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12/05/2022 – Congratulations Mr David Price ESM

David Price ESM – 35 years service

On Wednesday night the 11 May 2022 David Price ESM was presented with his 35 year service medal as a volunteer in the State Emergency Service. David is the current Training Manager at the Mandurah SES Unit.

In 1985 David joined the State Emergency Service in Rockingham. David has had many roles over the years including Training Manager and Deputy Local Manager at the Rockingham-Kwinana SES unit. Other roles included committee member of the WA SES Volunteers Association, Vice President, and President of that Association.

David has been involved in many high-profile searches, David also accepted deployments both intrastate and interstate.

David embodies the qualities of the committed State Emergency Service member and exemplifies the ethos of volunteerism and a commitment to the community that is difficult to surpass.

Greg Cook SESVA President said” on behalf of the SESVA I congratulate David on reaching this important milestone in his SES Service”. Greg also said” not only has David  served  the Community but also represented SES Volunteers as President and Vice President of the SESVA”.

David Price ESM being presented with his 35 year Certificate(Picture courtesy Mandurah SES Unit)

07/05/2022 – WOW Day 2022


Greg Cook SESVA President is pleased to announce that consistent with annual tradition, it has been arranged for buildings across the State to be lit up in orange, this year on WOW Day (18 of May) with an added focus on regional Western Australia has significantly grown the number of buildings compared to last year.

Across the Perth CBD, the following landmarks will display orange lighting on WOW Day:

  • The Perth Bell Tower
  • Brookfield Place
  • Matagarup Bridge
  • Perth Concert Hall
  • QV1
  • State Administrative Tribunal Building
  • Fraser Avenue at Kings Park

In regional WA, the following landmarks will be lit up:

  • Kalgoorlie-Boulder (both town halls)
  • Karratha Arts Centre
  • City of Greater Geraldton Administration Building
  • City of Busselton Administration Building
  • Brookman Street in Manjimup
  • Northam Bridge
  • Shire of Broome Administration Building
  • City of Mandurah Administration Building

The Minister for Emergency Services will make a media statement on Tuesday May 17 to encourage the community to don orange clothing the following day. Social media posts have been prepared for both the Minister and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services to be published on WOW Day.

In terms of public engagement and awareness, SES volunteers have been contacted to find inspiring stories and share them with the community via the media. Stories lined up across newspapers, radio and television outlets in both Perth and regional Western Australia.

 A few highlights include a feature story on Manjimup’s Kevin Wrightson, who has undertaken 43 years of service, an interview with the Carnarvon SES for their contribution to the Cleo Smith search, and a feature on 6PR with Steve Mills about Rob Crawford, who is still volunteering today after his father founded Kalgoorlie SES.

Greg Cook said” I encourage SES Units across the State to organise their own activities on WOW Day to celebrate the great work SES done by SES Volunteers assisting the Community”.




04/05/2022 – Recovery Matters Webinar Series

Recovery Matters webinars get to the heart of key issues that are important in disaster recovery. Join the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience and the Australian Red Cross to hear directly from community leaders about community-led recovery.

We talk about community-led recovery, but how is it practised? Since Ash Wednesday, Victoria has provided a mechanism for community participation in the recovery process, through the formation of community recovery committees. This webinar will highlight different practices and current research into the formation and operation of community recovery committees.

About the series

The Recovery Matters webinars get to the heart of key issues in disaster recovery. How do you go about supporting communities in recovery? What can you expect on the journey ahead? What about the support needs of particular groups?

Join the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience as we invite expert speakers to share what they know and help us move forward with recovery.

02/05/2022 – New equipment for Mandurah SES

New Rescue Boat for Mandurah SES

On Saturday the 30th of April the Mandurah SES Unit met to inspect their new rescue flood boat. This vessel is used to locate and rescue people stranded in floodwater. It was designed with the needs of the unit and area in mind. It features navigation and communication technology equipped to transport stretchers, causalities, and crew.

What better way to learn about the new boat than taking them out on the water? With a crew together they ventured out into the canals and then a little further out to really see what these boats can do. Whilst they were out, they explored as many of the new features as possible, practiced rafting up the vessel as well as emergency stops. They also took turns skippering the vessel whilst we were out about.

Greg Cook SESVA President said” this will be a sufficient capability to enable SES Units to assist the Community in emergencies Situations”.


Boat inspection at Mandurah SES Unit
Rescue Boats on the Water

01/05/2022 – WOW day 2022

WOW Day 2022

More than 2,000 SES volunteers from every walk of life play a vital role in keeping communities across WA safe during natural disasters and emergencies.

These highly skilled men and women drop everything to help when people need them the most. From conducting emergency repairs to buildings damaged by cyclones, storms, and floods, to ferrying cargo and passengers across floodwaters, the SES provides a vital service for the people of Western Australia.

They assist WA Police during land searches, undertake aerial and cave rescues, attend road crashes, and assist fire crews during the long, hot bushfire season.

Wear orange on WOW Day and show your support by uploading your images to social media using the hashtag #thankyouSESWA

18 Wednesday May 2022 – Going ORANGE for WOW Day

In previous years a number of iconic buildings and landmarks across the State have been  lit up in magnificent orange in support of the SES volunteers including Elizabeth Quay, Yagan Square, Perth Concert Hall, Matagarup Bridge and the Swan Bell Tower. Let’s see  Perth again this year lit in orange.

30/04/2022 – SESVA Secretary Retirement & Expressions of Interest


SESVA Secretary Retirement & Expressions of Interest

Hello to you,

I trust you have had a safe and restful Easter.

I write to you to advise the Association’s Secretary, Mr Lin Booth, has retired after the best part of 10 Years servicing our SES Units and members.

One thing guaranteed in our current time is the Association Management Committee will miss Lin’s high-level commitment and advocacy skills which produced countless positive outcomes. Like all good administrators, Lin worked quietly and tirelessly in the background ensuring the back of house was kept in good order. Lin’s considerable skills were not limited to back of house operations, he also had a leadership role in many Committees and working groups with DFES.

The great thing is Lin will remain on many groups to continue his Orange Family commitment, but will be able to devote more time to pursue his passion to travel extensively with his wife Wendy. We wish Wendy and Lin the very best.

So why do I write to you? With Lin retired the Association is seeking expressions of interest from SES members to be nominated and considered for the job of SES Volunteers Association Secretary.

Please circulate this Association President’s note to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to further serve the SES Volunteers in this capacity.

In the first instance, I offer my mobile and email as a primary point of contact: 

Greg Mobile: 0418 403 960 

Greg Email: 

Please call or email to discuss the Secretary role so we can all proceed open eyed and understand that this is an Association Management Committee appointment.

The role description as written in the Association Constitution:

The Secretary shall:

  • Deal with the Association’s correspondence;
  • Consult with the President regarding the business to be conducted at each meeting;
  • Prepare the notices required for meetings and for the business to be conducted at meetings;
  • Maintain an up-to-date copy of the Association’s Constitution and By-Laws;
  • Maintain an up-to-date register of members;
  • Record and maintain minutes of all committee and executive council meetings;
  • Maintain the Association’s record of committee members and other persons authorised to act on behalf of the Association with their nominated personal, business or email address;
  • Ensure the safe custody of the Association’s books other than the financial records, financial statements and financial reports, as applicable to the Association; and
  • Perform such other duties as are imposed by this Constitution on the Secretary.

I personally thank you for your assistance and for the service to our communities, not only in WA but across the borders.

Yours Sincerely,



SES Volunteers Association (Inc.)

Mob: 0418 403 960 or  Email: