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

19/09/2014 - DFES Conference Update


Conference News Update #3 
 Volunteer registrations have now closed  - Thank you for registering to attend the 2014 WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference.   It is great to see that almost 600 volunteers representing all services and WA regions will be attending this year’s event.  Registrations have now closed for the Conference, however places are still available for those wishing to attend an awards ceremony. Order your tickets before Monday 22 September 2014 if you wish to attend.
Travel Itineraries
Final travel itineraries will be emailed to regional delegates by Tuesday 23 September 2014. If you have not received your final travel itinerary by then please contact Carlson Wagonlit Travel on 02 8666 1706 or dfes@carlsonwagonlit.com
Parking Information
There is a range of parking options available at the hotel where you will be staying as well as at the Conference venue - Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Details are available on the Conference website under the Travel and Accommodation menu.
Live Practical Demonstrations
This year there will be a range of live demonstrations featured during the Conference.  From Road Crash Rescue and USAR Canines in Action to an RAC Rescue Helicopter Winch Exercise, a Responding to Hazardous Materials demonstration and the new Crew Protection Deluge System, there is sure to be something for everyone.

For times and locations view the Conference program.

Smartphone Application
This year we are pleased to introduce a free smartphone app, which puts the Conference in the palm of your hand.

You can use the app to:

  • Gain easy access to the conference program and floor plan
  • See profiles of all conference speakers, as well as information on exhibitions and demonstrations
  • Receive important conference notifications during the event
  • Participate in online conversations with fellow delegates via the event feed.
  • Stay tuned for more information on how to download the app to your smartphone.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2014 WA Fire and Emergency Services Conference.
For further information please visit the Conference website.

19/09/2014 - SESVA and DFES meet on Peer Support Issues

SESVA Discusses Peer Support with DFES
In a long meeting on Thursday night, Peer Support Team representatives Graham Fixter and Maree Brennen, and SESVA representatives, Phillip Petersen and Gordon Hall met with a number of DFES staff to discuss the Peer Support issues over a number of years, the current status and future of the SES Peer Support Team.  Many aspects were covered and a number of positive outcomes have been agreed to.
The main outcomes are:

  • The Peer Support Team is active,
  • DFES staff Steve Summerton and Allen Gale will work with DFES to ensure an effective activation process for the Peer Support Team be put into place by Operations Command as quickly as possible,
  • The current Peer Support Team will carry on in the interim until the new system is agreed to; and
  • A transition phase from the old system will take place as part of the implementation phase of the new system.

The SESVA and the Peer Support Team acknowledge that there have been obstacles, in particular government policy affecting recruitment of staff to assist DFES on this matter.  The SESVA commends the DFES team led by Anneliese Smith, including Charlotte Hunter, Ron Wingate, Steve Summerton and Allen Gale, in listening and committing to making changes to ensure the Peer Support Team can operate immediately and effectively in their support of SES Volunteers throughout Western Australia.

Gordon Hall

15/09/2014 - Kalbarri SES September 2014 Report

Kalbarri SES Report

Mac Holt reports that a night time cliff rescue systems refresher/training was a challenge as was setting a task to load a full 40 gallon drum onto the flood boat. DFES media came to video us for being a finalist for the SES awards night and we had a weekend LEMC joint emergency services exercise.

View the full report =====>Kalbarri-SES-Report-2014-09.pdf

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