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24/06/2022 – About Tom Price SES Unit

Tom Price SES 

This is an article by Samantha Goerling for the ABC Pilbara office.

Western Australia’s Karijini National Park is famous for its steep chasms and deep gorges formed over 2.5 billion years, but its spectacular gorge environment can also be treacherous. 

When something goes wrong, it is often State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from the nearby town of Tom Price who carry out the challenging rescues — sometimes in extreme weather conditions.

Vertical rescue volunteer Simon Davidson has been with the Tom Price SES for 13 years, carrying out more than 100 rescues as a team leader.

He said there had been many “very, very lows, and very, very highs”.

In 2019, he was recognised with the WA Department of Fire & Emergency Services Peter Keillor Award for his work leading land searches in extreme heat conditions and highly technical deep gorge rescues.

Please take time to read the full article which can be found using the following link:

Karijini National Park chasms a challenge for Tom Price SES volunteers undertaking rescues – ABC News

Greg Cook SESVA President said” this is a great article about a hard working and dedicated SES Unit who carryout difficult and highly technical rescues”.




Simon Davidson, Sue Davies, Nicole Kelly are all dedicated members of Tom Price SES.(ABC Pilbara: Samantha Goerling)

16/06/2022 – SESVA Appointment of new Secretary

Appointment of new SESVA Secretary

With the retirement of long serving Secretary Lin Booth, the Management Committee has appointed Allen Gale ESM to the position. Many of you will know of Allen’s long association with the SES in WA having commenced as a volunteer in 1970.

Allen undertook numerous volunteer leadership roles with the SES up until 1989, including that of Local Manager, at which time he joined the WA State Emergency Service as a Training Officer based in Belmont. The the next 15 years saw Allen working across the state with SES units and volunteers, developing strong relationships and helping to build a well trained and well equipped community based emergency service that all West Australians could rely on and be proud of.

In 2005 Allen was appointed the Media Liaison Officer for FESA where he lead the media response during major incidents as well as providing support to volunteers and staff to build confidence and establish relationships with the media.

In 2013 Allen returned to DFES Operations Command as District Officer Operations Executive to provide strategic advice concerning processes and change management in relation to the SES which include considerable liaison and collaboration with executive members of the SESVA and representing DFES on the WA SES Volunteers Advisory Committee.

Allen retired two years ago to enjoy life with his retired wife Kaye, a former SES volunteer leader, and to spend quality time with family and friends. He continues to volunteer at the DFES Education and Heritage Centre in Perth and was recently co-opted to the SESVA Historical sub-committee due to his extensive involvement with the SES and broad ranging experience of the emergency services in WA.

He brings with him the required skills and experience to assist the SESVA and its members to meet its commitment to support and represent the interests of the SES volunteers and is eager to be part of a team that preserves our unique Civil Defence and SES history, while building our current strengths and seizing opportunities to advance the SES here in WA and nationally.




Allen Gale ESM

10/06/2022 – Scholarships available for Women in Leadership

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Women & Leadership Australia is currently offering professional development scholarships for the SES Volunteers Association of Western Australia staff and members. The scholarships are open to women across all areas of the Police, Defence and Emergency Services Sector, and we encourage you to share this opportunity with your members.

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) supports women at all levels across all sectors and industries. Our career-defining leadership programs bring together a focus on applied learning with the latest in leadership theory and practice. We believe that advancing gender equity, especially in leadership, is central to creating a more fair and inclusive society.

Through our Industry Partnership Framework, we work with hundreds of Australian associations and professional bodies to increase awareness and action around gender equity. With your support, we can continue to create meaningful opportunities for women leaders across the country. 

Scholarships of $1000-$5000 are available for women in the Police, Defence and Emergency Services Sector

To encourage more women to increase their impact at work and step into leadership roles across the Police, Defence and Emergency Services Sector, WLA is offering scholarships for four leadership development courses. Apply by 9 September or find out more by clicking here: 




15/06/2022 – SESVA Committee positions call for nominations


A number of Management Committee terms of appointment end at the 2022 Annual General Meeting.  Nominations for these vacancies, as listed below, are now called for.  All Units are invited to nominate a member for election as Vice President or a Regional Representative (where a vacancy will exist as per the attached list).

Units that wish to nominate a member of their Unit for a vacancy on the SESVA Management Committee must ensure the attached nomination form is completed and returned to the Secretary by the closing date 13 July 2022.

Please include a brief statement about the nominee’s relevant SES background that can be forwarded to Units should voting be required.  See attached table detailing the Regions where vacancies exist and the Units that fall within those regions.

All Units will be eligible to vote for the Vice President, but only Units within the relevant region will be eligible to vote for the Regional Representative positions.  Voting will be undertaken by email wherever possible, therefore please ensure your Unit completes the Unit Contact Details on the attached form and returns it by mail, or email. 

The election results will be announced at the 2022 Annual General Meeting, 9am Sunday 11 September following the WAFES Conference at Burswood.

Should no nominations be received for a vacant position on the Management Committee, the Committee may co-opt a person to the relevant position.  

Regions which do not have a representative on the Committee, do not always hear in a timely manner of items which affect them. This has caused issues for some regions in the past, so to ensure your region is kept fully informed, please ensure a delegate is nominated if your region is one with a vacancy.

