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25/11/2021 – SESVA Presidents Report December 2021

From Greg Cook President of the SESVA

This is the time for wishing everyone the very best for the coming Christmas and New Year period.  All of us at your State Emergency Service Association hope that the very best happens in the way you wish for you. Most of us will enjoy happy times with family and friends but we do acknowledge in advance that some will be active in their role as an emergency service volunteer, helping others no matter what time of day or night.

Like the elected committee members of your Association, we too are all SES Volunteers and act for our colleagues and in turn respond to the community in times of need. So, I say thank you to them for the over and above effort they provide for us.
Whilst my message is one of gratitude, I acknowledge that many of us are making some adjustments at unit level on receiving the advice and mandate for personal safety through the COVID 19 health orders directed at DFES workers, paid or volunteer. Please support each other to stay safe in our role and be conscious of our
family needs as well. Many of us have chosen to be vaccinated to protect each other but as the borders are opened, it is forecast that COVID will enter the state and people may get sick.

Again, I feel that SES members may be asked to be part of a bigger picture response to help the broader communities. We only need to look at our colleagues in the eastern states to learn that many helped many in circumstance that may have been unfamiliar to us.

Enjoy your personal family togetherness in the weeks ahead. Stay safe and we thank you again for what you do for the communities in Western Australia.




Greg Cook SESVA President

24/11/2021 – Albany SES New Facility

Construction begins on $3 million Albany State Emergency Service facility

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

  • Construction underway on state-of-the-art SES headquarters in Albany
  • Facility will also serve as a base to manage large-scale emergencies in the region
  • Complex funded by the State Government and built-in partnership with City of Albany

Construction has begun on a new home for the Albany State Emergency Service (SES), which will also serve as a Level 3 Incident Control Centre to manage large-scale emergencies in the region.

Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby today turned the first sod at the $3 million facility, which is funded by the State Government.

The complex includes response and administration buildings, training areas, a garage to house appliances and the regions’ Incident Control Vehicle, a mobile communication centre and a command control point for major incidents including bushfires.

The funding was announced earlier this year as part of the State Government’s $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan, to help the State bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19.

The WA Recovery Plan includes a $13 million support package for upgrades at volunteer emergency services facilities across Western Australia.  

The City of Albany is managing construction of the new facility, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-2022, in time for the unit’s 40-year anniversary.

Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby said

“The new state-of-the-art headquarters will support volunteers day-to-day and have the ability to be used as a Level 3 Incident Control Centre during large-scale emergencies.

“Construction of the $3 million complex is funded under the State Government’s WA Recovery Plan, providing a significant boost to the region with the creation of local jobs.

“Whether it’s responding to storm damage, land searches, rescuing trapped or injured people or helping the public prepare for emergencies, Albany SES has a proud history of service.

“I thank the City of Albany for its work in constructing this new facility which will serve the unit for generations to come.”


Minister for Emergency Services Minister Hon. Reece Whitby MLA
Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens

Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens said

“The Albany State Emergency Service is a very active unit with 55 volunteers in the heart of the Great Southern region, helping keep our local community and visitors safe all year round.

“The new SES headquarters will support the excellent efforts of volunteers, become an important base for training and hopefully motivate others to volunteer.

“I would encourage anyone thinking of becoming an SES volunteer to put the community first and give it a go.”




24/11/2021 – SESVA Newsletter for December 2021

Articles in this Month's Edition

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From the President

This is the time for wishing everyone the very best for the coming Christmas and New Year period.  All of us at your State Emergency Service Association hope that the very best happens in the way you wish for you. Most of us will enjoy happy times with family and friends but we do acknowledge in advance that some will be active in their role as an emergency service volunteer, helping others no matter what time of day or night.

How to Keep Informed

Don’t forget we have a website which keeps you informed of what is happening across the state in SES land.

We also have “the App”. (SESVA WA) and are on
And also, if you would like our newsletters, other relevant information etc forwarded direct to your email, just contact the SESVA office (, and advise your details.

Christmas Closure

Our office will be closed from 23rd December 2021 reopening
on 11th January 2022.


