New South Wales State Emergency Service

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NSW State Emergency Service
NSW SES Logo.jpg
NSW State Emergency Service Logo
NSW SES Rondell.jpg
NSW State Emergency Service Rondell
Agency overview
Formed 1955
Preceding agencies
  • State Emergency Services
    (April 1955 – September 1955)
  • Civil Defence
    (September 1955 – 1989)
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Headquarters Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Employees 329 (2012)[1]
Annual budget A$96 million (2012)[1]
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Key documents
Website ses.nsw.gov.au

The New South Wales State Emergency Service (NSW SES), an agency of the Government of New South Wales, is an emergency and rescue service dedicated to assisting the community in times of natural and man-made disasters. The NSW SES is made up almost entirely of volunteer members, numbering approximately 9,000 as of October 2015,[2] via 228 suburban, regional and rural units located throughout New South Wales. The volunteers are easily identified by their distinctive orange overalls.

With its history going back to 1955, a State Emergency Services' organisation was established after the Hunter Valley floods of 1955, when they merged with Civil Defence in response to fears of a nuclear attack, and then restructured in 1972 and again in 1989, following the enactment of the State Emergency Service Act, 1989 (NSW).

The agency is led by its Commissioner who reports to the Minister for Emergency Services, presently The Honorable Troy Grant MP.

Emergency support[edit]

The major responsibilities of the NSW SES are for flood (including Flood Rescue), tsunami and storm operations. The NSW SES also provides the majority of General Land Rescue effort in the rural parts of the state. This includes road crash rescue, vertical rescue, general rescue, bush search and rescue, evidence searches (both metropolitan and rural) and other forms of specialist rescue that may be required due to local threats. The Service's trained rescuers also support the full-time emergency services during major disasters.[2]

The NSW SES also assist other emergency services when they are performing major operations. These services include the New South Wales Police Force, the NSW Rural Fire Service, the Fire and Rescue NSW and the Ambulance Service of New South Wales.

Organisational structure[edit]

The state headquarters of the NSW SES is located in Wollongong, with 17 regional headquarters located across the state. Region boundaries are generally based on river catchments, reflecting that floods are a major part of their work. The boundaries for the NSW SES's 240+ units are based broadly on local government boundaries, however, some units may cover 2 local government areas, where other units may be split into 2 sub-units for 1 local government area.

NSW SES volunteer units are managed by Local Controllers. Where there is more than one unit in a local government area, or a number of units in close concentration, a Unit Controller is appointed to manage each unit with a Local Controller overseeing operations on a larger scale than at the individual unit but smaller scale than at the Regional Headquarters. Region offices are managed by a Region Controller. Offices also have a Deputy Region Controller, Learning and Development Officer, Business Manager and Business Services Officer. A number of Regions have additional Learning and Development Officers, Volunteer Support Officers and/or Community Engagement Coordinators. Volunteers may also be attached to a region office.

The 17 regions are Central West, Clarence Nambucca, Far West, Hunter, Illawarra South Coast, Lachlan, Macquarie, Murray, Murrumbidgee, Namoi, North West, Mid North Coast, Richmond Tweed, Southern Highlands, Sydney Northern, Sydney Southern, Sydney Western.

At a state level, Directors are responsible for key functional areas (Finance and Asset Management, Regional Operations, People and Culture, Information Technology and Emergency Management and Strategy,Policy and Innovation). All these positions are based at NSW SES State Headquarters in Wollongong.

Regions / Units[edit]

