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Gosnells SES WOW Day 2017

Part of National Volunteer Week, Wear Orange to Work Day, Wednesday 10 May 2017 was the day the community thanked SES Volunteers for the great service they provide.  The DFES Commissioner, Mr Wayne Gregson, shared his appreciation on behalf of DFES and the community via video link to SES Volunteers.  Various “thankyou” functions were held across the state to celebrate the unselfish volunteerism of the 2000 SES Volunteers in Western Australia.

The photos are from this “thankyou” function is when the SES units from Gosnells and Armadale combined resources to celebrate and network. These two SES units have close bonds, having supported each other in operations and training from their founding days in the early 1980’s.    FES District Officer Chris Kin-Maung and Superintendent Amanda Williamson shared fellowship and joined in thanking the Volunteers.

 Phillip Petersen ESM

The Warwick Open Space Search
On Tuesday morning DFES received a request to assist the police in a search for a missing male person.  The SES were tasked with a search to cover the Warwick Open Space area near Beach, Warwick and Wanneroo roads as this was in close proximity to where the missing person’s car had been located.  41 SES personnel were activated to undertake land search, on foot and utilising an ATU.  The Divisional ‘Commander (FSC) was SES Volunteer Graham Fixter.  Searching was through gently undulating terrain and varying thickness of bushland intersected by a network of tracks. The searching continued for a number of hours before being suspended by the police as there were a number of probable sightings which need to be investigated further.  The SES volunteers were able to contribute to the search in a positive way through the confirmation that the missing person was not in the areas searched and therefore eliminating them from the area of concern.  Volunteers came from a number of units including Wanneroo, Stirling, Belmont, Canning and the CSU.

The picture below shows the Stirling SES all women team!


Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) is involved in a number of initiatives across the country for those in the emergency management sector.  The attached document outlines a number of matters including commencement of the emergency management Volunteer scholarship program.  There is an outline of the Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub which has a wealth of information and resources on Australian natural and manmade disasters.  It also outlines the “Handbook 7” collection, 2017 Resilient Australian Awards and a number of other interesting topics.

Gordon Hall
SES Representative

View the full report : 

SESVA Update on a number of DFES Projects
DFES have been very busy on a number of projects which are now in the rollout or finalisation phase.  In the interests of communicating to as many SES Volunteers as possible, we have listed five of the current ones.

Volunteer Portal Improvement
There have been a number of improvements to the Volunteer portal. DFES advises that the changes have been driven by feedback from the users.
The attached document will give more information.

The All Hazards Incident Management System (AHIMS)
The attached document will give the project status update the status of WebEOC Phase 1, the training rollout and some comments on feedback.

Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL)
The latest news about the AVL is listed in the attachment and includes facts and figures, scheduling and a number of other matters.
If there are any technical issues there is a link to report these.

400 MHz Project
An update on the relocation of the UHF radio channels and what will be done to meet the operational radio requirements is outlined.
An outline of where and when the changes will occur is also listed.

See attached document for further information on these projects.
Gordon hall
SESVA President

SES WOW day – Very Successful
This year’s Wear Orange to Work (WOW) day, in appreciation of the great work SES Volunteers do in their communities, was very successful.  There were record media interviews across the whole state with a total audience of 1,196,743 reached (up from 559,000 last year).  This is an increase worth celebrating, which has probably been helped by the increase and support in social media by DFES.

The radio interviews of SES Volunteers around the state were well received and generated much needed awareness on the great role that SES Volunteers play in their communities.  The WOW function on Wednesday night at the Belmont SES Unit was attended by more than 250 SES Volunteers and DFES staff.  The FES Commissioner, Wayne Gregson APM, the Minister for Emergency Services, Hon. Fran Logan MLA, and SESVA President, Gordon Hall, all spoke about the SES roles in their communities and the support to other services both in this state and interstate.
The attendees had a great night sharing stories and catching up with each other.

The success of the night can be attributed to the WOW day working group made up of DFES staff including Steve Summerton and Georgina Ford and SES Volunteers David Worth and Lin Booth.
The use of the Belmont SES facility was greatly appreciated by all.

Gordon Hall
SESVA President

Albany SES Assits Police Operations

Robert Boyes reports that over the Easter period Volunteers from the Albany SES Unit assisted police in a number of operations.  One of the major operations was road blocks to check all traffic in and out of the district. There were approximately 5000 vehicles stopped in the region for breathalyzer and advice on driver fatigue. The Albany SES had approximately 15 members there for the duration.

Below are some pictures taken during the operations. ("photos courtesy of Albany Advertiser")

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