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.


Land Search and Rescue Operation – Karijini National Park

A 72 year old woman was rescued from the Kalamina Gorge area of the Karijini National Park after she fell over and injured herself yesterday, Sunday 12 August 2018.

Just before 2:00pm the AMSA Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra advised Western Australia Police Force that a Personal Locator Beacon had been activated in the vicinity of the Kalamina Gorge.

Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers, State Emergency Service volunteers and Tom Price Police were advised of the emergency situation and AMSA engaged the services of a nearby rescue helicopter to assist.

Emergency crews arrived at the scene and it was confirmed a 72 year old woman had fallen and received a hip injury in the Kalamina Gorge. She was unable to walk. The SES volunteers carried the woman to safety and she was flown by helicopter to Hedland Health Campus for medical treatment.

The woman is believed to be from Victoria and was with her husband at the time of the incident.

 Personal Loction Devices

Statistics indicate you’ll be rescued within 72 hours of authorities becoming aware that you’re missing. Reduce that period to 24 hours (and usually less than 12 hours) if you activate a GPS-equipped and registered Personal Location Beacon (PLB).

If we’re planning remote travel, these odds should make the decision to buy an emergency location device easy – particularly as prices have reduced considerably in recent years. But the choice between PLB, EPIRB or SEND can be daunting.

Essentially, a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is an Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) for land lovers. PLB generally refers to a distress beacon operating on a 406 MHz frequency supported by a government satellite network, whereas devices using commercial satellite systems are referred to as SEND (Satellite Emergency Notification Device).

If you can only afford one device, we’d make it a PLB – because your life may depend on it. If you’re cashed up, buy both a PLB and a SEND.

Article by Scott Heiman

Read the full article -


Thanks to Jim Ridgewell from Gosnells SES for this information

Leonora Land Search Operation

On Saturday afternoon Police were called regarding a 74 year old man who had not returned from a short walk in bush land earlier in the morning. The man and his wife had parked in a rest stop about 57km south of Leonora and the man intended on having a brief walk, however it has since been established he became disoriented and could not find his way back to his vehicle.

Leonora Police attended the scene and commenced a search, with officers in Kalgoorlie providing coordination support. The AMSA Challenger search and rescue jet conducted a search of the area. The man spent the night in bush land.

Kambalda Police, State Emergency Service volunteers, and a local plane from Kalgoorlie were deployed to assist with the search yesterday (Sunday) and the man was located by searchers. He did not suffer any injuries.

Here are some photos including the missing man and some of the search team, and a couple of photos showing the local terrain.

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

  • DFES Says NO to SES Chief Officer In a letter to the SESVA dated 28 June Commissioner Klemm has refused to support a Chief Officer for the SES. This is very interesting, as all other States and Territories have a Chief Officer.  These meet on a regular basis as part of the Australian Council of SES's and discuss many strategic matters of common interest, including training.  WA is not a part of that group, which is very disappointing.  Experience over the past years has shown that many of the issues that are bought to the Association by Volunteers and DFES, is due to a lack of understanding and empathy of the SES and the legislation that applies to the SES Volunteers, or how they should be treated.  No one individual can represent all DFES Services at both the tactical and strategic level, given the differences in Acts, Regulations, Operational Doctrine and Training.
  • SES Numbers falling
  • AFAC
  • Issue Management
  • Future Dress Uniform
  • SES Merchandise
  • SESVA Elections
  • Volunteer Fuel Card

Read the full newsletter ===>

Smartphone App for calling Emergency numbers


The Smartphone App detailed in this article is a valuable tool that can be used by you and family members or friends if they need to call for emergency assistance from Police, Fire or Ambulance on the 000 line or the Police or SES for other types of non-emergency assistance while in a mobile phone network area.   By opening the App (once downloaded) it will quickly identify the phone users location by address (eg 120 Smith Street Dianella, WA 6145) and by GPS Coordinates (eg LAT: -3212743° LONG: - 115.85608°) for use when travelling through semi /rural areas. It also has a 000, 132500 and 131444 icon that can be pushed to dial the respective service you require.  When a person does not know exactly where they are the use of the application will speed up the process of identifying the users location before calling for assistance and passing on that information. This is critical when moving through a rural/semi rural environment with a mobile phone network.

Sixty five per cent of calls to the emergency Triple Zero (000) number are made from mobile phones, with many people unsure of their exact location. This makes it difficult for Triple Zero operators to accurately and quickly dispatch emergency services.   The Emergency+ app offers callers the ability to verbally provide emergency operators with their location information as determined by their smartphone's GPS functionality.

It also provides users with the contact numbers and a short explanation of when to call 'non-emergency' numbers such as the Police Assistance Line (131 444) and the State Emergency Service (SES) national call centre (13 2500).   "Once downloaded, the key functions to the app are the speed at which people can connect to either Triple Zero or the Police Assistance line, and the ability to pass on their exact location. Callers who are uncertain as to their location or in unfamiliar surroundings can then be auto-located via our system.   The Emergency+ app is available free of charge from Google Play or the App store.