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

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.

 

Scouts Launch their “SES Badge “
On Saturday 14 April, her excellency, the honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, Governor of Western Australia and Chief Scout, launched a new badge for the Scout movement in Western Australia.  The launch was facilitated by the Belmont SES unit and was live streamed on facebook.

In attendance were over 150 scouts of all levels, families, friends, SES Volunteers and a number of dignitaries including the Scouts WA Chief Commissioner Barbara de la Hunty, FES Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey AFSM, SES Volunteers Association President Gordon Hall ESM, and Terry Healy MLA.

The purpose of the badge is to give scouts, of all different levels, an introduction and awareness of the SES and their role in the community. They will be able to tell others about this and in the future,  they could become involved in an emergency service.
The main instigator in bringing this initiative together was assistant Scout Leader, Hampton Park Group, Sarah Hamilton. Sarah is also an SES Volunteer at the Belmont SES unit.  Sarah worked with many people including members of the Belmont SES, Scouts, DFES and the SESVA.  It is hoped that this will be recognised nationally and other states and territories will follow this WA initiative.


The Badge


The pictures below show the Governor presenting a badge, FES Deputy Commissioner Lloyd Bailey being presented with a plaque, SESVA President Gordon Hall talking to the Governor and Sarah Hamilton receiving a plaque

 
 






Australian Day Awards
At the Investiture ceremony held at Government house on Friday 6 April a number of Emergency Services personnel were recognised. Her Excellency, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC Governor of Western Australia, invested all recipients with their awards

Emergency Services Medal
Mr Gordon Hall ESM
For service as a Volunteer to the State Emergency Service since 1993, and through roles with the Fire and Emergency Services Authority since 1998.

Australian Fire Service Medal
Mr Darren Klemm AFSM
For service to emergency management, particularly through the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, and currently as the Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner.
Mr Raymond Alan Bonner AFSM
For service to Newman Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service for 23 years, including as Captain for 15 years and currently as Apparatus Officer.
Mr Rodney Wallington AFSM
Ford Service to Western Australia Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and Bush Fire Service, currently as Chief Bushfire Control Officer.

Minister for Emergency Services Hon. Fran Logan MLA congratulating both Mr Klemm AFSM and Mr Hall ESM.




NARROGIN STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE

Parks & Wildlife Service, Wheatbelt Regional Director, Greg Durell, has been awarded the prestigious Silver Award for supporting State Emergency Service volunteers who work for his Region.  Mr Durell received the Volunteer Employer Recognition award from the Dept of Fire & Emergency Services, after being nominated by the Local Manager of Narrogin SES, Charlie Myres.

Mr Durell released staff on two separate occasions in 2017 during working hours to respond to; a search in Boyagin Nature Reserve for a missing man, and flooding in Narrogin and Highbury.

In July, a night search for two missing men in Dryandra Woodland was commenced by police and SES volunteers, with volunteers standing down at 5 a.m., Mr Durell allowed staff involved to manage their fatigue, by allowing them time off work.

Mr Myres said that the consideration given to emergency service volunteers by employers, was greatly significant in allowing emergency response, not just from the SES.



Kalbarri SES April 2018 report:

March 2018 saw Kalbarri SES volunteers busy with training and several jobs. With only 3 months of the year gone we have attended mare incidents than for the whole of 2017 and we expect that with new attractions and increasing tourist numbers visiting the area this trend will continue.

Operations attended in March 2018:

Northampton Storm:

On Sunday March 4th Kalbarri SES received a call to assist with storm damage in Northampton Townsite. On a hot 40’ fine day a freak storm hit the town at about 2.30pm with strong winds causing a swathe of damage north of the CBH bins and south of Stephen Street.  Heavy rain caused minor flooding while 6 properties received damage to roofs including one roof being totally removed by the strong winds. 5 volunteers in 2 teams attended from Kalbarri SES along with 7 volunteers in 2 teams from Geraldton SES. A Kalbarri team worked for several hours to secure the premises with the missing roof utilising tarpaulins and rope to completely cover it while the other teams attended to the smaller jobs. Volunteers returned to Kalbarri at 8.30 that night after a hard afternoons work and a long drive home with included a collision with a kangaroo.

Kalbarri SES are well trained and equipped to deal with storm damage incidents with appropriate tools, stores and equipment for 2 teams ready to deploy immediately a request for assistance is received.

Vehicle recovery Kalbarri Road, Kalbarri National Park.

On March 11th, DFES Communications Centre received several calls reporting a vehicle in trouble at Ross Graham Lookout in Kalbarri National Park. Details about the problem being encountered and location of the vehicle were vague and as a result a team of 3 volunteers from Kalbarri SES responded to locate the vehicle and render any assistance required. On reaching the turnoff to Ross Graham Gorge volunteers located a large camper van that had pulled off the main road across the hard shoulder and about 6 meters into very soft dust and sand. It become hopelessly bogged. Attempts by passing motorists to move the vehicle using snatch straps had failed. SES volunteers were able to utilise their vehicle winch and recovery tracks to move the vehicle onto solid ground. The occupants, tourists from Germany were then able to continue on their trip to Denham with no damage having been done to the camper van.

