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.


WA Police Force’s Emergency Operations Unit recently hosted a visit from volunteers attached to the DFES SWORD Communications Support Unit.
The visit included a tour of the Canine and Mounted Section where demonstrations of those capabilities, including public order, drug detection and general canine deployment were conducted. Those attending also explored the Emergency Operations Unit offices along with the Incident Control Vehicle and Forward Command Vehicles.
David Murphy, from DFES SWORD said the members of the Communications Support Unit greatly appreciated the opportunity to meet with the officers from the Emergency Operations Unit that they work with so frequently, in an environment that allowed for collaboration and enthusiastic discussion of potential ideas to improve interagency processes that are not usually possible during the time pressures of an active incident.

“Stories of the hospitality shown by WAPol and the demonstrations by the mounted section showing their range of capability from crowd control and riots through to land search, and by canine showing how the handlers work with their dog for both drug detection and general policing duties, quickly spread through SWORD, and other units that had not been able to come were disappointed when they learnt what they’d missed.

“Another hit with the team was the tour of the EOU offices giving us a peak behind the curtain of how an incident develops from a missing person to a land search, followed by some show and tell with the police FCV and ICV and the CSU truck and support vehicle. CSU on behalf of SWORD welcomes further collaboration between SWORD and WAPol and specifically EOU to ensure we are able to continue to deliver the high level of service to the West Australian community in their times of need.”

Senior Sergeant Steve Scott, OIC of the Emergency Operations Unit, said it was a pleasure to host the visit.
“When managing land search operations or other incidents involving DFES it is not normally possible to speak to all the volunteers present, beyond the normal briefings and debriefings that occur. A visit such as this allows us in a small way to directly express our gratitude and provide an informal setting in which we can discuss each other’s operations and our interoperability – conversations that are hard to have at the scene of an incident.
“Over the years WA Police Force has made a concerted effort to recognise the involvement of all emergency service responders, career and volunteer, when issuing media releases on operations, highlighting the professional and dedicated emergency response that is provided across the state.
“Local police often get the chance to speak with their local emergency services, however for the Emergency Operations Unit there is no ‘local unit’ – so we look forward to hosting similar such visits in the future.”

Some pictures taken during the visit


SESVA Newsletter November 2018
The newsletter has important information for SES Volunteers in WA including:

  • From the President - topics include Toyota personnel replacement, dress uniform and SES Chief Officer
  • SES Buildings
  • SES Volunteer Experiences
  • SES Work Dress Uniform Survey
  • Training Matters

Please take the time to read the full report as there are many issues detailed which are of interest to SES Volunteers in WA.