SES Volunteer's Association of Western Australia Incorporated

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26/01/2023 – (David) John White ESM


Mr David John WHITE, High Wycombe WA 6057

In 1985 Mr David John White joined the Kalamunda Volunteer State Emergency Service (SES) Unit. He has performed a number of roles from Rescue Team Leader, Local Manager and Communications team member, a position he currently retains.

Over 37 years he has shown a dedication to various leadership and management roles, including with the Statewide Operational Response Division (SWORD). He assisted in rescues amid the Moora flood in 1999 and the clean-up after Cyclone Vance in Exmouth later in the year, provided logistical support in fighting the 2002 Norseman Wildfires and helped the Kalbarri area during the devastating Cyclone Seroja in 2021. He gained considerable experience in land searching and has worked with Western Australia Police as an SES Field Search Controller.

When he joined SWORD in 2015, shortly after its creation, he took on the task of Unit Manager, developing a team structure, responsibility profiles and operational guidelines. He remains in the role. He has travelled the State providing specialist training programs to SES and Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) personnel. Those programs began at a local level before progressing to other metropolitan units, the regional office and the DFES Training Academy in Forrestfield. Mr White is currently working on delivering Workplace Trainer Assessor courses within DFES. This enables volunteers to train other volunteers in key areas.

Emergency Services Medal (ESM)

SESVA President Greg Cook said ” On behalf of the SESVA and I am sure all SES Volunteers in WA I congratulate John on being awarded the Emergency Services Medal”.

Greg also said “The Emergency Service Medal recognises distinguished service by members of emergency service organisations across Australia”.

Congratulations John White ESM