SES Volunteers Association (SESVA) – Stand 313
The State Emergency Service in Western Australia was established in July 1959 for the purpose of “coping with civil disasters, including fires, floods, cyclones, railway accidents, crashed aircraft, explosions and the search for lost persons”.
Over the years, the role of the SES Volunteers has changed dramatically, where today they are a first response service for Cyclone, Storm, Flood, Earthquake and Tsunami. Where designated, the SES Volunteers are responders to road crash rescue, vertical rescue, cliff rescue and search for lost persons, and provide a support function to local government and DFES in relation to bushfires.
The SES Volunteers train in many core areas to become proficient in the response to all of their roles. The SES Volunteers Association (SESVA) is an advocacy body and is recognised in legislation as the prescribed Association for SES Volunteers.
The SESVA have members sitting on more than twenty DFES committees, to not only provide input but to provide the empathy and understanding to DFES staff on the roles undertaken by the SES Volunteers.
There is also a Ministerial Committee, the SES Volunteer Advisory Committee, which has DFES staff and SES Volunteers appointed to provide input at the higher strategic levels.