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

22/07/2014 - SES Volunteers Rescue Man in Kimberley

SES cliff rescue operation in the Kimberley
SES specialist volunteers from two vertical rescue teams worked through the afternoon and early evening to assist with to rescue  a 55 year old man from Bell Gorge in the Kimberley.  The SES volunteers were from Broome and Derby.  DPAW Rangers and St John’s Ambulance were also in attendance.  The man was extricated by helicopter and will be taken to Broome Regional Hospital.   This is the second tourist that has been rescued this week in the Kimberley.  SES  urges people to be careful and aware of their surroundings when in unfamiliar territory.

21/07/2014 - SES Awrds Finialist

Finalists selected for annual SES awards

The 2014 State Emergency Service (SES) award finalists have been announced and the nominees highlight the outstanding contribution volunteers make to the community.   Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson congratulated the nine finalists and acknowledged the outstanding commitment of SES volunteers who are on standby 24/7 to assist the community.   "This year’s finalists have been selected for going above and beyond the call of duty, demonstrating a high level of dedication to the service,” Commissioner Gregson said.  "Whilst we recognise these outstanding nominees, we also reflect on the commitment and sacrifice of over 2000 SES volunteers throughout the year.”

"The SES responded to over 500 incidents across the State in 2013-14, including assisting with the high profile air search for missing flight MH 370.”  The finalists represent a diverse range of SES units, showcasing the varied role the SES plays in the local community, from responding to storms in the metropolitan area to cliff rescues in the Pilbara.  This year a record number of nominations were received for the prestigious individual Peter Keillor award.  "The high number of nominees reflects the outstanding calibre of volunteers across the SES, with this once again being a tough year to select finalists,” Commissioner Gregson said.   The 2014 SES Awards winners will be announced on Saturday 4 October 2014 at the Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services Conference.
The finalists are listed below.

2014 State Emergency Service Awards finalists

Peter Keillor Award

  • Steve Cable, Kalbarri SES Unit
  • Jane Campbell, Bayswater SES unit
  • Nick Elliott, Northshore SES Unit

Team Achievement Award

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

Youth Achievement Award

  • Rhys Cole, Melville SES Unit
  • Michael Hall, Exmouth SES Unit
  • Meggan Miller, Mandurah SES Unit

21/07/2014 - National Emergency Services Training Officer Conference 2014

NESTOC 2014 (National Emergency Services Training Officer Conference)
Announcing The National Emergency Services Training Award - ‘Recognising excellence in training and improved capability in the Emergency management/services sector’ 

The National Emergency Services Training Award is open to nominations from Registered member/s, both volunteer and career personnel, of a recognised Australian emergency services agencies that perform training and assessment as a part of their role.
To be considered for the National Emergency Services Training Award nominees should be able to demonstrate and provide evidence of the following:

  • Increased capability and performance of individuals and/or teams as a direct result of accredited training and assessment which they have delivered
  • Quality training and assessment delivery

A professional, innovative and skilled attitude and approach to the training of emergency services personnel.  For more information see attached flyer or contact annette@nestoc2014.com.au or 0411252388.  The National Emergency Services Training Award is proudly sponsored by Government Skills Australia.

Conference Program
The program for NESTOC 2014 is in the final stage of completion with the majority of speakers confirmed and packing their bags for Hobart on 30 September to 3 October.  A copy of the program is attached and complimentary access to the conference program and information is still available at our website (which is also an app):

To register for NESTOC 2014 before the end of financial year and to get the early bird prices, go to:

Addittional Information:

Conference Program - 18.6.2014 for email distribution.pdf

NESTOC 2014 - Sponsorship Information sheet.pdf

NESTOC 2014 Award Nomination v1.1.pdf

16/07/2014 - New LM at Melville SES

Melville SES Has a New Local Manager
DFES District Officer, Will Blackshaw, has advised that David Fyfe has been appointed as the new Local Manager for the Melville SES Unit.
David comes with a wealth of business experience including being an Accountant (CPA), experience as a para-legal and currently with the City of South Perth as the Infrastructure Planning and Emergency Management Officer.

David was first trained in rescue with NZ Civil Defence and in January 2009 he joined Melville SES and until his recent appointment was the Deputy Manager.   David was also a foundation member of the Avon Descent Swift Water Rescue Crews and at various times has held the positions of Manager, Deputy Manager, Rescue coordinator, Recovery Co-coordinator, Senior Rescue Instructor, and a Team Leader. Today he is a Senior Team Leader & Instructor for that group.

The Association congratulates David for putting himself forward for this role and his subsequent selection.

It is good to see DFES doing a Local Manager appointment in a timely manner and not let the unit members wait months or years – well done DFES.

Gordon Hall
President SESVA

16/07/2013 - Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA) 2014

Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards (VERA)

The annual Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards, recognise the significant role played by a number of employers and self-employed volunteers in the delivery of emergency services in Western Australia.   Many emergency services volunteer responders would find it difficult to uphold their commitments to their community without their support and these awards are a way to acknowledge that support.
Nominations for VERA close at 5pm Monday 25 August 2014.
For further details, or a nomination form please access this link on the DFES website: http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au/volunteers/Pages/employerrecognition.aspx
Gordon Hall
President SESVA

15/07/2014 - Its time to nominate


The advantages of registering early is you are more likely to be placed in a hotel with the majority of other SES delegates.  You will be able to attend the Welcome Sundowner (places are limited), and you can attend the facility tour (also limited places).

If you haven’t nominated your unit delegates, please do so by return email ASAP, so we can forward their invitation to register. 

Each SES Unit is invited to nominate two SES volunteers to attend the 2014 FES Conference in October.
Registrations for the conference will close on 1st August 2014, but only nominated delegates may register to attend.
DFES has requested Volunteer Associations facilitate registrations, so,
The SESVA will then send each nominated delegate an invitation to register.
DFES will assist endorsed regional volunteer delegates to attend the 2014 Conference by:

  • meeting the cost of travel, to and from the Conference
  • meeting the costs of accommodation for the duration of the Conference
  • organising travel arrangements through travel agent - Carlson Wagonlit Travel Meetings and Events (CWT).
  • (All Award finalists will be separately invited to attend the conference and have costs covered by DFES.)

07/07/2014 - SES Volunteer Expression of Interest for IAVE World Conference


Volunteering Australia is hosting the above Conference on behalf of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) which will be held 17-20 September, 2014 at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.  The Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department has generously provided $150,000 to support scholarships for Australian emergency management volunteers to attend the conference.

There is one scholarship available for a Volunteer nominated by the SES Volunteer Associations in Australia.  Expressions of Interest are now being called for from SES Volunteers. The EOIs for WA should be received at the SESVA Office no later than Close of Business, Friday, 25 July 2014.

The EOIs must be sent to; SESVA.office@gmail.com or PO Box 395 Guildford,  WA  6935

Read the full summary and express of interest (EOI) information ===>CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST.pdf

04/07/2014 - Kalbarri SES news for July 2014

News from Kalbarri SES

Mac Holt from Kalbarri SES reports that in many ways a typical month's activities - An operational search call out, in-house training, running a weekend regional 4WD recovery course, general maintenance and community support for event river safety and a bit of fun joining in the event activities as 'pirates' (part of the event 'street theatre').

Read thr full report ===>Kalbarri-SES-Report-2014-07.pdf

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