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 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

16/04/2015 - SES Awards Its time to nominate


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

15522 SES - Nomination Form.pdf

15522 SES - Poster.pdf

13/04/2015 - A New HQ for Shark Bay SES

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.

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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.” 

13/04/2015 - DFES Single Sign on functionality

I am pleased to confirm the launch of Single Sign On (SSO) functionality will take place on Wednesday the 15th of April.  The introduction of SSO will improve access for existing and new volunteers by simplifying and streamlining the registration and login process.  On completing SSO registration, volunteers will be able to activate their personal eAcademy account; DFES’s online learning system, making it quicker and easier to access online training.

An additional feature of SSO is the ability for volunteers to link their SSO login to a third party provider such as Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Windows Live™ ID, Twitter or LinkedIn.  Please note whether you are a Volunteer currently registered on the Volunteer Portal or not, all volunteers will need to register for SSO using their existing Volunteer ID to continue to have access to the Volunteer Portal.  If you do not have your volunteer ID please contact your Brigade, Unit or Group representative.
Progressively, other DFES systems and applications will incorporate SSO functionality, therefore removing the need to login to these individual systems.  In the meantime volunteers and staff should continue to use their existing login details to access other DFES applications such as WebEOC.
For further information on how to register and sign in to SSO please click on the links below:
Volunteer User Guide
Important User Information and Contacts
SSO is instrumental in providing volunteers with seamless access to the eAcademy.  Not only is the eAcademy a key platform for our training strategy, it also provides a new way in which we can engage with, and train our volunteers.   I would encourage you to take the opportunity to re-register on the Volunteer Portal through SSO which will allow you to activate access to eAcademy.

09/04/2015 - News from Kalbarri SES for April 2015

Kalbarri SES News

Mac Holt from Kalbarri SES reports  with Cyclone Olwyn travelling down the West coast and forecast to pass close to Kalbarri, Kalbarri SES setup to inform, notify and prepare the local community for Potential Cyclone Cat 1 plus. Working with the local LEMC groups we were prepared and after the cyclone passed we checked all roads/residence at first light with no significant damage. Regular training all happened with a Search Team Members course run by Kalbarri in Shark Bay and a Manage Injuries course in Kalbarri attended also by volunteers from Geraldton, Carnarvon and Morrowa.

View the full report ===> Kalbarri-SES-Report-2015-04.pdf

07/04/2015 - Perth ANZAC Day Parade

2015 marks one hundred years since the dawn landing at Gallipoli during the First World War. DFES will once again be participating in the Perth City, Anzac Day Parade.
It is an honour for personnel to be a part of this significant national occasion to pay tribute to the men and women who have served, continue to serve our nation, and to the 102,000 Australians who have made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts overseas.

An invitation is extended to all DFES Operational personnel, including retired members, volunteers and veterans, to participate as part of the contingent in the Perth City, ANZAC Day Parade. We welcome all those who may not have had the opportunity to participate in this event previously.
It is important that on the ANZAC Day Centenary, all DFES personnel who are eligible to march are given every opportunity and support to participate, and Trainee Firefighter School 77 will be marching with their instructors.

Many local governments run parades for ANZAC Day and dress requirements for DFES Operational staff and volunteers are to be determined through the relevant local government in consultation with DFES regional managers.

Perth City, Anzac Parade

As a sign of respect and honour to the ANZAC’s, and the ANZAC tradition, a dress standard is compulsory as outlined in Annex A. Personal Protective Clothing must not be worn.  Assembly will be at the Education and Heritage Centre (Old Perth Fire Station) Cnr Murray & Irwin Streets Perth, no later than 0830 hours.  At the completion of the parade participants are invited to attend a hospitality function at the Education and Heritage Centre (Old Perth Fire Station).

All personnel wishing to participate in the Perth City parade are required to register with A/District Officer Gary Cope by no later than Tuesday 15th April 2014, on 9395 9566 or at gary.cope@dfes.wa.gov.au.

For dress requirements, view the full circular =====>Operational Circular 26 - 2015 ANZAC Day Parade.pdf


01/04/2015 - ANZAC Day March 2015

Perth RSL ANZAC Day March
This year is the 100th Anniversary of the landing on ANZAC Cove. As per previous years we are looking for SES volunteers to march in the Perth RSL ANZAC Day parade though Perth City.  Time: Marching Details and timings as per RSL WA web site: 

http://www.rslwahq.org.au/Commemoration/ANZAC-Day/RSLWA-ANZAC-Day-Commemorations.aspx      March off commences 0930.

Date: 25th April 2015

Dress requirements: As per DFES dress & grooming standards and previous ANZAC Day marches

RSVP: to projects@bayswaterses.com.au

All RSVP’s will be passed on to the District Officer in charge of the ANZAC Day march once an appointment has been made.
If anyone is interested in being a flag bearer please indicate this in your RSVP. The Flag bearer/s will be chosen in consultation with the SES Volunteers Association Executive closer to ANZAC Day.

There will be a practice march day on Sunday 19th April starting at 1330hrs for those that want to practice their marching especially if chosen to be flag bearer.
This is being put out before the DFES circular to give volunteers additional time to plan for ANZAC Day and obtain the dress uniforms if they do not already possess it.
While I am aware of local events throughout the state but it would be good to have a good number of volunteers representing SES on ANZAC Day in the City of Perth.
Please direct any questions to Ash Smith via email: projects@bayswaterses.com.au
Ash Smith
Team Leader Bayswater SES            Mobile: 0438 134 274

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