The history of the ACT State Emergency Service starts with the raising of a Civil Defence Corps during the second World War.
Early in the 1970’s the name was changed to the ACT Emergency Service.
Early in the 1990’s, the ACT emergency services community formed the Emergency Management Group and a few years later this became the ACT Emergency Services Bureau. The ACT Emergency Service formed part of the Bureau.
On 1 July 2004, the Bureau became the ACT Emergency Services Authority of which one component was the ACT State Emergency Service.
On 1 July 2006, the Authority then became the ACT Emergency Services Agency within the ACT Department of Justice and Community Safety.
For a more detailed history of the SES, download the “History of the State Emergency Service [.PDF 35 KB]“, researched and written by one of our organisation’s long serving members, Bruce Lang.