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13/04/2021 – Volunteer Hardship Grant Tropical Cyclone Seroja



April 2021

The WAESVHAS Committee has received approval from the DFES Commissioner to proceed with immediate grants to SES Volunteers who have had their principal place of residence severely impacted by this event.

This grant of $1500 be made to each household of a SES Volunteer which has been impacted, through EFT to their nominated bank account. There shall be only one grant per household.

The transfer is to be made by the relevant volunteer member’s Association as soon as possible, and within three days of receipt of the member’s financial institution details. The grant is intended to immediately assist the member and their household for clothing, food or other contingencies.

SES Volunteers who have had their principal place of residence severely impacted by tropical cyclone Seroja should contact the SESVA Secretary on 0428 612 480 or for application details.







12/04/2021 – Cyclone Seroja SES Operation

TC SEROJA DEPLOYMENT – SES Volunteers  from across the metropolitan are this morning heading to the north to assist following the impact of  Cyclone Seroja.

SES Volunteers, Vehicles and equipment  from the following Metropolitan Units have been sent:

  • Serpentine Jarrahdale SES 
  • Swan SES
  • Gosnell’s SES
  • Kalamunda SES
  • Armadale SES
  • Belmont SES 
  • Mundaring SES
  • Bayswater SES
  • Stirling SES
  • Northshore SES
  • Wanneroo Joondalup SES

Sunday elements from the Communication Support Unit and SWORD were redeployed.

Kalbarri and Northampton bore the brunt of ex-Tropical Cyclone Seroja last night as it slammed into WA’s mid-west coast, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Homes have been destroyed and 26,000 residents have been left without power after the cyclone made landfall as a category three storm about 8pm, bringing wind gusts of up to 170 kilometres per hour.

The fast-moving storm tore roofs off houses damaged numerous buildings and infrastructure.

A major SES operation is in full swing and the SESVA we provide further information when known.

SES Volunteers recieving briefing before departure
SES Vehicles packed and ready to depart

09/04/2021 – SESVA Training Initiative

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

If you have an idea for training, and wish to share it with other SES Volunteers, please contact the Secretary –

SESVA One Association many issues

08/04/2021 – SES Fleet News

GRU Urban

The SESVA has 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 GRUU.  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.  A few points as a follow up on the Local Managers meeting: 

  • The GRU Remote evaluations continue and a decision on suitability will be made based on the feedback.
  • A will initiate a bus concept in the coming weeks. Once supported I will call for a PAT however, I see this as an simple off the shelf product”
SES GRU sample vehicle
Sample SES Bus