If you have any questions about the Association and what being a member of the Management Committee entails, please do not hesitate to SESVA President, Mr Greg Cook: Mobile: 0418 403 960  Email:

Allen Gale

Secretary – SES Volunteers Association (Inc.)





SESVA Vice President (North Region)    2 year term expiring AGM 2024


Great Southern Region –  2 year appointment – term expiring AGM 2024

Albany, Denmark, Esperance, Gnowangerup, Mount Barker and Ravensthorpe            

North East Region – 2 year appointment – term expiring AGM 2024

Bassendean, Mundaring, Belmont and Swan

Midwest Gascoyne Region – 2 year appointment – term expiring AGM 2024

Carnarvon, Coastal Districts , Geraldton-Greenough, Kalbarri, Meekatharra , Moora     and  Shark Bay    

North Coastal Region –  2 year appointment – term expiring AGM 2024

Bayswater, Northshore, Stirling , Two Rocks and Wanneroo/Joondalup

Upper Great Southern Region  – 2 year appointment-  term expiring AGM 2024

Boddington, Narrogin , Pingelly and Wagin

Lower South West Region – 2 year appointment – term expires AGM 2024

Bridgetown, Busselton, Manjimup, Donnybrook, Margaret River, Nannup and Walpole                                            

South Coastal Region – 1 year appointment – term expires AGM 2023

Cockburn, Rockingham-Kwinana, Melville and Mandurah

14/06/2002 – WA New Police Commissioner appointed

New WA Police Commissioner

The Governor in Executive Council has today appointed Col Blanch as the next Police Commissioner of Western Australia.  Mr Blanch’s appointment is for five years commencing July 15, 2022.  

Mr Blanch has served as a Deputy Commissioner in the WA Police Force for the past three years, overseeing key portfolios including Gang Crime, Homicide, Organised Crime, and State Intelligence.    

Over almost 30 years of law enforcement, Mr Blanch has held several high-profile roles including Chair of the WA State Emergency Coordination Group, Former Executive Director of Intelligence for the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and Australian Crime Commission State Manager for Victoria. 

The selection process for the Commissioner included advertising across Australia and New Zealand and resulted in candidates from other jurisdictions as well as WA. 

Premier Mark McGowan said: “Col Blanch has proven himself a leader of integrity who cares deeply about safety of the community and those serving under his Command.  

“Mr Blanch was selected as the outstanding candidate on advice from a panel of eminent individuals with experience as senior practitioners in the public service, academia, emergency services and policing. 

“Mr Blanch has been directly involved in shepherding the state through the pandemic and he is well placed to lead the Western Australian Police Force as it confronts challenges of the post pandemic world.” 

Police Minister Paul Papalia said:  “Mr Blanch has proven capacity in the role of Commissioner, having successfully performed extensive periods as Acting Commissioner in recent years. 

“Under Mr Blanch’s leadership, WA Police simultaneously kept the community safe during the COVID-19 state of emergency and began a transformation into the world-class organisation it is today.  

“Mr Blanch has been directly responsible for transforming policing in the State through employing cutting-edge technology to combine real time intelligence with operations.”

SESVA President Greg Cook said:” I am sure all SES  Volunteers will join with me in congratulating Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch on his appointment of the Western Australian Police Commissioner”.




WA new Police Commissioner Col Blanch

01/06/2022 – News from Busselton SES

Busselton SES – LAT Support Operations

With the scorching weather has disappearing Busselton SES Volunteers are back to sweaters and track pants and the only kind of fire they want you see is the warm pot belly in the family room.

And now its time to reflect and review of the SES Large Air Tanker support operation conducted last summer, or as they like to call it the “DFES Weight Loss Challenge”.

So here is some statics on the operation:

  • Number of LAT missions flown: 113 over 20 incidents.
  • Number of LAT crew on airport duty for 130 days: 19
  • Amount of retardant dropped onto fire ground sites: 1,521,320 litres.
  • Hottest temp recorded at the airport (tarmac level): 46.23 degrees.
  • Number of babies born to members of LAT crew during summer: 1
  • Number of Christmas day beers not drunk: unknown (many)
  • Approximately 1,275 litres of water and Gatorade drunk.
  • Whiteboard pens that got lost we thank you for your service.
  • Number of phone calls and texts sent: 238 after that we lost count.
  • Number of birthdays had for LAT crew: 2
  • Number of man hours spent by crew and support staff: 675.45
  • Number of tanti’s had by duty officer: impossible to determine.

We thank all the employers of the SES Volunteer LAT crew for being amazing during the last fire season, somewhere good days others were bigger than Ben Hur. We also of course appreciate the family members and the support network of the team during what turned out to be one of the biggest seasons we have had, and the Crew for their amazing dedication to the service, attitude and humour, teamwork and just being you!!

Busselton SES Team Orange (during summer Team Pink with retardant stains).

SESVA President Greg Cook” We congratulate the Busselton SES Unit on the commitment and dedication and hard work during this firefighting support operations”. He also said” Each SES Volunteer and their support networks are commended on this effort during these large and extended operations”.

Busselton SES Volunteers in action
Busselton SES Volunteers in action
Busselton SES Volunteers in action