Damaged house Northhampton

 

Badly damaged house

 



How was your start to 2018?

Broome SES had a very busy start that actually began just after Christmas. Everyone was enjoying the down time before New Year when a tropical low headed our way. As Broome SES started to prepare the community for the possibility of destructive weather through social media the rain started to fall. Cyclone Hilda formed over the top of Broome itself increasing to a cat 2 as it departed off the shore. This was a little bit more rain and wind than we were wanting! Members donned their orange and headed out to assist the community as multiple requests for assistance came in.
The unit activates and over two days SES Volunteers attended 34 RFA’s involving flooding, water coming in to houses through roofs, windows and doors, holes in roofs, trees down on properties, etc. Thanks to the assistance offered by the Broome VFRS, BFB and Parks and Wildlife the members of the Broome SES looked after the town. Over the two days Broome saw wind gusts of up to 139 km/h while Volunteers contributed approximately 150 hours to callouts and incident management.

The Local Manager and his family head away on holiday after what was thought to be the busy part of the wet season…. But as always happens when the LM is away, the weather starts to build again. Another tropical low heading our way from the NT, looking like it has the potential to build into a strong cyclone and cause trouble for the already wet town. Social media is busy again ensuring that the community are as prepared as can be along with keeping them informed about the current warnings from BoM, DFES & Main Roads. The unit goes active again, ensuring that if this one is strong they are ready to deploy teams locally- and yet TC Joyce passes the town by without causing too much damage. Only 4 calls for assistance this time round. However, members still contributed 120 hours in preparedness.

Right, we must be done now then.
The manager has returned, two cyclones in under 3 weeks, that’s us………..
However, another Tropical Low forms and is predicted to follow the same track as both TC’s Hilda and Joyce.  Again, supporting DFES through social media the Unit starts preparing the community and alerting them to warnings, road closures, and information to help them to prepare for potential flooding with the predicted closure of the only two roads into Broome for supplies. This time the Tropical Low does not quite reach cyclone intensity, however it is a monsoonal tropical low travelling very slowly. This means that in just 24 hours, Broome receives 439.4 mm of rain (the wettest January day on record) and in total over 5 days it receives 697.2 mm of rain. This on top of already wet ground and fallen trees, roof damage etc means that the Broome SES is once again active. The unit stands up as an Operations Centre and the Volunteers work tirelessly to assist those members of the public in urgent need. This time urgently evacuating people from houses that were becoming unsafe to stay in due to water inundation, navigating flooded roads, again covering holes in roofs, fallen ceilings, trees down on properties, lots and lots of sandbags. By the end of the three days most members had forgotten what it was like to be in dry overalls and were dreaming of a holiday somewhere away from water! Anywhere away from water. They had completed 90 calls for assistance and completed 180 volunteer hours. Once again with the wonderful help from Broome VFRS, BFB, & Parks and Wildlife.
The town is now cut off both North and South and therefore effectively becomes an island in its very own right! Coles and Woolworths deliver food to the town by barge and plane as Roebuck plains is impassable with over 500mm of water sitting on the floodplains and road.
Once again, we tidy up and start to get back to normal but hold on…. You guessed it here comes the next tropical low……
Social media, preparation, ready the unit, alert the community to the warnings and here comes Cyclone Kelvin. Kelvin passes Broome dropping again a substantial amount of rain, in fact 376.8mm in just 24 hours. This leads to Broome recording it’s wettest year on record at 1506 mm and its only February! Just as the roads were opening and no- they close again. Due to the high water table at this point, the town suffers severe flooding again. Houses are sandbagged, residents are evacuated, already soaking wet ground allows more trees to fall and members don the orange once more, just as the laundry had dried out….
The next day Kelvin crosses the coast at Anna Plains Station. As soon as the winds and storms have died down enough Broome SES Volunteers are helicoptered south to help resident’s clear fallen trees from roofs and repair damaged buildings to make properties safe to live in where possible. Other members fly out to do food drops to stranded communities along Cape Leveque as some of those have not been able to get out for weeks now. Our now pro storm damage volunteers attended multiple requests for assistance and contributed hundreds more hours.

And its not all about storm damage…… Broome SES has also attended a remote rescue, and air search, and been on standby for other operations.

Now this was only the first 2 months of 2018 and Broome has already seen its wettest January Day on record, wettest February day on record and beaten its wettest year on record. As of late March, there are still inaccessible areas, with one resort having to transfer guests by boat and helicopter as 10km of its driveway are still underwater! What on earth does the rest of 2018 have in store for us……?

The Broome SES Team

Sand baging a house

Tree down on a car

Tree down on a truck