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 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
SES Volunteer Social Shin-dig
The SESVA in partnership with the Bayswater SES are organising an informal social event for SES Volunteers and their partners. The purpose of the social night is for SES Volunteers and their partners to network with other Volunteers in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. It will be on a Friday evening in March (28). If this is successful then it may be organised for March each year.
View the flyer ===>SES Social Shindig 2014.pdf
SESVA to Facilitate Trainer/Assessor (BSZ) Upgrades
Traditionally the SES Volunteers train and assess SES Volunteers in most skill sets. DFES has offered SES Volunteers an online option (which is unpalatable for many Volunteers) to upgrade their BSZ and pre-January 2011 TAA Trainer/Assessor competencies. As a consequence many have fallen behind in what is required to keep their currency for delivering and assessing training, so the SESVA have worked on a program for BSZ upgrades in the Metropolitan area. There will be follow up sessions for the SW, LSW and Great Southern. The SESVA has limited funding so are unable to travel to other regions for this upgrade.
Read the Presidents report, dates and timings ====>Training Assessor article.pdf
SES Volunteers Honour Past Director
More than 30 SES Volunteers and ex staff of the State Emergency Service attended the funeral of past Regional Director Nial Wilmot. Nial was a highly regarded and well respected leader and friend to many SES Volunteers in the South West of the state as well as a colleague to many ex staff. Nial trained, coached and mentored many of the SES Volunteers in rescue and other emergency management areas. Some of these Volunteers have gone on to become career officers within the Emergency Services sector.
Nial’s professionalism and unselfish approach to assisting the SES Volunteers and community during natural or man-made disasters was second to none. His style of leadership changed the way the SES did business in the South West to one of professional teams operating to very high standards. Nial had joined the WA SES in the mid-1980s and retired in the early 2000s. The Eulogy was given by Nial’s brother-in-law and gave a good overview of his military and family life. Nial will be remembered by many SES Volunteers and staff for many years to come. May he rest in peace
Group picture of SES Volunteers who attended the funeral
SES App for Queenslanders
QUEENSLANDERS needing urgent help in a disaster can now get in contact with the State Emergency Services (SES) via a new app on their mobile phones. Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Jack Dempsey said the SES Assistance App was another way for people to get help, and delivered on the Government's promise to revitalise frontline services.
"The SES Assistance App enables the public to log a request for help instead of phoning and waiting on hold during peak times," Mr Dempsey said. "The app is simple to use and captures the vital information the SES requires to prioritise and manage requests from the public." Mr Dempsey said the app would save an incredible 800 minutes of manual work each summer storm by automatically capturing the job information and assigning it to the relevant region.
"Previously the Emergency Management Queensland watch desk had to manually add each request for help that came in via the telephone," Mr Dempsey said. "Now the SES Assistance App will automatically capture this data and save an average of eight minutes per call. It certainly adds up when you consider a typical summer storm generates around 100 calls." "By having a second way to contact the SES, this app should not only decrease calls, but also provide SES volunteers with all the information they need before arriving on scene," he said.
News from Kalbarri SES
Mac Holt reports that Kalbarri SES had no call outs in February and with the hot weather (close to or over the old century most days) it was good to have lots of flood boat training out in the cool river - as well as our normal evening training nights.
View the full report ====> Kalbarri-SES-Report-2014-03.pdf