SES Volunteer's Association of Western Australia Incorporated

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20/02/2024 – 2024 Volunteer Leadership Program Update

Today Tuesday the 20th of February DFES Learning and Development Team will be providing information to emergency services volunteers about the Australian Institute of Disaster Resilience (AIDR) Volunteer Leadership Program.

Applications close on 15 March.

  • Volunteers with registered emails will receive a special notification today advising them of the application process (see below).
  • The Volunteer Hub has information regarding the application process.
  • For those volunteers who don’t currently access the Volunteer Hub, local DFES Managers and Local Government Managers are available to assist with face-to-face support.
  • If you have a Volunteer ID number, you will be able to access the Volunteer Hub.
  • If you have questions, contact Christine West, Manager Academic Pathways. 
  • We thank you for your continued support of emergency services volunteers in WA.

Overview

The Volunteer Leadership Program provides an introduction to volunteer leadership and management in an emergency management context. It is attended by emergency services and not-for-profit volunteers who are involved in emergency response and recovery.

The program is a unique opportunity to network with like-minded people and build your capability as a leader in disaster resilience.

The Volunteer Leadership Program will be held in Perth from 1630 hours Friday 12 April to 1430 hours Sunday 14 April inclusive.

The costs of the residency program are covered by AIDR with DFES covering travel expenses for successful applicants.

The program will be run at the Ingot Hotel Perth, 285 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont.

We encourage emerging and new leaders to consider applying for this opportunity. 

Applications will close with AIDR on Friday 15 March 2024.

If selected by the AIDR, your participation will be recognised by the Academy but will not be accredited.  We encourage all brigade, group and unit leaders to promote this unique opportunity within your team.

Application process

If you have recently taken up your first leadership role or you have leadership aspirations, talk to your brigade, group or unit leader about applying.

  • Applications are accepted online through the AIDR website.
  • You’ll be required to download an endorsement form and have this completed by your brigade, group or unit leader.
  • The endorsement form must be submitted with your online application before the closing date Friday 15 March 2024.

Details about the application process are provided on the DFES Volunteer Hub.

Volunteer Hub > Support > Training and Opportunities > Volunteer Leadership Program

 

11/02/2024 – Joint letter to Volunteers from Association Presidents

The Associations Presidents all met recently with the Minister Dawson and are now writing as your representatives, with one common voice, to update you of their progress of the important issue of presumptive post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) legislation facing all volunteers as members on behalf of the:

  • Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service Association of Western Australia;
  • Volunteer Marine Rescue of Western Australia (VMRWA);
  • Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services Association of Western Australia (ESVA);
  • Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades Western Australia; and
  • SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia.

 

08/02/2024- 2024 a big year for Emergency Services in WA

2024 marks the 65th Anniversary of the SES in WA & 125th Anniversary of Fire & Emergency Services in Western Australia

The SES Volunteers Association wants to encourage SES units to come up with ways to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the SES in WA. At the same time, SES units are also encouraged to support DFES’ plans to celebrate the 125th anniversary of fire and emergency services in WA. DFES plan to acknowledge all the personnel who have contributed and continue to contribute to the multi-faceted, multi-hazard emergency agency Western Australians have the benefit of today.

History and Photos

One of the first activities will be a new page on the DFES website commemorating the 125th milestone. The page will be launched later in January with the following activities planned throughout 2024.

  • Launch of 125th branding materials website
  • Gratitude Wall—inviting community members to write thank you messages to emergency services personnel.
  • Online chronology—sharing the history of WA emergency services.
  • A time capsule event
  • 125 years celebratory video
  • A virtual tour of the State Operation’s Centre
  • 125 references at the 2024 WAFES conference

All volunteers are encouraged to get involved by:

  • emailing historical photos for inclusion on the DFES 125th webpage (launch March-April)
  • Sharing key milestones from your Unit’s history
  • Providing feedback on any of the DFES planned activities
  • Providing suggestions for any SES 65th anniversary activities.

For more information or to discuss these anniversaries, email Allen Gale ESM sesva.secretary@ses-wa.asn.au

07/02/2024 – SES Training Update

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Volunteer Induction

A new induction process is under construction.