Regions Central West Clarence-Nambucca Far West Hunter Illawarra South Coast Lachlan Macquarie Murray Murrumbidgee
Units
  • Bathurst
  • Blaney
  • Burraga
  • Canowindra
  • Eugowra
  • Lithgow
  • Molong
  • Oberon
  • Orange City
  • Portland
  • Sofala
  • Bellingen
  • Brushgrove
  • Coffs Harbour City
  • Copmanhurst
  • Corindi
  • Dorrigo
  • Grafton City
  • Lawerence
  • Maclean
  • Nambucca
  • Nymboida
  • Ulmarra
  • Urunga
  • Yamba
  • Bourke
  • Brewarrina
  • Broken Hill
  • Cobar
  • Euabalong
  • Ivanhoe
  • Menindee
  • Packsaddle
  • Tibooburra
  • White Cliffs
  • Wilcannia
  • Aberdeen
  • Cessnock City
  • City of Newcastle
  • Cooranbong
  • Denman
  • Dungog
  • Lake Macquarie City
  • Maitland
  • Merriwa
  • Muswellbrook
  • Port Stephens
  • Scone
  • Singleton
  • Tomaree
  • Yuraygir
  • Batemans Bay
  • Bega
  • Bermagui
  • Consiton
  • Eden
  • Kiama
  • Moruya
  • Shellharbour City
  • Nowra
  • Ulladulla
  • St Georges Basin
  • Wingecarribee
  • Wollongong City
  • Condolbolin
  • Cowra
  • Forbes
  • Gooloogong
  • Grenfell
  • Lake Cargelligo
  • Parkes
  • Peak Hill
  • Trundle
  • West Wyalong
  • Baradine
  • Carinda
  • Collarenberi
  • Coonamble
  • Dubbo
  • Dunedoo
  • Gilgandra
  • Lighting Ridge
  • Mudgee
  • Narromine
  • Nyngan
  • Rylstone
  • Walgett
  • Warren
  • Wellington
  • Albury
  • Balranald
  • Barham
  • Berringan
  • Corowa
  • Deniliquin-Conargo
  • Holbrook
  • Jerilderie
  • Khancoban
  • Mathoura
  • Moama
  • Tumbarumba
  • Urana
  • Wentworth
  • Coleambally
  • Coolamon
  • Cootamundra
  • Goolgowi
  • Griffith
  • Gundagai
  • Hay
  • Hillston
  • Junee
  • Leeton
  • Narrandera
  • Temora
  • The Rock
  • Tumut
  • Wagga Wagga
Regions Namoi North West Mid North Coast Richmond-Tweed Southern Highlands Sydney Northern Sydney Southern Sydney Western
Units
  • Armidale-Dumaresq
  • Barraba
  • Boggabri
  • Gunnedah
  • Guyra
  • Liverpool Plains
  • Manilla
  • Narrabri
  • Nundle
  • Pilliga
  • Tambar Springs
  • Tamworth Regional Council
  • Tingha
  • Uralla
  • Walcha
  • Wee Waa
  • Ashford
  • Bingara
  • Boggabilla
  • Deepwater
  • Garah
  • Glen Innes
  • Inverell
  • Moree
  • Munindi
  • Tenterfield
  • Warialda
  • Yetman
  • Camden Haven
  • Forester Pacific Palms
  • Gladstone
  • Gloucester Shire
  • Harrington
  • Karuah Valley
  • Kempsey Shire
  • Lord Howe Island
  • Nabiac
  • Port Macquarie Hastings
  • South West Rocks
  • Taree
  • Wauchope
  • Wingham
  • Ballina
  • Broadwater
  • Casino
  • Coraki
  • Kyogle
  • Lismore City
  • Mullimbimby
  • Murwillumbah
  • Tabulam
  • Tweed Heads
  • Tweed Coast
  • Urbenville
  • Woodburn
  • Bigga
  • Bombala
  • Braidwood
  • Bungendore
  • Captains Flat
  • Collector
  • Cooma-Monaro
  • Crookwell
  • Goulburn
  • Harden
  • Nimmitabel
  • Queanbeyan
  • Snowy River
  • Sutton
  • Windellama
  • Yass
  • Young
  • Gosford
  • Hornsby
  • Hunters Hill
  • Ku-Ring-Gai
  • Manly
  • Mosman
  • North Sydney
  • Ryde
  • Warringah-Pittwater
  • Willoughby-Lane Cove
  • Wyong
  • Bankstown
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Canterbury
  • City of Sydney
  • Fairfield
  • Hurstville
  • Kogarah
  • Liverpool
  • Marrickville
  • Randwick
  • Rockdale
  • Sutherland
  • Waverley-Wollahra
  • Wollondilly
  • Ashfield-Leichhardt
  • Auburn
  • Blacktown
  • Blue Mountains
  • Burwood
  • Canada Bay
  • Hawkesbury
  • Holroyd
  • Mount Druitt
  • Parramatta
  • Penrith
  • Strathfield
  • The Hills

Rank Structure[edit]

Unranked positions
Position Cadet All Others Operations Media Peer Support Community Education Community Engagement Chaplain (Christian) Chaplain (Jewish) Senior Chaplain
Insignia
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - SES Cadet.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - All Others.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Operations.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Media Insignia.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Peer Support Group.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Community Education.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Community Engagement.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Chaplain (Christian).png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Chaplain (Jewish).png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Senior Chaplain.png
Rank Positions
Rank Deputy Team Leader Team Leader Deputy Officer Officer Deputy Unit Controller Unit Controller Local Controller Deputy Region Controller RegionController Assistant Commissioner Deputy Commissioner Commissioner
Insignia
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Deputy Team Leader.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Team Leader.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Deputy Officer.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Officer.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Deputy Unit Controller.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Unit Controller.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Local Controller.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Deputy Region Controller.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Region Controller.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Assistant Commissioner.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Deputy Commissioner.png
New South Wales State Emergency Service insignia - Commissioner.png
Alternative Rank
  • Region Business Services Officer
  • Deputy Local Controller
  • Region Business Manager
  • Region Learning & Development Officer
  • Region Community Engagement Coordinator
  • SHQ Department Assistant Manager
  • State Protocol Officer
  • SHQ Department Manager
  • Director

Honours and Awards[edit]

NSW SES Life Member.png NSW SES Life Member
NSW SES Commissioner's Unit Citation.png NSW SES Commissioner's Unit Citation
NSW SES Commissioner's Commendation for Courage
NSW SES Commissioner's Commendation for Service
NSW SES Long Service Medal
NSW SES Long Service Badge - 5 years
National Medal (Australia) ribbon.jpg National Medal
ESM Australia ribbon.png Emergency Service Medal (EMS)

Funding and support[edit]

The NSW SES receives funding primarily from the NSW Government and donations made by members of the public. Resources are often obtained through numerous grants provided by public and private entities.

Photos[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Annual Report". NSW State Emergency Service. Government of New South Wales. 2012. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "About us". State Emergency Service. Government of New South Wales. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 

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