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SES Volunteer Emergency Communications Officers CSU

SES Communications Support Unit

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The Communications Support Unit is expanding to meet an increased demand! Vacancies are now available for new volunteers in a variety of roles. We have opportunities for volunteers from all backgrounds and with varied skills.

The Communications Support Unit (CSU) is one of the most active State Emergency Service (SES) units in WA and operates on a 24/7 basis, providing essential communications services and equipment whenever and wherever needed.

If you are keen to find out more, want to help the community in emergency situations, and are enthusiastic to learn new skills, there is a place for you!


What does the Communications Support Unit do?

  • CSU is a specialist State Emergency Service Unit that provides radio and datacomms support to the Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES), the Western Australian Police (WAPOL), and DBCA at emergency incidents
  • All CSU Members are volunteers. We provide 24/7 support to Communities across Western Australia in times of need.
  • As part of the State Emergency Service we respond to natural hazards including Bushfires, Storms, Floods, Cyclones, and Earthquakes, as-well as supporting WAPOL in ground and air searches

Our tasks include:

  • Radio Operations — Basic and Advanced
  • Base Radio Operators
  • Installation and operation of Emergency Communication Systems for Incident Management Teams and Ground Services
  • Communications Planning
  • Mapping
  • Incident Management Support
  • Call Takers for the SES Emergency Number 132 500
  • Trainers for Radio Operations

What do we provide?

  • Primary training in all our tasking activities
  • Secondary training in all SES Operations
  • Uniforms and equipment
  • A safe and friendly volunteering environment

What are we looking for?

  • A can-do attitude
  • Willingness to give it a go
  • Openness to learning new skills and gaining new abilities
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment
  • Safety awareness in stressful environments

Applications close 14 June 2022.


  • Covid-19 vaccination
  • National Police Certificate *

You will need to be fully vaccinated (including a booster if applicable to you).
DFES will obtain a National Police Certificate for you at no cost.
A current driver's licence and access to a vehicle is recommended but not essential.

* May be arranged via the Organisation. Details to be provided on expression of interest.

  • Location

    Kewdale WA

  • Service

    • State Emergency Service
  • Commitment

    Regular - more than 6 months

  • Time Required

    We train weekly on Wednesday nights from 6:30pm. External training is conducted at your own pace. If you are interested, we'll require your attendance in our induction program. Once trained you may be asked to attend call-outs and other opportunities as required to assist the community, the State Emergency Service, and DFES in emergency situations.

  • Training

    Full training will be provided, and CSU will run a full induction program. Further information will be provided at unit tours, where you'll have an opportunity to ask any questions.

Express your interest

Some opportunities are gender specific.
Some organisations have age limited insurance.

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