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.


Lessons shared from California

Kim Zagaris, State Fire and Rescue Chief for the State of California, Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), recently toured Australia and New Zealand as part of the Motorola Solutions Knowledge Event Series.
In 2017, after a five year drought, California endured its worst year of wildfires on record followed by heavy rains causing flooding and mud flows.
Chief Zagaris provided insights into the cascading events that occurred, the benefits of mutual aid and how California is working to clean up and recover. He also shared lessons learned and answered questions from attendees.
The series kicked off in Wellington on 18 May and travelled to Hobart, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin and finished in Perth on 1 June. Over 600 people from across the emergency management sector registered to attend the series which was free of charge thanks to the support of Motorola Solutions.
WA Police, DPAW and DFES staff including Volunteers (including several SES Volunteers) participated in the kowledge event on Friday  1st June.
Source: AFAC News Issue 79, 2018
Phillip Petersen ESM

Link to AFAC Article https://www.afac.com.au/auxiliary/publications/newsletter/article/lesson...

Update - 2018 Conference and Awards night

The SESVA are working closely with DFES on both the Awards night and the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Council (AFAC) conference for 2018.
DFES are the hosts for AFAC2018 – 5, 6, 7 September.  There will not be a WA FES Volunteer conference this year.
An email from the SESVA calling for AFAC Conference nominations has been sent to all SES units today.
This is a great opportunity to observe national and international presenters and trends in emergency services.
The email to units has the following details.
AFAC Registrations
The SESVA is now calling for a nomination from every unit and a second nomination to go into a ballot.
These AFAC nominations close on 28 June.
It is expected that the ballot for the extra positions will be drawn by close of business 5 July and units advised soon after that.
Awards Night – Friday 7 September
These are expected to be open for registration at the end of June and all units will be advised when open.  The Awards Night registrations will be done online, including payment.  The costs will be $50 for all persons attending (limited numbers) – except the Award Finalists and special guests.
Please note that only SESVA AFAC2018 registered Volunteers have travel and accommodation organised.

Gordon Hall ESM
For the SESVA Committee

National Volunteer Week 2018
Bunbury SES celebrated the Wear Orange Wednesday with the support of the City of Bunbury lit up the Koombana Footbridge in orange and Commercial Realty painted the Grand Cinemas skyline in orange.
The staff at City of Bunbury showed their support for SES volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week by wearing orange to work and bring a gold coin donation with funds raised towards lifesaving equipment for the Bunbury SES.

View the full report of Bunbury SES National Volunteer Week Activities ===>

SESVA Newsletter June 2018

The SESVA newsletter for June 2018 contains very interesting and informative news fro SES Volunteers in WA.  These include:

  • News from the President
  • Launch of Volunteer Resources
  • Fridges in SES Vehicles
  • Vertical Rescue update
  • SES Chief Officer
  • LGGS Progress

View the full newsletter ===>