose their life whilst on operational duty. The SESVA respectfully asks that a minutes silence be held during SES training nights this week as a mark of respect to James Regan (Jim). Jim, who was thirty-six years of age, had been a member of the State Emergency Service since October 1999. His work as a Volunteer of the State Emergency Service became a passion of his.During a rescue attempt in the Karijini National Park on the 2nd of April 2004 the father of two drowned. A tourist party had been in the Hancock Gorge area of the Karijini National Park when one of the party had become injured. Jim was part of a Cliff Rescue team of State Emergency Service volunteers dispatched from Newman and Tom Price, who worked with police officers and CALM National Park rangers to rescue the injured tourist. Late at night on the 1st of April the male tourist was hauled to safety.
Soon after this rescue was completed, news came through that a second tourist, this time a young woman, had fallen and was injured at the bottom of Hancock Gorge. The SES Cliff Rescue team set off that night to rescue the second injured tourist. At 4am on Friday morning the 2nd of April, as they were about to attach ropes to the stretcher holding the 25-year-old tourist, they were hit by a two-metre wall of water. Eyewitness accounts say that Jim was hit by the full force of the flash flood and he was swept away.
Response efforts included the immediate deployment of additional ground based personnel, an expansion of the operation control team, fresh vertical rescue teams from around the state and aerial reconnaissance in the form of helicopter support. Jim’s body was recovered around 1600hrs on 3 April 2004 by Police divers from Garden Pool at the base of the Hancock Gorge late on Saturday afternoon.
Soon after a full statement was delivered in the Western Australian Parliament by the then Hon Michelle Roberts, MLA, Minister for Police and Emergency Services.
Broome SES gets a new Local Manager
After nearly 7 years as the Local Manager of the Broome SES Unit, Laurie Hicks has decided to step down and take a well earned break. Laurie moved to Broome in 2006 after being a member of the Bayswater SES for nearly 7 years. 2 years later in 2008, he took over the Local Manager position in Broome. During his tenure, Laurie was involved in numerous operational incidents within the Kimberley region, including searches and cyclone and flooding events, as well as being deployed to other regions to assist with large scale incidents. He has also assisted as a Trainer on numerous courses throughout the region and was a qualified trainer in a number of SES specialist skills. His involvement and interest in vertical rescue over the years has encouraged other members to participate in training courses and assisted in Broome SES being recognised as a Primary Vertical Rescue response unit. Laurie was also instrumental in the transformation of the Broome SES Unit building. Successfully obtaining a grant through ESL funding, he donated a huge amount of time and labour into the complete redesign and construction of the building, creating a more modern, open plan facility much more fit for purpose.
On Monday 9th March, at their regular training night, Laurie was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the DFES Kimberley Superintendent, Grant Pipe to recognise his outstanding efforts during his tenure as Local Manager. He was also presented with his 15 Year Service Clasp for his combined service with the SES within the Bayswater and Broome SES Units. We all wish Laurie and his wife Monica all the best for the next chapter in their lives.
With the resignation of Laurie comes the appointment of a new Local Manager for the Broome SES Unit. After nearly 4 years as a member of the Unit, and having been acting in the role since the start of the year, Rob Philips was officially presented with his Letter of Appointment by Superintendent Pipe. Rob and his wife Carrie-Ann have been regular and active members since 2010 and have been heavily involved in the recruiting, training and development of new members. Rob is looking forward to the challenge of the new role and thanked Laurie for his efforts over a long period.
Laurie Hicks being presented with his Certificate of Appreciation by Superintendent Grant Pipe.
Laurie making a speech – with Superintendent Grant Pipe & District Officer Matt Reimer.
Rob Philips being presented with his Letter of Appointment by Superintendent Grant Pipe.
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