What We Do - SES Hedland
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What We Do

The State Emergency Service (SES) is the Hazard Management Agency (HMA) for flood, cyclone, storm, tsunami and earthquake in Western Australia, managing responses to these emergencies and helping communities to prepare through planning and education.

As well as operating the largest road rescue network in Australia, we also assist the Western Australia Police in search and rescue operations and play an important support role during major bushfire responses.

Emergency Management

Coordinating emergency preparation and response for flood, storm, tsunami and earthquake is the organisation’s primary role. Your local SES Headquarters works with the regional offices and other agencies to prepare and warn communities with public safety advice and emergency plans.

Unit Responsibilities

Within the Emergency Management arena the response profiles are broken up into three areas, being;

  • Hazard Management Agency – A public authority which, because of legislative responsibility or specialised knowledge, expertise and resources, is responsible for emergency management.
  • Combat Authority – An organisation which, because of its expertise and resources, is primarily responsible for dealing with a particular hazard.
  • Support Agency – An agency designated to assist a specific primary agency with available resources, capabilities, or expertise in support of emergency support response operations.

The Hedland SES Unit has the following responsibility profile within DFES (Department of Fire and Emergency Services)

CycloneLand SearchAir/Sea Search
FloodFlood BoatEmergency Operations Centre
EarthquakeSupport to Bush Fire Fighting
Resupply of Isolated Communities
Resource Coordination
Emergency Resupply
Misc Support

Community planning and education

The Hedland SES works closely with local governments to develop emergency management plans, providing advice, information, education and training. We are also required to audit Emergency Management Plans every two years.

The Hedland SES Unit also engages directly with communities, educating West Australian’s on how to prepare for natural hazards. Programs are aimed at building resilient communities that are less affected by flood, storm, tsunami and earthquake.