SES volunteers come from all walks of life, all backgrounds and all professions. In fact, the main thing SES volunteers have in common is a desire to make a contribution within their community. SES volunteers make themselves available for call out to emergencies when required, depending on their individual skills.
Volunteers receive comprehensive training to enable them to perform the tasks required. This training is competency based and recognised. The benefits of becoming an SES volunteer are immense. Volunteers have many opportunities to develop new, nationally recognised skills, form new friendships, accept high levels of responsibility and enjoy the team spirit of a tightly knit unit.
What volunteers do
Whether providing on the ground support or raising community awareness, Western Australian State Emergency Service (SES) values people who can use their varied skills and experiences to act in a wide range of roles.
We rely on our volunteers to provide on the ground support in emergencies, from responding to natural disasters such as flood, storm, tropical cyclone, tsunami and earthquake, to supporting other emergency services organisations.
Volunteering in an operational role may include:
- General rescue in response to flood, storm, tropical cyclone, earthquake and tsunami
- Rescue from road crashes
- Operating flood rescue boats
- Search and rescue in urban and other environments
- Managing and directing traffic during emergencies
- Using specialised rope rescue equipment
In addition to volunteering in operations, SES offers many support roles that assist Units and help you to build professional skills.
Non-operational volunteering roles may include:
- Media and public relations
- Public and community education
It takes thousands of dedicated Western Australian State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from across the state to provide emergency assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Become a SES volunteer and join over 2000 people committed to keeping WA safe during emergencies.
Serve your community
Experience the rewarding sense of pride that comes from serving your community. You will play a vital role in ensuring the safety of the Western Australians through working with the community you live in.
Make lifelong friends
Meet new people within the community and make lifelong friends. As an integral part of a highly trained volunteer unit, you will work closely with the other dedicated volunteers who make up the life of the organisation.
Personal and professional growth
The training and experience you will receive as a volunteer will help you develop skills in leadership, communication, problem solving, personal organisation and physical fitness. These skills along with SES membership are highly valued by employers.
In addition to comprehensive training programs, dedicated emotional support is available to all volunteers, whenever they need it. This support is also available for partners and family members of volunteers.
Recognition of service
Volunteers are eligible for numerous honours and awards at a local, state and even national level. Valuing the compassion and dedication of our volunteers and the sacrifices they make each day is a priority for the organisation.
So How do I Join an SES Unit
If you are interested in becoming an SES Volunteer you will need to contact your local SES Unit. SES Units are established within Local Government areas. For example if you live in the City of Swan then you would contact the Swan SES Unit or if you live in the Town of Carnarvon contact the Carnarvon SES Unit. If you would like to learn more about how to become an SES volunteer telephone the SES Volunteering & Youth Services Branch on 1800 628 141 or click link " SES Units" to find your closest Unit.