One Association - Many Values

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.


The SESVA has been informed of the passing of emergency services volunteer Derek Fletcher OAM at home on Thursday afternoon.
Many of you would have known Derek whilst employed as an acting SES District Manager or Community Emergency Services Officer or through his 50 plus years serving the Kalamunda community as a member of the SES, Bush Fire Brigade and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service. 
Along with these achievements, Derek also spent time as a board member of the former WA Fire Brigades Board and WA Bush Fire Brigades Board.
Funeral details will be advised in the next few days.

As in previous years, the SES Volunteers Association is looking for SES Volunteers to participate in the Perth RSL ANZAC Day parade through Perth City.
This year, attention will move from Gallipoli to the Western Front, as we remember the thousands of Australians who died 100 years ago at places like Poziers and Fromelles.  More information can be found at:
The ANZAC Day Parade through Perth will start at 09:00 this year.
DATE:                      25th APRIL 2018
REQUIREMENTS:     As per DFES dress and grooming standards and previous ANZAC DAY Marches
All RSVPs will be passed onto the DFES Officer in Charge of the DFES contingent ANZAC Day March.
If anyone is interested in being a flag bearer, please indicate this in your RSVP.  The Flag bearer/s will be chosen in consultation with the Volunteers Association, closer to ANZAC Day.
For those who want to practice their marching, especially if chosen to be flag bearer, please contact Ash Smith via email There maybe an opportunity to practice with the WA Fire & Emergency Services Concert Band.
Please direct any queries to Ash Smith via email:
Please print out the attached notice and place on your Unit’s notice board.

With Kind Regards,
On behalf of

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – Volunteer SES Training Advisory Group

The Volunteer SES Training Advisory Group has the following objectives;


  • The group shall concern themselves with matters related to the
  • training offered through the Volunteer State Emergency Services
  • Pathway, its delivery, associated systems and relationship with DFES strategic plan.
  • The group will provide formal recommendations to be considered in developing strategies to improve training for Volunteer State Emergency Services personnel to meet current operational needs and requirements.
  • To improve the operational effectiveness of Volunteers through the group’s advice and recommendations into the ongoing development of DFES Professional Development Pathways.

There are a number of appointees on the SES Volunteers Advisory Committee, including DFES staff and SES Volunteers, from around the state.
The SES Volunteers Association, the prescribed Association for the SES under the FES Act, are calling for expressions of interest from SES Volunteers from the Metro area, Country North and Country South to be a regional representative of the Volunteer SES Training Advisory Group.

The expression of interest will need to;
1. State the SES unit you are a member of,
2. Outline your experience, both in the SES and other fields,
3. Have a letter of endorsement and recommendation of your Local Manager
4. Be no more than 2 pages long.

The closing date for EOIs is 1st March 2018.

Please address all expressions of interest to;
Lin Booth
SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia (Inc.)
PO Box 333, Guildford, WA, 6935

Important Changes to DFES

As part of the State’s wide-ranging Machinery of Government reform of the public sector, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) will be reducing senior executive positions and finding savings that will benefit volunteer services.
The most significant change is the creation of a new amalgamated division: Strategy and Emergency Management Command.  The new division brings together the Capability, and Governance and Strategy Commands, as well as the Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

The following document provides details on the restructure of DFES Management and and how it effects you as a Volunteer and your SES Unit:

Drone use hinders fire operations
Dozens of people could have been killed as a result of drones flying dangerously close to water bombers in two separate bushfires over the weekend.  A drone was just metres from the rotors of a water bomber as it drew water from a lake at the Port Kennedy golf course on Sunday.   Onlookers crowded around the lake to watch the scene, along with the aerial firefighting crew, could have been killed if the drone and helicopter had made contact, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) has warned.

In a second incident on Sunday, a drone was seen flying near the fire front of a bushfire in Australind where air crews were working.  Both incidents were reported to Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) with drone pilots facing possible fines of up to $9000 for breaking CASA Regulations. 

DFES Assistant Commissioner Gary Gifford said water bombers fly at around 200 kilometres an hour, often manoeuvring in poor visibility, close to each other and other obstacles - such as trees, radio masts and power lines.  “While it might be tempting to record footage, drones pose a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and people on the ground, who are often drawn to watch water bombers in action.
“If a helicopter goes down, it is unlikely that the crew as well as any nearby onlookers will survive,” he said.  Even a small drone colliding with or obstructing a bombing aircraft could have catastrophic results.

If you see someone operating a drone near a bushfire where aircraft is being used, report it to WA Police on 131 444.  For more information about how to fly your drone safely visit the Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s (CASA) website.