SES Volunteer's Association of Western Australia Incorporated

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17/04/2024 – SESVA Newsletter Fact File

To contact the SESVA Secretary Allen Gale ESM  email – sesva.secretary@ses-wa.asn.au or call or text 0419 935 497 

The SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia(SESVA) Incorporated Newsletter used to be delivered to subscribers from an email server direct to their email accounts with the Newsletter attached in a PDF format, then open the PDF to read on-screen and/or print the Newsletter.

Commencing with the February 2024 edition of the Newsletter, delivery to subscribers is now via electronic direct mail (EDM) to their email accounts with a link to the Newsletter. The difference is that the email asks subscribers to DOWNLOAD the Newsletter. This means the subscriber must click on the link provided in order to read on-screen and/or print the Newsletter.

But we’re told to protect from SCAMS, don’t click links in emails from an untrusted source! (and we need to protect our device with anti-virus software and software updates only from the source).

So subscribers are encouraged to ensure that their device and email account knows that the SESVA is a trusted source so you don’t miss out on receiving the NEWSLETTER email each month.

Do always carefully check the sender of emails that you receive; you can usually click on the sender to view the details behind the email address that you see in the FROM part of the email.

Tips to assist when an email is expected but can’t be seen:
• Check your server
• Send yourself a test email
• Check your SPAM/JUNK folder
• Check your TRASH folder
• Go to the option that shows ALL MAIL
• Use a different browser to Open your email account
• Log OUT and back IN to your account
• Access email account settings
• Double check your email filter settings

Filtering your emails is often a necessity, especially if you start receiving random spam emails from bots and advertisers. Un- fortunately, it’s possible the email you’re expecting to receive has been filtered as well.

If the NEWSLETTER email can’t be found, let us know by email sesva.office@ses-wa.asn.au

All the SESVA  Newsletters  can be found on this website. under the news tab.

15/04/2024 – New SESVA Sub-committee

Introduction

The Media and PR Strategy team held its first meeting on 21st March 2024. The team will meet 3 or 4 times a year with the aim of developing strategies to build a positive public perception, enhance community awareness, and ensure recognition of SES volunteers.

By doing so, the SESVA contributes to the overall success and effectiveness of the SES in serving the community before, during and after an emergency.

Some of the strategies that the Team will be focusing on include:

  • Social Media Management
  • Internal Communication
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Public Awareness Campaigns
  • Reputation Management
  • Media Liaison
  • Heritage Collection
  • Member Benefits

Membership

We’re hoping to recruit some other dynamic volunteers to complete the team. The current members are:

  • Allen Gale ESM, SESVA Secretary – Chairman
  • Leonie Briggs, SES Canine unit, SESVA Vice President – Deputy Chair
  • Megan Reynolds, Mandurah SES, SESVA Committee Member
  • John Capes OAM, SESVA Webmaster
  • Cassidy Kempster, Northshore SES
  • Rob Philips, Margaret River SES unit
  • Michelle Hutchins, SESVA Marketing Consultant

Interested

INTERESTED?   DO YOU WANT TO JOIN THE TEAM?   IF SO, MAKE CONTACT WITH Allen Gale ESM  sesva.secretary@ses-wa.asn.au or call / message on 0419 935 479

15/04/2024 – From the SESVA President April 2024

Hello to you all

With Easter now behind us, I believe we can all be grateful for a few days’ break and spending time with our loved ones and friends.

The Association takes this opportunity to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the passing of Jim Regan during a rescue operation in Karijini National Park. We recognise family members and friends of Jim who will be remembering this great SES Volunteer at this significant time. Jim, you are still missed; thank you from all our hearts. Rest in Peace.

Your SES Association again is busy with our consolidated response to the Fit for Work proposal from DFES. This means a great deal to SES Volunteers and as a national initiative, we see our service as a standalone decision.

Will we be the only volunteer service with this type of program? For years, the SES volunteers have asked for a national training framework to support volunteers across Australia to be trained the same way with the same training resources. From my perspective, I do believe that both the fitness and training of our volunteers are linked. Perhaps this is the time to reinforce our opportunities across Australia.

We do note the concern raised by numerous SES volunteers who are ask “why just the SES?” when we have many local government and DFES-linked volunteers that don’t require any program for fitness at all. A balanced approach in our response to DFES is required from your Association to ensure your views and the great discussion we have had, are tabled for an informed position into our mutual futures.

I truly believe that there is so much we can achieve with the correct resources and operating environment.

The question still to be answered is: how do we obtain that place we have earned with many years of service to our respectful communities?

Let’s not be absorbed into a mass but continue to shine. After all, our nationally recognised orange uniform represents the rising and setting of the sun. When the darkness comes, we still glow in the dark.

