Current News Items

DFES New Uniform

Well our newsletter article caused a very quick response.  There are apparently details of the new uniform on the HUB - something we were not aware of, and from our discussion with various SES Volunteers they were not aware either.  Details can be found on the HUB of the relevant circular by clicking on Circulars where it is accessible under General Circulars…or searching on Dress of the Day will also bring it up quickly.

The digital link is:

Just enter the link in your web browser

As part of their way of acknowledging and thanking emergency services volunteers for their service, the NRL will be providing WA emergency services volunteers the opportunity to free tickets to attend the NRL Nines on February 14 and 15 at HBF Park. 

Please see the attached link for details of the NRL Nines.

The links  for Volunteers to redeem their tickets are below.

There is one link for each day as below. 


Friday tickets:


Saturday tickets:


What's in this edition:

  • From the President
  • Offers to Volunteers
  • South Coastal Representative
  • SES Historical Items
  • SES Volunteer Records
  • Memorabillia
  • Health Fund
  • Volunteer Payment
  • Uniform
  • How to keep informed


Tex (Ronald) McPherson Awarded ESM

It will be an Australia Day to Remember for Tex McPherson of the Swan SES Unit, after he was recognised in the Australia Day Honours list, 2020, for his contribution to the Emergency Services. Tex was awarded the Emergency Services Medal by the Governor General of Australia, General David Hurley.

Tex first joined the Swan SES Unit as a Volunteer in 1998 and his leadership and training abilities were recognised very early in his Volunteer career.  He has been an outstanding SES rescuer, trainer and leader, who has, for more than twenty years, demonstrated outstanding skills in leadership and the operational and training environment of the State Emergency Service throughout Western Australia.

Some examples of his ability to adapt and succeed have included deployments to the Moora floods, Morangup searches, Gosford NSW fires, Norseman bushfires, TC Monty, Fay and others, as well as flooding in the Greenough and Gascoyne river areas. 

He has consistently maintained a high workload and standard of professionalism in all that he has done within the State Emergency Service and allied areas.  Tex is viewed as a good example of the abilities and values that an SES volunteer should possess and is seen as a person who values his integrity and is held in high regard by his peers and work colleagues.

On behalf of the SESVA President Greg Cook, Committee Members and members of the SESVA Tex is to be congratulated in being awarded the Emergency Services Medal (ESM) and thanked for his excellent service to the community, the state and our country.

Well done Tex

Gordon Hall ESM


Dear Greg Cook ( SESVA President)

To Greg

I wish to send our sincerest thanks to the SES Service and snifffer dogs involved in searching for my dad, William Johnson yesterday. At a highly stressful and distressing for us, they worked tirelessly and laboriously in darkened conditions demonstrating professionalism at all times. They should commended for all their efforts.

Thankfully,  my father was found with minor injuries, a considerable distance from the Mercy Care Residential Facility.  We are grateful that the SES were able to assist us and that the result was a favourable one.

Kind regards

Katherine Washington

22 January 2020


Woolworths Group says thank you to volunteer firefighters and emergency services with 10% discount.

Woolworths Group is saying thank you to Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Services teams by providing them with a 10% in-store discount* across Woolworths Supermarkets, Woolworths Metro, BIG W, Dan Murphy’s and BWS stores from today until Friday, 31 January 2020.

The discount is a gesture of Woolworths Group’s appreciation for the role Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Services personnel have played during the bushfires, but also for their ongoing support of communities throughout the year.

Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci said; “We are humbled and grateful to the volunteer firefighters and emergency service teams who have been risking their lives, in the thick of the bushfires, standing by communities to help them during this challenging period.

“This discount offer is a gesture of our thank you to them for their tireless service all year round to the community. We hope they’ll be able to take full advantage of it across our entire Group of stores from now until the end of the month.”

The discount applies to in-store purchases only when Emergency Services identification is shown. For a full list of eligible volunteer firefighting and emergency services organisations, visit


Meeting with Premier and Minister

The State Emergency Service Volunteers Association appreciates the WA government approach to consultation to the Federal volunteer compensation scheme. The Association President, Mr Greg Cook and the other four Association Presidents were invited to meet with the Premier, the Minister, the Commissioner and the Chief of Staff, Commissioners Office.

It was not what we expected. A few basic questions from the Premier to gain our collective thoughts which stimulated a great conversation between all attendees. I think we all may have learned some new sea faring terminology.

Simply put, the Association is seeking a position with the State that will see that volunteers are not out of pocket when attending emergency incidents. No we don’t what to get paid and destroy the ethos of volunteering. This is critical important to maintain our community’s resilience and encourage broad participation for all the right reasons.

