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
  • SESVA/BHP Billiton Bus Project


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

18/12/2014 - Employer Recognised in Broome

Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards program

Every year DFES runs a Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards program to recognise the employers of emergency services volunteers, who play a critical role in the protection of the Western Australian community.

This year, Broome Progressive Supplies picked up an award for their support of 2 of their staff, Rob Philips and Sue Robinson, who are also Broome State Emergency Services volunteers. As the Director of Broome Progressive Supplies, Scott Mills has generously and willingly allowed both Rob and Sue to attend incidents such as searches for missing people, storm damage incidents and logistical support for bushfires during their work time.

Matt said “DFES developed the Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards to acknowledge the invaluable support that employers provide to their staff who are also emergency services volunteers. This support significantly contributes to the delivery of vital emergency services to the community and ensures that there is a timely and effective response to any emergency incidents or events that may occur.”

Matt Reimer
Natural Hazards District Officer | West Kimberley | Department of Fire and Emergency Services
Kimberley DFES House | Corner Carnarvon & Frederick Streets | Locked Bag 2743 Broome WA 6725
T: 08 9158 3209 | F: 08 9193 6744  |  M: 0417 977 584 | E: matthew.reimer@dfes.wa.gov.au

Left to right – Rob Philips, DFES District Officer Matt Reimer, Director of Broome Progressive Supplies Scott Mills and Sue Robinson – outside Broome Progressive Supplies.

17/12/2014 - SESVA Christmas Message 2014

Here we are in the middle of the Festive Season – What a fantastic time of the year to be enjoyed by all.

As we think about what matters most to us; our families, our friends, our emergency service colleagues, the many supporters and the communities that we serve, many of us will also reflect on this past year.  I look forward to the New Year with much optimism and in the full knowledge that 2015 will provide its own set of challenges, including preparation for what could be a busy year for all Volunteer and Staff emergency responders.

What makes this time of the year so special, is reflecting on what the communities do for preparation and protection of their way of life and assets. The Volunteers are the community and it is their spirit, their camaraderie, their dedication, that ensures the risks in their community are reduced and the general safety of all is the best possible, no matter which service they are in.  It is also the Volunteer Emergency Service Responders families, friends and supporters that make it all possible by supporting them throughout the tough times of emergency events.

It has been very rewarding this year in attending a number of the end of year and award night functions where many Volunteers were rewarded for their hard work and dedication by their peers. Many of these also included the more awkward or embarrassing moments which bought much humour to the evenings proceedings.
I have also witnessed many Volunteers this year in the field doing what they are trained to do during a response. To see their training and practice assimilated into the field is very rewarding, especially when they achieve their objectives.

The Association worked closely with many of the DFES staff during the year for the betterment of the SES Volunteers and their role. The support by the DFES Commissioner in resolving a number of the challenges the SES Volunteers face, has been greatly appreciated and is assisting all of us to do our roles more effectively.
One of the biggest achievements this year has been a grant to purchase eight buses to be strategically placed for emergency response by the SES throughout the state. These commenced rollout on 3 December and the last metropolitan bus will be delivered before Christmas. The appreciation by the SES Units and Volunteers is being shown by emails and photographs being received by the Association. Already the buses have been deployed twice in bushfire support and the feedback from the firefighters has been very positive.

It is well documented in this state and country that we get emergency events happening at this time of the year. However even though the SES Volunteers traditionally take a break over Christmas, they have a high level of preparedness if an emergency event happens and networks in place to respond immediately.  In closing, and on behalf of the SES Volunteers Association Committee, I would like to extend our best wishes for the festive season, to all the Volunteers and Staff involved in the emergency services, your families and many supporters and to thank you for your continuing support to your community.

Please have a safe and happy festive break.

Gordon Hall
SESVA President
December 2014

12/12/2014 - Armadale SES receives their Bus

On Wednesday night Santa came early to the Armadale SES Unit.  Following the unit’s end of year presentation of training certificates and various awards SESVA President Gordon Hall announced the arrival of the third SESVA-BHP Billiton Bus.  Present at the occasion were a number of invited guest including:

  • Mr Nathan Hall Community Emergency Services Coordinator
  • Mr Don Randall Federal Member for Parliament
  • Mr Glenn Luton and wife Maureen City of Armadale Depot supervisor
  • Mr Mark Geary acting on behalf of the Mayor
  • Mr Chris Kin Maung DFES -  District Officer

SESVA Representatives

  • Gordon Hall President
  • Phillip Petersen ESM
  • John Capes OAM

After Gordon announced the arrival of the bus unit members spend time inspecting and testing the features of the bus and posing for group pictures. To say the unit members were delighted with their latest vehicle would be the understatement of the year.  This is the third of the buses to be presented to SES Units. Rockingham/Kwinana were presented with their bus on Tuesday at a low key event which I am sure will be followed with an official occasion in the future.

SESVA President Gordon Hall presents the keys to Local Manager Peter Clark and Deputy Connie Eikelboom

Group Picture with a big thumbs up to BHP Billiton and the SESVA

Local Manager Peter Clark and Deputy Connie Eikelboom acknowledge the sponsor for the bus Project BHP Billiton

05/12/2014 Bunnings Fund Raiser

Bunnings Fund Raiser for Emergency Services

The SESVA has sent an email to all SES Units advising them that Bunnings will be supporting a number of emergency service Volunteer groups in January 2015.  The Bunnings Staff will be manning an Aussie Barbeque at all stores on Saturday 24 January 2015.  All funds raised will be going directly to support of local Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service Brigades, Groups or Units.  Each Bunnings store will choose which group they wish to support. Many stores have chosen to support more than one group.

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