The following is a reprint of an email sent by DFES to all Volunteers regarding COVID19 On 12 November 2021, the Chief Health Officer issued the Fire and Emergency Services Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions under the Public Health Act 2016.

The directions specify COVID19 vaccination requirements for fire and emergency services (FES) workers – the definition of which includes volunteers – before they can access fire and emergency services sites.

17/11/2021 – New Emergency Services Fleet announced

$140 million investment in new emergency services fleet

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

  • Three new state-of-the-art vehicles and a flood rescue vessel for emergency services unveiled
  • More than 140 new appliances to be made in the next year
  • Models have been redesigned with input from career and volunteer personnel

New additions to Western Australia’s emergency services fleet are being rolled out to power the frontline response to disasters ahead of bushfire and cyclone season. The new appliances are part of WA’s next generation emergency services fleet, a $140 million investment.  They include the Light Tanker and the 4.4 Broadacre, a General Rescue Utility and a Flood Rescue Boat, which were designed after extensive consultation with frontline personnel.

More than 140 new appliances are scheduled to be delivered to firefighting and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers across the State in the next year, boosting life-saving work during bushfires, cyclones, floods and rescues.  About a third of those will be deployed to the frontline ahead of the coming bushfire and cyclone season, including 20 General Rescue Utilities, six Flood Rescue Boats and 15 Light Tankers.

The updated design for the Light Tanker, a first response firefighting vehicle, includes improved all-terrain capabilities and new safety features, including a partial deluge system for crew protection.

The 4.4 Broadacre, the State’s primary response vehicle for volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, is in the final stage of operational testing and will feature a range of cab chassis options to suit different types of terrain, so brigades can choose the appliance that best suits local conditions. 

Both firefighting vehicles are being manufactured by local WA business, Frontline Fire & Rescue Equipment.

A new polymer hull will improve the durability and floatability of the Flood Rescue Boat, a vessel deployed by SES volunteers to locate people stranded in floodwaters.  The General Rescue Utility is a brand-new addition to the fleet and features off-road capabilities and enhanced safety to support the State Emergency Service during activities including searches for missing persons.

Each vehicle has been designed with input from volunteer and career personnel to ensure the layout and features can be adapted to the different types of terrain and conditions in WA.

The fleet rollout comes as the weather heats up and bushfire risk increases – a reminder for all Western Australians to prepare their property and have a bushfire plan.

Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby said:

 “The State Government is providing our frontline personnel with state-of-the-art vehicles and vessels to help them to do what they do best – protect Western Australians.  “We have worked alongside volunteer and career personnel in the design process, ensuring the fleet meets their needs and local conditions. 

“Western Australia is a diverse State with challenging terrain, particularly in regional areas, so it’s important our fleet is fit-for-purpose, versatile and provides an effective response in all situations.  

“All of the vehicles will be manufactured in WA, which is helping to power the State’s economy and create local jobs.  “Many of the appliances are being delivered ahead of the coming cyclone and bushfire season to strengthen the emergency response as we enter the busiest time of year for frontline crews.  

“It’s not just firefighters who need to be prepared for emergencies; we can all take steps to reduce the risk of fire and keep safe by preparing our properties and having a bushfire plan.”


12/11/2021 – The Australian Journal of Emergency Management

About the Journal

The Australian Journal of Emergency Management is Australia’s premier journal in emergency management. Its format and content are developed with reference to peak emergency management organisations and the emergency management sectors—nationally and internationally. The journal focuses on both the academic and practitioner reader. Its aim is to strengthen capabilities in the sector by documenting, growing and disseminating an emergency management body of knowledge. The journal strongly supports the role of the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience as a national centre of excellence for knowledge and skills development in the emergency management sector. Papers are published in all areas of emergency management. The journal encourages empirical reports but may include specialised theoretical, methodological, case study and review papers and opinion pieces. The views in the journal are not necessarily the views of the Australian Government, Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience or its partners.

In the October edition of the Journal there are two (2) interesting articles about Innovation hiding in plain sight: volunteer – driven case studies.

  1. Youth Development and Retention Project by Dr Faye Bendrups

  2. Transport solutions to enhance operational capability by Gordon Hall ESM

Both articles are well worth the read and can be accessed by the link below.