Welcome to:

The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)


(The prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)

If you require emergency assistance for storm or flood call 132 500


 

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

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

"There shall be an Executive Council (Executive), consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Executive shall take care of the day to day affairs of the Association, and may authorise payments on behalf of the Association only in accordance with the Business Rules of the Association."

SESVA Objectives & Current Activities

Current News

You can also view Archived News Items going back to 2010 and Archived Newsletters going back to 2017.

 

Storm story from Coastal Districts

I trust you weathered the 'dust storm' followed finally, by some decent Rain to eventually wash it all down. Rain had to fight its way through 'horizontal' sand & dust clouds and started as raining 'Mud'.  Then 20mm of clean water arrived to top up Tanks.  Expected all sorts of callouts locally, so had the equipment trailer loaded with extra tarps and sandbags. 

WA/Police checked in earlier in the day, (Sunday May 24) to identify our crew numbers available. However surprisingly, No Calls received until 16:00hrs. By then bushfires had already taken its toll, North & South East areas out in Hill River & Mt Lesueur National Park.  All local Fire & Rescue, Bushfire, Parks & Wildlife units were deployed to control these fires.   “The Following to give you all an 'insight' to, Storm & Roof Damage.”

Our SES 132 500 line had received a call from property owners in, Coorow Shire. Eneabba SES (closest unit) were already on call in Three Springs & Dongara, so could Coastal Districts JURIEN Bay attend?  Dust was just settling, and rain had arrived. (16:05hrs) A quick call around to SES members on standby to pick up at shed & greenhead, then proceeded to Coorow. Raining and dark on arrival (18:35hrs) met with the Owner and assessed the scene.

Pictures don't do this justice. 'Branch' was the size of a fully grown white gum tree !   Shire had already been to site earlier, so had owner call them in to provide Front end Loader & Safety Cage. Owner went to Farm and collected his Travel Lifter. Fitted the Safety Cage to Fork Blades and secured in place. Complete with safety ropes and chainsaw's on board, up we went to trim off 'branches' that had pierced tile roof line in (6) six places. (Lots of 'clear below') Down at ground level again, Cage removed and guided driver to align forks above Gutter to lift away tree trunk while reversing slowly to finally rest the 'culprit' on the ground.

Now, we could commence positioning tarpaulins and tying off with sandbags. (Tarp 1) That done, over the ridge cap to remove & align broken tiles and position (tarp 2) and tie off with Sandbags. (Note; this short paragraph was, 2hrs long and did someone mention it was still raining with the wind billowing the tarps during placement ??) didn't notice.  Our Sandbag Crew did a great job filling & loading onto cage which made life a little easier.

 By the time we hit the ground, it was 21:58 hrs and our new AO based in Geraldton casually called in to 'see how we were going'. Advised him, it was now 22:02 and 'double time' kicked in. Admittedly, they had some 30/40 Callouts in Geraldton also.

Loaded up the trailer, thanked all involved and proceeded 'home' Arrival, 23:55hrs (apparently, midnight in no longer a 'number') so reported in at 24:02 to say we are all safe & well. Monday morning, just may be a little different?  Could tell you more, like Equipment Trailer was saturated inside, removed everything to dry out. Clothing to wash & hang to dry out. Chainsaw's to maintain & sharpen and on it goes. Life of an SES Volunteer. Now, About that late callout in JURIEN Bay?

Warwick Gibbons,  Chairperson 

Coastal Districts SES - Jurien Bay 

 

 



What's in this edition:

  • From the President
  • SESVA Buses
  • Yanchep Search
  • SESVA Website
  • Uniform Survey
  • Incident Debriefs
  • Meet Your Regional Representative
  • SES on Jacket
  • Facebook
  • WebEOC Changes
  • Gaiters
  • SES Uniform
  • Fridge
  • Upper Great Southern Representative
  • Historical Photo's
  • Website Update
  • A Local Managers View
  • A Big Thank You
  • SESVA Election
  • How to keep informed
  • Letter from the Commissioner