SES Volunteer's Association of Western Australia Incorporated

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31/03/2021 – SESVA Newsletter April 2021

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From the President

WOW Day is Coming. Don’t forget who we are and be proud.  Celebrate your greatness and your heart to be part of the greater orange family. We are a national family that stands tall, not only in times of emergency but in all times as a leader through choice. We in the community are all indeed impressed by you.  Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve…You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physis to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. (Martin Luther King Jnr.

Trench Rescue Awareness Training

Rescue Branch is coordinating the development of a Trench Rescue Awareness training package that will be available to all DFES operational personnel and will provide information regarding the hazards and maintaining safety in working near trenches.  On Monday 8 March, Rescue Branch coordinated a session at the WAFES Academy that allowed for the capturing of images to be used in this package. District Officer Todd Pender organised for 2 SES Volunteers to attend.


Many SES Volunteers are quiet heroes who just “get on with the job” and never seek or ask for recognition.  These people should be rewarded as they are the back bone of our Service.    Has your Unit thought about writing a nomination for an award for a deserving member?  If not why not.  If you don’t nominate them, who will? It doesn’t take long or require much effort.

Check the DFES Volunteer Hub for details

GRU Urban

We have received the following advice from AC Delavale on the status of the GRU Urban.  “The GRU Urban PAT acceptance has been received and endorsed by myself ready for DC Operations approval.  Once this is finalised, we will engage the relevant
Units scheduled to receive a GRU.

The front winching capability requires further research for a solution which will feedback to the PAT.  Apart from that recommendation I think we are almost there.

Inflatable Rescue Stretcher

Rescue Branch has been engaged by Country Operations to coordinate the identification and implementation of an equipment solution that will provide the ability to safely move casualties across water in gorges.

This work was commenced by Tom Price SES who have completed a considerable amount of the investigation into an alternative to the current process of lashing 2 tyre innertubes to the basket stretcher.

SESVA Vacancies

At the present time the SESVA have vacancies for Regional Represenatives for the South Coastal, North Coastal and North East regions.  Being an SESVA Representative for a region is a very rewarding experience.  If you are interested in becoming involved in assisting and advocating for your fellow SES Volunteers, and are a member of an SES Unit in either of the above regions, contact the Secretary to discuss.
0428 612 480

Training Ideas

The SESVA is expanding the training initiative we commenced at the beginning of the COVID19  pandemic.  We produced some training ideas for Unit Training
Managers to help them with Unit Members training during the lock down period.
Now, we are expanding this initiative and hope to include many new ideas for training.

The start is a selection of Team Building exercises.  These can be found at

SESVA Website

The SESVA website has been upgraded and improved.  Check it out! If you have any questions, comments, improvements please contact our webmaster John Capes.