When a natural disaster strikes or an emergency situation arises, DFES’s State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers can be found providing a wide range of volunteer services to help the community cope from the impact a disaster.
This involves providing emergency repairs on buildings, to restoration of essential services and ferrying cargo and passengers across flood waters.
Helping the community to recover by responding to natural disasters is only part of SES’ responsibility. Volunteers also carry out land search working alongside WA Police, cliff, aerial and cave rescues. SES volunteers can also assist with air search observation.
In some areas SES volunteers are responsible for the difficult and gruelling task of extricating people from vehicles involved in traumatic road crash incidents.
There are over 2,100 SES volunteers in WA. Many work diligently behind the scenes as radio or computer operators, in administration or incident control, planning and logistics.
SES volunteers also actively promote safety education, prevention and preparation measures in visits to service groups, senior centres and homes, local business and schools.
SES volunteer training includes:
- First aid
- Map reading and navigation
- Land search techniques
- Storm damage techniques
- Flood boat rescue
- General rescue
- Radio communications
- Driving vehicles for emergencies
- Road crash rescue
- Single rope techniques (abseiling) and vertical rescue
- Observation from aircraft and supply dropping
- Ground support for fire services
If you are looking for opportunities to volunteer in your local area, please visit the
Emergency Services Volunteer Recruitment website.
You can also contact your local SES unit or visit the SES Volunteers Association of WA.
For SES emergency assistance during a storm, cyclone, earthquake, flood or tsunami, please ring 132 500. Click here for information about when you should call the SES.