About the State Emergency Service (SES)

The State Emergency Service (SES) is a division of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) which is made up of volunteers who come from all walks of life, and give up their time to help others during emergency situations or when disaster strikes.

The State Emergency Service provides a wide range of services which involves providing emergency temporary repairs on buildings, to the 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 State Emergency Service’s responsibility.  Volunteers also work alongside the WA Police to carry out land search, cliff, aerial and cave rescues.  State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers can also assist with air search observation.

In some of the more remote areas, State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers are responsible for the difficult and gruelling task of extricating people from vehicles involved in traumatic road crash incidents.

The State Emergency Service is a large team of volunteers and many work diligently behind the scenes as radio or computer operators, in administration or incident control, planning and logistics.

Equally important is the State Emergency Service’s role in actively promoting safety education, prevention and preparation measures in visits to service groups, senior centres and homes, local business and schools. See how Two Rocks Unit is working with the community.

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteer training includes:

  • First aid
  • Map reading and navigation
  • Land search techniques
  • Storm damage techniques
  • Flood boat rescue
  • General rescue
  • Radio communications
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • 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

Find out more about becoming a volunteer at Two Rocks State Emergency Service (SES)