A growing issue was also raised at the meeting that there is an increasing number of non-genuine charity collections based on the eastern states fires. If you or your unit are made aware of any of these practices, please notify the Association or DFES.

While we were on the subject of hardship, it was also discussed that many of the donations that are being received possibly could be channelled into the volunteer hardship scheme. As a way of consultation, the attending Associations warmly received and endorsed this position and the benefits that it will bring to SES Volunteers.

Stop Press Newsletter January 2020 - 

The SESVA is pleased to be able to advise Grill'd Healthy Burgers-Local Matters Program for month of February will be donating to our program to support Eastern States SES Units who need assistance.  

HOW IT TYPICALLY WORKS: Each month every Grill’d restaurant donates to 3 different local community groups, which are represented by a jar. With every purchase we offer our customers a token, which they then place in a jar. The group with the most amount of tokens in their jar at the end of the month will receive a donation of $300, while the other two receive $100. To learn more about the program, check out our website here: 

Given the current bushfire crisis they are going to be doing a Local Matters takeover whereby all WA restaurants will be supporting the same three organisations with a focus on our emergency services, wildlife rescue and post-disaster recovery – and the SES Volunteers Association of WA will be one of the groups. 

What this means is that for the month of February we will have a Local Matters jar in all 21 of our WA restaurants, with the chance to receive a donation of at least $2,100 and up to $10,500.

This support from Grill'd Healthy Burgers is really appreciated by the SESVA, and will definitely help our Eastern States SES Units.

Thank you Grilled Healthy Burgers.


AGL are supporting SES Volunteers in this stateIf you are a customer of AGL, and have been active in supporting our firefighters in WA or the Eastern States, then you are eligible for the credit mentioned in the AGL statement below.  Just claim the credit.

Support for volunteer firefighters and SES volunteers

AGL will support active volunteer firefighters and SES volunteers by providing them with a $150 credit per customer on their electricity or gas bills. The support is available to small business and residential customers. 

Registered and active volunteer firefighters and SES volunteers should provide their volunteer ID number to AGL customer service staff and the credit will be applied to their next bill. 

We know that at a time like this, energy bills are probably the last thing on the minds of volunteers. 

But when they have time to think about their own position, they can contact AGL at their convenience on 131 245 at any time before 7 July 2020 to claim the credit. Our customer service centres are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Volunteer Compensation for SES Volunteers

The WA SES VA Executive through the National SES Volunteers Association has been working with the Directors of each of the State and Territory Volunteer Associations for the past 7 days on compensation or reimbursement for out of pocket expenses for SES Volunteers.  The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) have now completed their assessment of the situation and the link below shows what they are doing.

To read the national position please see attachment

Greg Cook - President SESVA (WA) and Director, National SES Volunteers Association.

Statement from the Chairman of the National SES Volunteers Association Gordon Hall ESM follows: 

Volunteer Compensation should be extended to SES Volunteers

The recently announced Federal Government scheme to compensate volunteer firefighters in some states should be extended nationally and should include volunteer members of the State Emergency Service (SES).

“The National SES Volunteers Association (NSESVA), representing more than 30,000 SES Volunteers across Australia, believe that SES Volunteers should be reimbursed where they lose income, or for out of pocket expenses, in extended response to emergency events, whether it be for fire support, flood, storm, tsunami or earthquake” said NSESVA President Gordon Hall.

This fire season SES volunteers have been working for extended periods around the country supporting firefighting operations, taking members away from work, family and other commitments. Like Fire volunteers, SES members in the workforce forgo income to serve and protect the community. When this happens for extended periods, it becomes a burden on them, their families and employers.

Mr Hall continued “There needs to be equity for all emergency response personnel, including the SES Volunteers across the country”

Mr Hall added “Whilst SES volunteers generally do not want payment for their services, they also believe that being a volunteer should not be a financial burden to themselves or their families.”

There are rigorous processes to screen new SES Volunteers with obligations for members to attend training and operations which protects against abuse of this scheme.

The NSESVA believes there should be no payment to volunteers for their service in volunteering to their community, however reimbursement for lost income and out of pocket expenses, within a set criterion is to be supported.

“The NSESVA is severely disappointed about this scheme being formulated without wider consultation and we call upon the Federal Government to urgently meet with the emergency responder peak volunteer bodies, to discuss and provide their knowledge and experience as input to the Federal Government scheme.” said Mr Hall

“The new normal of extended, environment-related incidents around the country requires more volunteers over longer periods of time.   A uniform national scheme is necessary to compensate Fire and SES Volunteers for loss of income is fair when the community is relying on volunteer efforts, particularly for survival.  The alternative of more full-time or paid standby emergency personnel would be significantly more in cost.”  Mr Hall concluded.  


Gordon Hall ESM

Chairman - Board of Directors

National SES Volunteers Association