Thank you again, stay safe by making good decisions based on sound advice.

Greg Cook President

14/04/2024 – SESVA Newsletter April 2024

Articles in this Month's Edition

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From the President

Hello to you all

The Association takes this opportunity to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the passing of Jim Regan during a rescue operation in Karijini National Park. We recognise family members and friends of Jim who will be remembering this great SES Volunteer at this significant time. Jim, you are still missed; thank you from all our hearts. Rest in Peace.

SESVA Media & PR Strategy

The Media and PR Strategy team held its first meeting on 21st March. The team will meet 3 or 4 times a year with aim of developing strategies to build a positive public perception, enhance community aware- ness, and ensure recognition of SES volunteers.

SESVA Newsletter

The SES Volunteers Association of WA (Inc) Newsletter used to be delivered to subscribers from an email server direct to their email accounts with the Newsletter attached in a PDF format, then open the PDF to read on-screen and/or print the Newsletter.

 

Tribute to Jim Regan

On the 1st of April 2004 a tourist party visited the Hancock Gorge area of Karijini National Park where one of the party was injured.

James (Jim) Regan was part of an SES Cliff Rescue team dispatched from Newman and Tom Price SES units who worked with police officers and CALM National Park rangers to res- cue the injured tourist.

My SES Unit Newman

Newman SES Local Manager Connie Reed reflects 20 years on……

Each time I park my vehicle at the Newman SES unit, I look across at our memorial rock for Jimmy. I don’t think of the sadness but reminisce the good times and the fun times. Jimmy was part of our Vertical Rescue team. 

New General Rescue Course

DFES have recently published a new SES General Rescue Course. Trainer assessors are in pro- cess of endorsement and handover is anticipated mid-April 2024.

Details on the rollout are not yet known, but we expect the course to appear on training calendars for ei-ther or both Metro or individual units this year.

 

National Memorial Service 2024

AFAC, the National Council for fire and emer- gency services in Australasia, will be con- ducting commemorations at the AFAC Na- tional Emergency Services Memorial, Can- berra, on May 2, 2024.

SESVA President Greg Cook and Secretary Allen Gale will be attending from WA along with SES Youth Achievement Award winner for 2023, Anjuli Till of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder SES unit.

Swan SES 60th Anniversary

Come join the Swan SES celebrating 60 years in the Community.

May 18 2024 10.00 to 3.00 pm Jackson Oval Midland.

11/04/2024 – Time to nominate

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR AUSTRALIAN HONOURS

Nominations are being sought for the following Australian Honours Meritorious Service Awards:


•  Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)
•  Emergency Services Medal (ESM)
•  Australian Bravery Decorations.

I encourage all DFES personnel and volunteers to think about the people around them and nominate eligible individuals who have gone above and beyond and have recent frontline or operational service.

Nominations for the above Australian Honours can be submitted online.
Please take this opportunity to nominate someone who deserves recognition at the highest level.

Nominations must be submitted by Monday 15 April 2024 for consideration in the Australia Day 2025 Honours list or the March 2025 Bravery list. Any nominations received after this date will be considered for future lists.

Further information, including award eligibility and criteria, is available in the Honours and Awards Handbook and on the Volunteer Hub.

For help with a nomination, please email rewards@dfes.wa.gov.au.

DARREN KLEMM

20/03/2024 – Chris Stickland ESM Mandurah SES

Chris Stickland ESM, Local Manager Mandurah SES Awarded “Local Legend” by the City of Mandurah Mayor

At the City of Mandurah Council meeting on 27 February Mayor, Rhys Williams, presented Chris with the Local Legend Award.

Mayor Williams spoke about the many years that Chris has exhibited true community spirit as a driving force in the Mandurah State Emergency Service as well as his dedication and advocacy for emergency service cadets and youth in emergency services.

Mayor Williams went on to say these are amazing examples of active citizenship within our community.

Chris has been a Volunteer with the State Emergency Service since 1986, as well as being the Local Manager of the Mandurah State Emergency Service since 2010.

Chris has won a number of awards, including the Peter Keillor Award (SES Volunteer of the year) in 1997 and the Australian Emergency Services Medal in 2005.

It is this dedication that has strengthened the foundations of our city and helped build resilience in the proactivity of our emergency response for the safety of our community and our neighbours.

Chris was nominated for the Local Legend Award, as a recognition of local people/groups in our community who are contributing to a stronger future for Mandurah.  Mayor Williams thanked Chris for his dedication and service to our community.

Chris thanked the Mayor and Councillors for this award and went on to speak about the importance of the SES in Mandurah and the dedication and passion of more than 80 SES Volunteers in the unit.

Well done Chris!

 

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Mayor, Rhys Williams, presenting Chris with the Local Legend Award