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08/10/2021 – Emergency Services Medal (ESM)

Emergency Services Medal (ESM)

The ESM recognises distinguished service provided by members of an Australian emergency service, including the SES.

Announcements of ESM recipients is conducted twice a year, being the Australia Day Honours List in January and Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June however, nominations can be submitted any time during the year via the DFES Rewards and
Recognition Team.

The nomination form provides information about eligibility, criteria and the information needed to be included in the submission.  If you know a member that goes above and beyond please consider nominating them for such an important award.

Further information about the ESM can be found on the  DFES Volunteer Hub

Emergency Services Medal (on the left)

05/10/2021 – SES Regional Exercises

SES Volunteer Regional Exercises

Some of us within the Volunteer SES ranks  are working hard to bring back the regional exercises that we used to enjoy so much.  They were a weekend away with your colleagues to learn and test many of the skills that we touch on during our normal training.

The vision is to connect with each other, test each other and enjoy the company after hours with each other.

Progress with the working group sees more regions and units sitting around the table building what we want and please don’t forget, when we have a full picture, we will engage with our colleagues in the regional offices.

Whilst I’m positive this will start in a smaller capacity, we will build on this. Of course SES Units will be invited to join in this state-wide series of events.  This will not affect Unit’s budget as it will be funded through your Association.

Let’s get involved!

Regional exercise from the past
Regional exercise
Regional exercise

04/10/2021 – WAFES Conference Feedback

WAFES  Conference Feedback
 

DFES as part of their consultation have asked for feedback from you on this year’s conference at Burswood.

Please share your thoughts with us so we can provide a consolidated review from the SES and allow for improved SES themed representation next year.

Please send an email with your thoughts to Bella in our office
sesva.office@ses-wa.asn.au

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04/10/2021 – SES Volunteer Deployment Register

 SES Volunteer Deployment Register

During October DFES will issue an expression of interest for those wanting to participate and be included in the 2021/22 deployment register.

The Deployment Register captures the details of those who may be called upon for Intrastate, Interstate and International travel should additional resources be requested or required for an emergency response.

SES volunteers wanting to put themselves forward for any of the deployment options will need to complete and submit the nomination form, include their preferences and enter current competencies.

Volunteers may be subject to completing a pre – deployment  medical questionnaire or undergo medical checks prior to being deployed and if selecting the ‘international’ option, must have a valid passport with at least 6 months currency available.

Nomination forms should be provided to your Local Manager for endorsement.

Please note, there is no penalty or scrutiny for any member should they be called upon and not be in a position to be deployed at that particular time.

For further information about deployments please see Directive 2.4 which can be found on the  DFES Volunteer Hub

 

 

 

 

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30/09/2021 – SESVA Presidents Report October 2021

SESVA presidents Report October 2021

Hello once again,
This past month has been eventful in many different areas for SES Volunteers. Operationally we continue to serve our communities in storm, rescue and search operations. How proud we are of all of you. 

The DFES Commissioner has released an Infection Control Policy to help assisting all of us to stay healthy in what has been a first for us all in the journey of the worldwide pandemic being COVID 19.

I ask you to please protect yourselves and your loved ones by getting vaccinated.  I don’t believe that anyone really goes out to become infected but as emergency service workers, we all attend many unknown people and places in response to community needs. Taking a chance is a risk that could affect those we share our lives with.

The WAFES conference has been and gone for 2021. It was great to catch-up with many of you during the weekend and then at your SES Association AGM on the Sunday morning.  Speaking to many attendees, we had varying feedback and thoughts on the WAFES Conference. Please feed  this back to us so we can advocate for improvement.

Your Association AGM was held at 10:00 AM on the Sunday morning at Burswood. Thank you for your support and enabling an overwhelming vote for me to remain as your President. Thank you so much and it is humbling. I do accept the responsibility with broader experience and greater resolve that as an advocate, together we can achieve so much as we have challengers within the SES in our future.

The elephant in the room will be the new Emergency Services Legislation.  Your Association is working hard behind the scenes and will be communicating with all units in the not to distant future. This is to ensure that you are all given the ability to be heard and consulted. This consultation is about what you want rather than telling what you are getting. This is of critical importance that we influence the legislation before the draft for wider consultation is delivered to the wider community. 

Your Association looks forward to hearing from you and thank you in advance.  Once again, take care out there. Whether in training or operation, in Orange we are risking life and limb in serving to our communities.

Thank you.

Greg Cook President SESVA
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