Welcome to:

The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia Incorporated (SESVA)

(The prescribed Association for SES Volunteers in WA)

"Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless"

by Sherry Anderson



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

"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.



The Mandurah SES annual awards night was held on November 27th. A highlight of the evening was the presentation of DFES Service Awards to 27 Mandurah SES volunteers. After the presentation of the 5-year, 10-year, 15-year, 20-year and 30-year awards the evening was topped off by the presentation of four 35-year awards to the Deputy Managers of the Mandurah unit.

Paul Dwyer – Finance and Recruiting

Phil Bresser – Operations

Phil Rance – Emergency Management and Logistics

Will Norris – Training

Between them, they have accrued 140 years of outstanding service to the State Emergency Service and the community. All have Emergency Service Medals and National Medals with two bars. 

The Awards Night was attended by DFES District Officer Will Blackshaw, volunteers from the Southern Districts Bush Fire Brigade, St John’s Ambulance members, Peel Amateur Radio Group members and Emergency Service cadets. Special guests included Mandurah City Councillor Merv Darcy and Mandurah Emergency Management Coordinator Myra Giardini, National President of the SES Association Gordon Hall, our major sponsors, the Mandurah Murray Mayday Club and Peel Community Bingo and Mandurah State Emergency Service volunteers and their families.

I feel extremely lucky to have such dedicated volunteers supporting me for the past 30 years.

Written by: 
Chris Stickland ESM
Unit Manager Mandurah State Emergency Service

Tania Millar Paul  Dwyer Chris Strickland Alison Kew

Mandurah city councillor Merv Darcy, Chris Stockland David Price Will Blackshaw

Rescue team winners

Our Tetris challenge started on Facebook with a goal to get 100 likes on our post and the Mundaring SES would take part in the Tetris Challenge for 2019. The Tetris Challenge consists of taking out every item from your vehicle and trailer and laying it out like a game of tetris and taking a photo so show it all. 

It took 2 days and we had our challenge set by our community, we booked in a Saturday with some members and hit the ground running. It only took around an hour to carefully lay out all the items, we moved some things around and took some practice shots with the drone (We had no idea how to use it!). 

Getting the troopy and trailer straight was the hardest part of the day! Eventually we got there and we stood back and waited for the sun to hit the right spot! So during the hottest part of the day on the hottest day in November on record, 5 of our members and 2 borrowed children (Thanks to our Unit Manager and Team 1 Leader) we laid down and took as many photos as possible before we all fried!.

Our photo came our spectacular and it really highlights the amount of items that the Mundaring unit take out with them on every call out. The photo was a hit on Facebook and our community were blown away by our haul. The feedback we received has all been positive and has given our little unit the boost it needed in regards to Community Engagement.


Mundaring SES Tetris Challenge 2019

What's in this edition:

  • From the President
  • How to keep informed
  • Learning and Development
  • Volunteer Employer Recognition Awards
  • Pride Parade
  • Merchandise
  • Issue Discussions


Cunderdin Exercises Quaker 2019

As part of the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) Wheatbelt Southern Inland Health Initiative 4 towns in the wheatbelt received new Hospitals, these being Mukinbudin, Williams, Pingelly & Cunderdin of these sites Cunderdin still remains under the control of WACHS, although negotiations are in progress with local government to discuss change of ownership.

The thought of a fully function building and associated buildings sitting vacant was too good an opportunity to pass by, so Training Manager for Northam SES Sarge Bottacin set about looking at a regional exercise with an earthquake scenario hitting Cunderdin, As Sarge said “a building and property site of this size doesn’t come begging often, it would be a great opportunity to enhance our skills in Communications, Search, First Aid, Basic General Rescue, First Aid, and multi unit involvement”.

So started months of letter writing, communications, meetings between WACHS and with Support from DFES Regional Office, approval was granted by WACHS to use the Hospital Campus for a Regional Exercise.

 With the first Hurdle out of the way, next came the months of planning and site visits, (With the amount of time spent in Cunderdin by Sarge & DO Matthew Breimer, residents in Cunderdin had started to think of us as being local residents).

23rd November 2019 was the date set for the exercise, and what a day, teams from Northam, Toodyay, Merredin, Mundaring & Kalgoorlie SES, along with St John’s Ambulance Service and Wyalkatchem Emergency Service Cadets (our enthusiastic casualties) all joined to what turned out to be a great day, WA Police Service were also to attend but unfortunate officer were called away for operational duties 

From the dramatic start when we had someone come screaming from the building and it was on, whilst all teams were allocated tasks, it was commendable to see teams giving their colleagues in other team’s assistance when it was needed, no questions asked, they just got and helped.

To add drama during the exercise Police informed Our Ops team that next door in the high school there were also people needing assistance (at this point we also need to thank Cunderdin High School in allowing us to use their site). 

So for three hours it was all go go go, with all finally coming to an end with a debrief and an enjoyable lunch and fellowship.  A great day, we all came home with alot of great feedback and areas where we can enhance and improve our skills at unit level.

Some pictures taken during the exercise 

The Casualties

Kalgoorlie SES Team

Mundaring SES Team

Northam SES Team

Merredin SES Team