The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)
(A prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)
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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 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
Rockingham-Kwinana SES Awards Night
The 2015 Awards Night for the Rockingham SES Unit was held on Friday night 20 November. The guests included a/g Superintendent Peter Sutton, District officer Will Blackshaw, City of Kwinana Councillor Wood, City of Rockingham’s Helen Edwards, and a surprise drop in of the previous local Manager Mike Wadley. A good time was had by all.
A number of presentations were made;
- a/g Superintendent Peter Sutton presented the DFES Ten Year Service Medals to Ian Renton, Jim Bratby (in absentia) and Ant Rees.
- The Section Leader’s Award went to Laura Brabazon
- The Oops Award went to Tim Lambert (for dropping the emergency power room key into the fuel tank)
- As the recipient of the George Earnshaw Award was unavailable this will be announced and presented at training.
Laura Brabazon being presented with the Sections Leader Award by Dave Beard Local Manager
Bunbury SES Awards Night
The Bunbury SES held its annual Awards Night at the Highway Hotel on Saturday 21 November. There were a number of guests including District Officer Nick Elrick and the SESVA President Gordon Hall. The MC for the night was Selina Young; A lot of stories and fun was had throughout the evening.
The presentations made were;
- Daryl Bryden - Clasp
- LiLeng Ang, Michelle Eaton - National medal
State SES medal and meritorious awards
- Karen Widmer. Troy Axell, Blair Eaton – 20 year DFES Medal
- Kevin Scattinni – 15 year DFES Medal
- Keaton Widmer - 10 years
- Simon Leonard 5years
- The Local mangers award went to James Oliver.
- The Lefty Wright encouragement award went to Leanne Mitchell
- Honorary Life Membership was awarded to Keaton Widmer.
Volunteer Fuel Card Update
Registrations for SES Units (country and metro) to apply for the fuel card open today. The SESVA encourage SES Local Managers to apply as soon as possible as late applications cannot be accepted by DFES – closing date is 10 January.
Please press the button below to get the link into the registration site.
Applications for the 2015/16 volunteer fuel card are now being accepted online via the DFES website, please click on the following link and follow the online instructions:
Please have your Volunteer ID number to hand before starting the application.
If you have any queries please reply to this email or read the Frequently Asked Questions available for download on the DFES website:
Emergency Services Volunteers
The SES Volunteers Association (SESVA) acknowledges the dangerous work that all Emergency Services personnel regularly undertake in this State. This includes SES Volunteers, Bush Fire Volunteers, Fire and Rescue Volunteers, Marine Rescue Volunteers and paid staff from government departments such as Police, DFES and DPAW.
All of these people leave their families and loved ones to put themselves in harms’ way to protect others and their assets.
Today in particular, the SESVA feels very much for those directly involved in the devastating bush fires raging in the southern region of Western Australia. Our hearts and thoughts go out to all of the families, friends and loved ones affected by the disaster in the South of Western Australia.
The SES Volunteers Association humbly encourages everyone to pause for a minute and think of all those currently working hard to protect our community as well as those directly or indirectly affected by the emergency.
SES Volunteers Association
Cockburn SES Unit Awards Night
On 16 November the Cockburn SES Unit held its awards night. SES Manager Drew Devereux addressed the group and acknowledge a number of guests including the City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and his wife, DFES Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey AFSM, DFES District Officer Will Blackshaw, SESVA President Gordon Hall, Cockburn life members and Volunteers.
A number of awards were presented for service to the SES extending from 5 years to 35 years.
Mayor Logan presented the SES Unit with a picture depicting an emergency situation for display in the unit. Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey presented Mayor Logan with an orange tie as part of SES week and wear orange on Wednesday celebrations. SES Manager Drew thanked all attendees and invited them to stay for some food and refreshments. A good night was had by all.
Eighteen (18) SES volunteers from both metropolitan and regional units walked up to 20kms a day on foot in the search for missing hunter Reg Foggerdy.
SES Association President Gordon Hall said the volunteers from Bassendean, Mundaring, Kalamunda, Canning, Cockburn, Belmont, Norseman and Kalgoorlie excelled despite the extreme conditions and difficult terrain they faced.
“These amazing women and men were dropped by helicopter into otherwise inaccessible areas near Laverton and conducted their land search in searing heat,” Mr Hall said.