  • It will be largely online to bring us into the present and it will start with a common DFES induction (to ensure consistent messaging across all services) that will be available to all new volunteers.
  • This induction will be the prelude to a service specific
  • The training will not contain any assessment (apart from some self-knowledge checks), it will be able to stop and start at any time (without losing place in the training).
  • It is anticipated this will allow our inductions, including the face-to-face familiarisation, to be completed within 2 hours.
  • The new induction is not designed to replace the local Unit induction (however local checklists will be updated to be used if desired).

The induction will also point towards other training that new volunteers may undertake when joining (such as Alcohol and other drugs, Child Safe, Child-Friendly Organisation, DFES Code of Conduct, Fatigue Management, DFES Work Health and Safety Induction)

SES Training Manager

This course is a new awareness level training course designed to fill an identified gap and to provide existing and new Training Managers with additional knowledge and skills to assist them in fulfilling their role.

Essentially the training will allow the Training Manager to support the Local Manager by ensuring their Unit meets their profile by either conducting the appropriate training or currency drills or by attending other units or regional events that will satisfy the requirements.

The course has been developed with the assistance of existing and past experienced Training Managers and in consultation with the SES Volunteer Association.

Topics covered but not limited to include:

  • Safety in training
  • How to conduct a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) to identify training gaps against Unit roles and responsibilities
  • How to prepare a Unit Training Program in accordance with Unit needs and within the SES Training Program
  • Monitoring and managing the effectiveness of the Unit’s Training Program
  • Identifying new trainers and arranging for their further development through mentoring and training
  • Preparing and conducting unit-level exercises
  • Training Administration including the processing of course applications, unit-level training records, training equipment management, training budgets and reporting of training-related matters to the Local Manager and the Unit Management.

A trial of the course with participants from both country and metro units has been run and appropriate changes have been made to the product.

06/02/2024 – WAFES Awards nominations opening soon

2024 WAFES Awards nominations opening soon

It’s time to start thinking of individuals, teams and young volunteers who deserve to be recognised for their contribution over the last 12 months with nominations for the WAFES Awards opening on Monday 19 February.

 

For more information visit the WAFES Awards website.

06/02/2024 – My SES Unit – Meekatharra

The Unit was established about 35 years ago. A meeting was held in the Sporting Complex in Meekatharra in 1988 with the then Regional Coordinator Bernie McNamara ESM  representing the Western Australian State Emergency Service (WASES). The meeting was called by a Flight Service Officer who was based at the Meekatharra airport and employed by the Civil Aviation Authority. He had recently attended a Local Coordinators course at the Australian Counter Disaster Collect (ACDC) in Macedon, Victoria.

Present at the meeting were representatives of the Shire, government agencies, local mines and local service organisations. Keith Mouritz, who was to become the first Local Coordinator, intimated that he could possibly call for members for a unit from his associates in the Buffaloes Lodge.

Keith was asked later if he would consider attending a Local Coordinator course in Perth and after seeking Shire endorsement, he attended the course and returned to sign up a group of people to the newly established unit.

The Meekatharra SES was originally part to the WASES Gascoyne region reporting to the Re- Regional HQ in Carnarvon been 1989 and 1990. Keith and his Noel Mouritz travelled to Carnarvon and picked up various items of equipment, radios, overalls, boots etc. With the girl’s change room no longer being used at the sports ground, it was commandeered as a store for the equipment and the unit soon became viable after several visits from SES volunteers and staff trainers.

Since mid-1990 the Meekatharra SES unit has been part of the merged Midwest-Gascoyne region reporting to the Regional HQ in Geraldton.

Keith continued as Local Manager for some years dealing with several incidents through the 1990s before passing over the management of the unit to Rock Hiscock, who upon stepping down, passed the role onto Roy Seery. Roy was followed by Robyn Morris as the Local Manager and upon her retirement, the appointment of Dennis “Splinter” Shaw was approved by the Regional Manager as the Local Manager until November 2023.

EDITORS NOTE: The appointment of a new Local Manager is pending